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NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

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NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

Study the NCTJ Diploma at the award-winning Liverpool School of Journalism at City of Liverpool College – Merseyside’s only NCTJ-accredited course.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists Diploma is the ONLY qualification you need to pursue a career in journalism. This is the industry qualification demanded by editors and is designed to lead directly into a role as a multimedia journalist.

The City of Liverpool College has been producing excellent journalists on our top-performing NCTJ courses since 1991 and studying here will give you all the skills you need to work as a professional journalist within just 18 weeks.

In November 2017 we won Best-Performing FE Fast-Track course at the national NCTJ Awards for Excellence thanks to our great results.

By joining one of our courses you will receive a top-class grounding in the essentials required to land a job in journalism, from shorthand to essential journalism, media law to public affairs, all delivered by industry professionals.

You will also learn how to plan, film and edit video packages as part of our Videojournalism module, an important skill for multimedia journalists.

Our staff are all journalists with many years’ experience in local and national press and our students benefit from their extensive industry contacts with guest speakers and potential employers.

The NCTJ course is a great alternative to university for students wanting to take a professional route into journalism and is also ideal for graduates who wish to specialise in journalism.

We currently run two 18-week fast-track courses each academic year starting in September and late January, as well a one-year full-time course which runs September to May.

Our students are guaranteed work experience, undertaking a placement at the Liverpool Echo and also have the chance to cover events across the city for a variety of other media outlets.

Students benefit from individual support from tutors who provide mentoring throughout the course as well as post-course guidance.

Progression from this course is into print and broadcast journalism, press office work and public relations, and our previous trainees are working for a wide range of outlets such as Caters News Agency, Mail Online, The Liverpool Echo, The Sunday Mirror, Portsmouth News, OK Magazine and Eagle Radio.

We offer taster days prior to the start of each new course, which are a great opportunity to find out more about the course and get a flavour of what the NCTJ is all about.

Learn all about us and what we do on our dedicated Twitter page @colcjournalism.

Don't worry if you have missed our September intake - there is still time to complete your NCTJ before the end of this academic year. Our next 18 week fast-track course starts late January 2018 and we still have places available.

For a taster session at the Arts Centre book on with Alice at alice.gregory@liv-coll.ac.uk

This course is Advanced Learning Loan eligible, available to students 19+, which can fully cover the course fee.

Students are also eligible to apply for the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) which can offer help with course fees and living costs.

For more information copy and paste the below into your browser:

www.journalismdiversityfund.com

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

What the course leads to

Progression from this course is into print and broadcast journalism, press office work and public relations, and our previous trainees are working for a wide range of outlets such as Caters News Agency, Mail Online, The Liverpool Echo, The Sunday Mirror, Portsmouth News, OK Magazine and Eagle Radio.

Qualification(s)

Entry Requirements

When the course runs

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

“I really enjoyed my time on the NCTJ course in Liverpool - the tutors know their stuff. All the essentials such as law, public affairs and shorthand (work hard at it!) are covered, and there is also the chance to do a few specialist subjects - I did sport and production. I highly recommend the course at City of Liverpool College for anyone thinking about a career in journalism."

Nick Humphreys, Highland News

Course Location

The Arts Centre
Myrtle Street, L7 7JA

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Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The College has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of course details given on fact sheets, in the prospectus and on the web site. However, the College reserves the right to make changes to provision and to discontinue courses when necessary. Please note that the College cannot accept any liability for inaccuracies or omissions which arise due to such changes.

Course Bundle Lookup

Course bundles are designed for 16 - 18 year olds only.

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