Advance Diploma: Journalism

As part of their Journalism programme, all students complete a course on Entrepreneurship. The intention is to

instil entrepreneurial skills to support their academic qualifications. Many products of the Sub - Department have

successfully entered into entrepreneurial activities using the various media-related skills acquired during their

academic programme.

What can a diplomate do in this career?

Journalism is a vast field and it is growing day by day. During the early days, it was limited to the print sector

(newspapers and magazines) but now television, radio and the internet are important fields in journalism. Our

qualification prepares you for a satisfying and challenging career in these fields.

Who will employ a diplomate?

Community, Commercial and Public media entities

 Purpose of the Qualification

Students who obtain the ND: Journalism will have been equipped with the theoretical and practical knowledge

needed to operate efficiently, independently and professionally in a media environment producing basic media

products as a journalist/ media worker.

Exit Level Outcomes of the Programme

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Develop in-depth print media content from its inception through to the final product in a contextualised


  • Develop in-depth broadcast news reports from inception through to the final product in a contextualised


  • Develop specialised reports or features for print, broadcast or online distribution in a contextualised


  • Edit content for print media genres.
  • Use established ENG techniques to news gather information for the production of broadcast content.

Critical Cross-Field Outcomes

  • Identifying and solving problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and

creative thinking have been made.

  • Working with others effectively as a member of a team, group, organisation and community.
  • Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
  • Collecting, organising, analysing and critically evaluating information.
  • Communicating effectively using visual, mathematical and/ or language skills in the modes of written or oral


N Minimum Admission Requirementsational Senior Certificate (NSC)

National Senior Certificate Accumulated points score Required NSC Subjects (Compulsory). The minimum statutory NSC requirements for Certificate entry must be met. Level 4 in English Home Language or English First Additional Language as well as a rating level of 3 or better in 3 NSC 20 credit subjects. FET College : N3 Certificate with level 4 for English.

Admission Rules & Applications for Recognition of Credits

For Admission Rules see the section on Admission Requirements above. In addition the Department will consider

courses done at other Tertiary Institutions for exemption, in accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the

University subject to the following criteria.

If a student wishes to graduate from WSU but decides to enrol for one or more programme courses at another

university, then the student must lodge a written application (through the HOD) before registration at the other

Institution. Students must take note of the institutional rules which state that:

Not more than 50 % of the courses in the qualification will be exempted in this way.

All exit level courses must be done at WSU.

Only in exceptional circumstances will recognition of one (1) exit level subject from another university be considered

but such consideration is subject to a recommendation from the Department and approval thereof by Senate.

Any provisional approval by school/faculty is subject to final approval by Senate [also see WSU’s General Rules &


Where the applicant cannot meet the criteria as is stipulated in this section, the applicant will be advised that the

qualification cannot be awarded by WSU and that he/she should apply to graduate at the other Institution.

Applications from students wishing to enrol for individual courses, which will not lead to the award of a qualification

(i.e. enrol for non degree/diploma purposes) will only be considered after students wishing to study towards full

degree/diploma qualifications have been accommodated, as enrolment is subject to space being available.

Students coming from other higher education institutions are to be advised at admission, by the Head of

Department that admission to the programme remains provisional and that at registration they are required to

immediately apply for recognition of any credits which they wish to be considered. Approval of such applications

is subject to the Application for Recognition of Credits form being approved by Senate. Where a student wishes to

apply to graduate the fully completed Applications for Recognition of Credits, should form part of the graduation

application and must be received by the HoD before 15th January (for May graduation event) and before 30 April

(for September graduation event). Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the non processing of

applications and/or automatic de-registration of students.