Sunday, 26 August 2012

Access to Journalism Course. Bad Exam Results? Hope is not lost.

The Access to Journalism Course in Truro, Cornwall, is  due to start again on 12 September, and is where Rambulation learnt her new calling.

There are only a few Access to Journalism courses in the country and some students came from Manchester, Essex and Surrey to Truro in order to do the course.

Access courses give students who have no qualifications or who have done badly in their GCSEs or A levels a second chance.

Access Courses in whatever subject are the equivalent of three A levels in one year. Students can therefore go straight to university providing they pass the Access coursework qualifications and examination, of course.

The Journalism course combines advanced computer and digital photography skills, radio broadcasting and needless to say, the law, government and how to write for the multimedia.

It is on 3 days a week, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm,  5 hours a day, 18 hours a week. A lot of writing and research on assignments takes up the rest of the time , but it helps students as they can earn money during the rest of the week with a part time job and somehow fit in their coursework.

L-R  Glen, Jamie, Joe, Damian, tutor Jane and Mary
Jane Stanley, who runs the Access to Journalism course, has had great success with her students, who are usually accepted straightaway by their chosen university, such is the calibre of her teaching.
Jamie Lewis, 21,  was a fellow student with me, and is a case in point, although he didn’t want to go to university. While a student he started up a blog and after passing the Access course was employed straightaway by The International Business Times as a reporter and ran a blog on mental health for the Huffington Post.
Jamie took the final Journalism course online in his spare time plus examination and has done all this in just over a year. He now works for The Independent's website.
See his article on Access courses at
Jane Stanley wrote and started the Access course seven years ago, focusing on practical journalism and academic study skills. She sums up: “Students who complete the course have a definite advantage when they move onto journalism degrees but they also do well in a variety of other disciplines. The ability to write, research and communicate as well as to work both individually and as part of a team is valuable no matter what they move on to”.

Haven  House, Quay St., Truro TR1 2UY

The Access to Journalism Course takes place in the heart of Truro city at Haven House, which is part of Truro and Penwith College. Haven House has excellent facilities and a good little café overlooking the river with free newspapers and some homemade soup or dish of the day, wraps etc.The cafe is in itself a training course for students with disabilities who learn to make and to serve the food. Trainee students elsewhere in the building can give you facials and a very low cost.Haven House is indeed a haven of adult education for anyone, with a range of computer, hair, beauty and Open University courses, apart from the journalism course. 


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