The NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism provides an introduction to journalism. It may be used as a first step for candidates considering a career in journalism or by those wishing to develop their journalistic skills for a specific purpose.
The qualification is designed to give a wide variety of uses within the community; whether as a community reporter or contributor, blogger or those wishing to use journalism as a way to draw attention to specific community issues.
It can be offered through a range of providers: schools and colleges; evening classes and short courses. Achievement of the qualification attracts a UCAS tariff of 8 points which may be used towards accessing higher education degree courses.
To gain the Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism, students must complete four mandatory units:
- Gathering information
- How to tell a news story
- Recording information
- Legal and ethical considerations for journalists
The other 14 units are optional units:
- How to use the English Language for journalism (level 2)
- Using the English language for maximum effect in journalism (level 2)
- Writing for digital media
- Writing for a specific purpose
- Feature writing
- How society works
- Using video to tell a story
- Using audio to tell a story
- Taking images suitable for publication
- Finding and using data
- Sports reporting
- Writing reviews and comment articles
- The history of news
- Community radio newsgathering
To gain the full qualification, candidates must achieve a minimum of 13 credits; seven from the mandatory units and a further six credits from the optional subjects. Please see the link to the chart below for more details.
For those wishing to go on to a career in journalism, study at foundation level is unlikely to lead directly to a job with a news organisation. However, successful study at foundation level is likely to give candidates a “head start” when it comes to studying for an apprenticeship and/or the Diploma in Journalism.
Certificate in Foundation Journalism modules are available to study via distance learning. See our online shop for more details.