Certificate in Foundation Journalism distance learning programme

Distance learning materials for the Certificate in Foundation Journalism qualification for UK customers only can be purchased from our online shop.

If you would like to purchase from outside of the UK please contact info@nctj.com for delivery costs.

To gain the Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism, learners must achieve a minimum of 25 credits, including the five mandatory modules (equal to fourteen credits) and a number of optional modules that will make up at least 11 credits (see the chart below).

Please note: this qualification has recently been under review and has been updated. Learners who started the qualification before 30 September 2018 may continue to complete the qualification on its old structure until 30 September 2019. Click here for transition arrangements.

Each individual subject is offered separately. They are standalone and their successful completion will result in the learner receiving an NCTJ unit certificate for that particular module(s).

*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 learners a head start when it comes to studying for an apprenticeship and/or the Diploma in Journalism.