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Journalism — NCTJ Level 5 Diploma (January fasttrack start)

Media, Journalism and Production

Course ID: 163311

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • We are Merseyside's only under-graduate NCTJ-accredited course.
  • Pursue a career in Journalism, and lead yourself directly to a job as a Multimedia Journalist.
  • Our course is taught by professional and passionate journalists with years of experience.
  • 18-week course.
  • Complete work experience to boost your skills and employability.
  • Complete placement study at the Liverpool Echo.
  • Attend exciting events across the city and network with industry professionals.
  • Advanced Learner Loan eligible for students aged 19+.

What to expect from the course

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. You 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.

You 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.

Note to study this course you need to be aged 18 or over. 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)

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

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.

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Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

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.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


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

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