The City of Liverpool CollegeNCTJ L5 DIPLOMA IN JOURNALISM (Jan Start) - The City of Liverpool College
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Media, Journalism and Production

Course ID: 172819

Course Year: 24/25

What to expect from the course


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Course information
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 June.
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, BBC Breakfast, The Sunday Mirror, The Liverpool Echo and Global 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 the January 2020 intake of our fast-track course.
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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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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 : 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.

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


This course is only available to learners aged 19 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer. 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 for24/25 is 2882.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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