Journalism — NCTJ Level 3 Diploma (January start)

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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 Video Journalism 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 start a career in journalism.
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 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, The Independent, ITN News, The Sunday Mirror, The Liverpool Echo, Caters News Agency, 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.
We are currently recruiting for our September 2018 intake and have places available on both our fast-track and academic year courses.
For a taster session at the Arts Centre book on with Alice at
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.
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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.

Successful completion of the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Journalism is an ideal stepping-stone for this course.

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Further Information...

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Course ID: 155391

Course Year: 18/19

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. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) 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

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