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Occupational Certificate: Journalist NQF5

SAQA ID: 101872, 193 Credits (RED SEAL*)

The purpose of Occupational Certificate: Journalist is to prepare a learner to operate as a Journalist. A Journalist originates and pitches content ideas, collects and analyses information for journalistic use, and creates and delivers content for an array of journalistic purposes in a variety of formats and on various media platforms. Journalists keep the public informed about developments, events and issues and how these affect people's lives. Learn how to investigate stories, provide critique and educate the public. This qualification covers online/digital journalism and includes an understanding of social media in journalism and the involvement of readers/users in setting news agendas and providing feedback.


What is an Occupational Qualification? An Occupational Qualification is a specialised certification that prioritises hands-on learning and real-world work experience. They consist of 3 parts;


Part 1

Theory Modules

Runs with Part 2


Theory Exam

Part 2

Practical Modules

Runs with Part 1


Workbook, Observation & Assessment

Part 3

Workplace Modules

External or Onsite


Observation & Logbook

External Integrated Summative Assessment

Features & Benefits

  • This qualification consists of Compulsory Knowledge, Practical Skill, and Work Experience Modules 
  • The qualification for Journalist compares well with all the international countries chosen for the comparability study. They all place emphasis on either internship requirements or on-the-job training and on general bookkeeping and financial administration duties across small and medium organisations.
  • The curriculum used by these international institutions has been emulated in the South African Qualification to allow learners to be functional and ready to cope with the working environment. 
  • Get a free Office 365 Education A1 license, valid for the duration of your studies.

  • Students get access to our online recruitment portal, exclusively available to AIE graduates. Visit for more.   


Admission Requirements

  • A Level 4 qualification with Communication and Computer Literacy. 


IMPORTANT: If you don't meet our minimum entry requirement, you can still apply for special admission, regardless of what formal education you have. Please note that there are terms and conditions for this application, and all approvals will be made at the discretion of Academic Board.

Regulatory Information


Integrated Assessment:


Integrated Formative Assessment:


The skills development provider will use the curriculum to guide them on the stipulated internal assessment criteria and weighting. They will also apply the scope of practical skills and applied knowledge as stipulated by the internal assessment criteria. This formative assessment leads to entrance into the integrated external summative assessment.


Integrated Summative Assessment:


An external integrated summative assessment, conducted through the relevant Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) Assessment Quality partner is required for the issuing of this qualification. The external integrated summative assessment will focus on the Exit Level Outcomes and Associated Assessment Criteria. The external summative assessment will be a test conducted through an evaluation of written and practical tasks covering critical aspects in a simulated environment at an assessment centre accredited by QCTO and conducted by a registered assessor. 



Hardware Requirements

Please note that you are required to have your own computer for this qualification. AIE, in partnership with Dell and TripleH committed to supplying every student with a Dell laptop to support our DigitalCampus initiative. Available exclusively to AIE students, devices can now be financed with your tuition fees. We provide two models:



  • CORECore Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB
  • MEDIUMMedium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series, i5, 16GB

R16 500.00 Learn More

The laptop that meets all your everyday needs and looks good doing it. 

Core Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 8GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 8GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 256GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11

R18 000.00 Learn More

The foundation for intense graphic and processor-heavy tasks.

Medium Spec, Dell Vostro 3520 Series i5, 16GB | 12th Generation, Intel Core i5-1235U Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.2 GHz) | 16GB, 2666MHz DDR4 Non-ECC RAM | Intel Iris Xe Graphics | M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD | 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Camera & Microphone | Windows 11 Pro

R25 500.00  Learn More

Same foundation, more memory...for those who want to get a little more serious.

Dell G15 5511, 11th Generation Intel Core i5-11400H (15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-Glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display, Power Button without Touch Fingerprint Reader, 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4 Non-ECC RAM, WLAN, M.2 512GB PCIe NVMe Class 35 Solid State Drive, Nvidia RTX3050ti w/4GB GDDR6 Graphics Memory, Windows 11 Pro (64 Bit)

  • Pricing & Payment Options

  • Duration

    • Full Time, Contact (Hybrid) Learning
      • Duration: +-12 Months
      • Classes conducted 5 days a week, 3-6 hours/day
      • Theory modules classes can be attended on campus AND/OR Online
      • Practical modules and exercises must be done on campus

    * Class structures are subject to change without notification. 

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  • Career Options

    A qualified learner will be able to:

    • Originate and pitch content ideas for media use.
    • Collect and analyse information for journalistic use.
    • Create and deliver content for a variety of journalistic purposes and formats.
  • Study Kit

    Your study kit is included in your fees and will contain:


    • Free WIFI (Unlimited, On-Campus only)
    • Orientation kit including: Student Card, Welcome Letter, Getting Started Guide
    • Access to myAIE student portal and student support team via phone, email and tickets
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What you get

Occupational Certificate: Journalist NQF5: The student will receive an occupational certificate from the QCTO
when he/she passes the relevant FISA (Final Integrated Summative Assessment)

Our Learning Methods

Our learning methods is a technology mediated delivery model, focused on flexibility, accessibility, and academic support to provide the ultimate learning experience without compromising teaching time and quality.

* As per Communique 2 of 2022 from the Council of Higher Education, all programs accredited for contact mode only may be offered in all delivery modes for the 2023 academic year. 





Full Time, Contact
(Hybrid) Learning

A modern twist on traditional face-to-face, full-time learning. Our contact classes are delivered via Hybrid learning, providing students with the flexibility to attend on campus, virtually, or both.

Full Time, Online

Extending our reach with online only, full time learning. Our progressive technology platform and people-supported academic journey giving students access to our classes from anywhere in the world.

Part Time, Flexi Online

Designed for the working professional, our part time programmes provide you with the flexibility to manger your own schedule and pace of learning. Sessions are conducted after hours on selected weekdays, and on alternate Saturdays.

Career Video

Watch this video to understand a day in the life of a Jounalist. 

  • Introduction to journalism
  • The legal and ethical framework for the media
  • Governance and democracy
  • Origination and pitching of content ideas
  • Information gathering
  • Storytelling
  • Personal development
  • Originate and pitch content ideas
  • Report by gathering information and materials
  • Create publishable content
  • Develop work-relevant personal skills
  • Processes to observe and assist an experienced journalist in a selected range of journalistic activities
  • Processes to work as a junior member of a team to produce content
  • Processes to work with news production colleagues on assigned content that is accepted for publication
  • Processes to work on self-generated content that is accepted for publication
  • Campus
    Registration Close Date
    Start Date
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Contact
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Contact
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Full Time, Online
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Full Time, Online
  • 08 July 2024
    Late Registration In Progress
    15 July 2024
    Part Time, Online
  • 10 February 2025
    17 February 2025
    Part Time, Online

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