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    Hi guys. I am currently seriously considering applying to study a foundation degree Journalism at UCLan in 2012. I dropped out of school at 17 due to personal circumstances. Whilst at college i was studying Media, ICT, English Language and Law (all at AS Level). However i did not complete the courses. I am now 22 after 5 years in various jobs ranging from call centres to casinos, I am now yearning to get back into full time education and pursue the career i was looking forward to as a teenager. Unfortunately i have very little journalistic experience, if any, and would appreciate any advice on what I can do in order to increase my chances of being accepted onto the course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have personally participated in the course. Cheers guys!!

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    (Original post by cardiffjay89)
    Hi guys. I am currently seriously considering applying to study a foundation degree Journalism at UCLan in 2012. I dropped out of school at 17 due to personal circumstances. Whilst at college i was studying Media, ICT, English Language and Law (all at AS Level). However i did not complete the courses. I am now 22 after 5 years in various jobs ranging from call centres to casinos, I am now yearning to get back into full time education and pursue the career i was looking forward to as a teenager. Unfortunately i have very little journalistic experience, if any, and would appreciate any advice on what I can do in order to increase my chances of being accepted onto the course. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, especially if you have personally participated in the course. Cheers guys!!

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    The usual thing that admissions staff like to look for is evidence - maybe writing for the school mag, exhibition of photos, volunteer broadcaster with a community radio station etc.

    In many ways it is easier than ever to put a portfolio together with the advances in technology. You could start a blog. Set up a gallery of your pictures on flickr or similar, if it's photojournalism you're into. Write some articles - there are a few sites around who want reviews of things, whether it be restaurants on Time Out or films on IMDB.

    Really you need to ask yourself what it is about journalism that interests you, then go and work on putting together some examples to demonstrate that.
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    Hi CardiffJay,
    I was one of the very first students to do the foundation degree in Journalism at UCLan back in 2007.
    This summer I graduated with a 2:1 in Broadcast Journalism.
    All I can say to to you is GO FOR IT!!!
    I was a mature student, with no journalism experience at all (have been a beauty therapist all my adult life) I came across the course by chance and started on the path to fulfill my childhood ambitions! (better late than never).

    The foundation gives a real grounding in journalism... all aspects....print, broadcast and online.

    It leads to the 3 year degree at UCLan, but first you have a year's experience of having classes at Radio Lancashire coupled with classes at Preston and the chance to produce items for broadcast on air on radio Lancashire.
    The first year of the degree is almost a repeat of the foundation year but I found that to be an advantage because it re-enforced everything that I learned....although now if you do well enough you can skip year one....though having my time again I would still do the full 4 years.
    I now work freelance at Radio 4
    I hope that this helps you decide. Good luck.
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    Hi, also, just ring the uni and speak to Julie Freers or Deborah Robinson ...Their offices are in Greenbank building, they will tell you what you need, although the course is designed for people with no formal qualifications.... you might have life experience that is relevent. Good Luck again.
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    Any work experience in the field wil defiantly help journalism is a practical subject to you need the practical skills.. maybe work on a local newspaper or magazine or radio station good luck x
 
 
 
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