There are a variety of awards available for student and trainee journalists. The NCTJ Awards for Excellence are awarded annually to the best journalism students completing NCTJ-accredited courses and journalists with less than two years' experience on the job.

Prizes are awarded annually for various Diploma in Journalism subjects.

There are seven different awards for candidates of the reporters’ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ). Four are presented after each exam cycle (three a year), and there are also three annual awards, given out at the end of the academic year.