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Journalism NCTJ – News, Magazine and Broadcast (1 year)

About the course

This one-year course, regarded by many editors as the gold standard in training, helps to open doors into the industry. The course is intensive and the pressure to meet deadlines is real. You need to be committed but there will be plenty of fun on the way. You will meet lots of like-minded people who could be good contacts in the future. The course comprises: news reporting, public affairs, and press law with options to study production journalism, TV and radio broadcasting, including TV news, radio news and broadcast regulations. It is examination and portfolio based to help prepare you for the pressures of a newsroom, where you will be asked to draw on knowledge of press law and public affairs and be able to produce concise and accurate stories to meet deadlines.

Entry requirements

Applicants sit a written entrance examination in English, general knowledge and news writing (the NCTJ Stage 1 test). Successful applicants will be made firm offers or conditional offers in anticipation of their having obtained the required educational qualifications before the start of the programme and preferably, work experience. You may be eligible for a bursary from the Journalism Diversity Fund. The Fund helps people from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds who lack the financial means to support themselves on an NCTJ-accredited course.

GCSE GRADE CHANGE: From September 2017 grades 4/5 in English & Maths will be equivalent to GCSE grade C.
See conversion chart for further information.

How much does it cost?

Fees apply to this course. If you're aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.
Contact Us or call 01279 868100 to get the most up-to-date info on fees and the financial support that may be available.

Awarding Body

NCTJ

Why study?

The National Council for the Training of Journalists is Britain’s leading journalism industry trainer and editors regard the NCTJ diploma as a bench-mark of quality. The Journalism Centre at Harlow College is Britain's oldest journalism school and is recognised as a leader in training by the industry. Staff have worked in many areas of journalism and retain strong links with the industry. Alumni include Piers Morgan, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and former This Morning presenter Richard Madeley.

Where will this course take me?

Once you have completed the programme, you can seek employment with local or regional newspapers where you are likely to enter into an 18 month training programme at the end of which you can sit the NCTJ National Certificate Examination (NCE). You will then have the full qualifications to become a senior reporter.

Core modules

  • Essential Journalism
  • Essential Journalism e-portfolio
  • Essential Journalism Ethics and Regulations
  • Essential Media Law and Regulations

Optional modules

  • Public Affairs for Journalists
  • Media Law Court Reporting
  • Broadcast Journalism (incl. TV News, Radio News, and Broadcast Regulations)
  • Production journalism

Those wishing to progress to the NCTJ Level 5 National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) are required to take Teeline shorthand.

We recommend that learners subscribe to Teeline Online. There are various levels of support available at different price points.

Revision sessions for speed building will be available and first attempt fees for each speed will be covered.

How will I be assessed?

This is mainly an exam-based programme with a written exam in journalism, plus a portfolio of news stories, an exam in public affairs and two in press law. The first set of exams will be held just over halfway through the programme, the second set will take place towards the end of the course. You will be required to write stories to deadlines in order to prepare for the exams and for work as a journalist. Work will be assessed through self-analysis and discussion with your tutor and peer group, as well as being individually marked by lecturers. In order to achieve your Diploma, you will be required to pass all modules at grades A - E. In order to receive the NCTJ Gold Standard you must achieve a grade C or above in every subject.

Will I have to provide anything?

For journalism classes you will need a reporter’s notebook, a pen drive, a dictionary and a contacts (address) book.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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