NCTJ Level 3 Diploma in Journalism via distance learning

The National Council for the Training of Journalists

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  • Distance Learning
  • Level 3
  • Professional Qualifications
  • Journalism
  • Creative & Digital Media
  • Writing & Interviewing
  • Creative Industry
  • Nationwide

The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is the qualification that editors look for when recruiting a trainee journalist.

This distance learning programme equips learners with the knowledge and skills that journalists need to succeed on the job. It is also ideal for those who want to acquire transferrable journalistic skills.

The programme is perfect for those unable to study at an NCTJ-accredited, centre-based course. It provides learners with a sound knowledge and understanding of each subject so that they are prepared for the exams.

To complete the qualification you must pass the four mandatory modules: essential journalism, essential journalism e-portfolio, essential journalism ethics and regulation, and essential media law and regulation. You will then make up the required number of credits by choosing from the elective skills modules, which include videojournalism, shorthand, business of magazines and sports journalism.

The great thing about the distance learning course is that you can study it in your own time and at your own pace. However, please note that we do recommend you complete the course within two years of starting.

There are no entry requirements for the programme, but most editors will expect reporters to have a minimum of five GCSE passes or equivalent, with one in English. 

Learners will receive support from distance learning tutors, who are all working journalists or journalism tutors. They each specialise in certain areas of journalism and can provide advice and guidance.

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