Funded NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

The Learning and Development Bureau is offering access to a National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Level 3 Diploma Course. The NCTJ Level 3 Diploma is designed by journalists, to train people in the field of journalism and provide a qualification that employers recognise when recruiting journalists.

The Learning and Development Bureau is a provider of top quality training and development programmes across the UK, more information on them can be found here:

The Learning and Development Bureau provides trainers for fortnightly training sessions either in person, online or via telephone and to provide assignments that will then be carried out with, giving candidates both theoretical and practical experience.

The length of the course is flexible and will be determined by the progress of the candidates, but is estimated at one year. Estimated hours over that year are 560 hours of guided learning, including the fortnightly training sessions and an additional 260 hours preparation and study. However, the allocation of those hours is very flexible and could be done around a part time job.

Course Outline
Learners must gain 82 credits overall to obtain the full qualification. Credit is awarded for achievement of grades A-E in each of the units and/or 60-120 words per minute shorthand.

Modules include:

Mandatory units

  • Level 3 Essential journalism 22 credits
  • Level 3 Essential journalism ethics and regulation 3 credits
  • Level 3 E-portfolio for journalists 12 credits
  • Level 3 Essential Media Law and Regulation for Journalists 10 credits

Optional elective units

  • Level 3 Shorthand for journalists 14 credits
  • Level 3 Public affairs for journalists 7 credits
  • Level 3 Media law court reporting 7 credits
  • Level 3 Production journalism 7 credits
  • Level 3 Videojournalism for online 7 credits
  • Level 3 Business of magazines 7 credits
  • Level 3 Sports journalism 7 credits
  • Level 3 Broadcast journalism 14 credits
  • Level 3 Business and finance journalism 7 credits
  • Level 3 Photography for Journalists 7 credits
  • Level 3 PR and communications for journalists 14 credits
  • Level 3 Practical Magazine Journalism 14 credits
  • Level 3 Radio Journalism 7 credits
  • Level 3 TV Journalism 7 credits
  • Level 3 Introduction to PR for journalists 7 credits

Who Can Apply?

  • The course is open to anyone over the age of 16
  • UK residency
  • At least 5 GCSEs at or above level 4 or grade C

More details of the qualification specification here: NCTJ spec.pdf (100.4 KB)