The NCTJ is the standard for journalism training. Through its examinations and the courses which carry its accreditation, it equips aspiring journalists to find their first job, and helps working journalists to progress to the next rung up the ladder.
An NCTJ qualification will give you a solid grounding in all the essential journalism skills.
Editors and industry professionals have direct input into NCTJ syllabuses and examinations. That is why they are trusted. With an NCTJ certificate on your CV, an editor knows you have grasped the basics.
To gain the National Council for the Training of Journalists Diploma in Journalism, you must complete five mandatory units: this includes a portfolio, reporting, media law, public affairs and shorthand. In addition you will take specialist unit(s).
Career Opportunities / Progression
Employment in print, broadcasting and on-line journalism.
Students must be at least 16 years of age on or before 1 July in the year of proposed entry to the course and been in education to Key Stage 4. Students must possess one of the following:
Four GCSEs at grade C or above (in some circumstances, applicants with a qualifications profile equating to 12 points with a minimum of three GCSEs at grade C or above will be accepted);
BTEC First Diploma or Certificate in related subject area (with a qualification profile equivalent to 12 points or above);
NVQ Level 2 in a relevant subject area;
Leaving Certificate (a profile equivalent to 12 points of which three subjects must be at grade C3 or above at ordinary level).
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