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Journalism — NCTJ Level 3 Diploma (January fasttrack start)

Course information

Study the NCTJ Diploma at the award-winning Liverpool School of Journalism at City of Liverpool College – Merseyside’s only under-graduate NCTJ-accredited course.
The National Council for the Training of Journalists Diploma is the ONLY qualification you need to pursue a career in journalism and leads directly to a job as a multimedia journalist.
The City of Liverpool College has been producing NCTJ qualified journalists since 1991, and we are currently one of the best performing fast-track courses in the country.
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 go straight into a career in journalism, or for graduates who wish to go into the industry. It is also ideal for anyone considering a career in journalism but wanting to go to university first as it carries 48 UCAS points.
We currently run two 18-week fast-track courses each academic year starting in September and late January, as well an academic year course which runs September to June.
Each course delivers a top-class grounding in the essentials required to land a job in journalism, from shorthand to essential journalism, media law to public affairs. Students are also required to produce an E-Portfolio of stories.
You will learn how to plan, film and edit video packages as part of our very successful Videojournalism module, an important skill for multimedia journalists.
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.
There will be guest lectures from industry professionals giving a personal insight into working in the media industry.
Progression from this course is into multimedia and broadcast journalism, marketing and public relations, and our previous trainees are working for a wide range of outlets such as, The Independent, ITN News, The BBC, The Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Football Club and Global Radio.

The NCTJ courses are free for 18-year-olds and are Advanced Learner Loan eligible for students 19+, which fully covers the course fee.
Students are also eligible to apply for the college’s financial support via Pay My Student which can help with travel and subsistence costs.

For further information on NCTJ, please visit


NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
(National Council for the Training of Journalists)

This 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.

Entry Requirements

You must be 18 years or over at the start of the course. Advanced Learning Loan eligible.

You must achieve at least 60% in the NCTJ entry test. We recommend that you secure a minimum of two weeks relevant work experience before you start the course.

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Further Information...

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You can contact us online via or call us at any point on 0151 252 3000 with any queries you may have – we’re here to help.


Course ID: 160751

Course Year: 20/21

Course Duration: 18 Weeks


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free.

19 years old or over at the start of the course? Fees are payable, but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Find out more at, or contact our admissions team on 0151 252 3000 or at

Fee for20/21 is 4170.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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