Advanced Certificate in Journalism for the Digital Age


One Year Full-time


Level 6 QQI Award Media Production (6M5130)

Course Aims

This programme is designed to equip learners with the skills, knowledge and confidence for a career in journalism in this digital era. Learners will gain new skills and learn about broadcast journalism through DFEi’s radio station ‘The Wave’. Learners will also generate two blogs, based on news and opinion. Both journalism courses have a strong record of progression to third level institutions

Course Requirements

One of the following:
• Level 5 QQI Award in Journalism or equivalent
• Degree Graduates
• Applications are welcome from mature learners who have significant previous experience in Journalism

Course Modules

• Editing and Sub-Editing
• Feature Writing
• News Writing
• Media Ethics and Legal Framework
• Media Industry Awareness
• Radio News Broadcasting
• Journalistic Research Skills
• Personal and Professional Development
• Communications
• Shorthand

Progression Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this course, learners may beGraduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the higher education links scheme to a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at both Universities and Institutes of Technology.

Due to ongoing developments in QQI, award names and content are subject to change.

Higher Education Links Scheme

Examples of advanced entry links from Level 6:


BA in Media Studies (MH109)
National University of Ireland Maynooth
BA in Journalism and Visual Media (GC450)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Griffith College Dublin
BA in Journalism (DT582)
Advanced entry into 2nd Year
Dublin Institute of Technology


For details of the above and all other progression routes to the Institutes of Technology and the Universities visit and or contact the Admissions Office of the relevant Higher Education Institution.


"Without the support of the teachers at DFi, I would not be completing the BA in Journalism at DIT and stepping closer to a career in Journalism".

Michelle Dardis, graduate

Career Paths

Graduates have progressed on to work in the print and digital media as freelance or staffing journalists, writing or editing content. Graduates also work in press offices and as print, design and layout assistants.