All NCTJ courses meet the accreditation standard and follow the NCTJ curriculum, and all are designed to give you the best possible chance to get a job in journalism.
However, course structures vary, so you may want to consider the following questions when weighing up which course would suit you best:
- Are you interested in including academic study in your course?
- Do you want to focus exclusively on vocational training leading to NCTJ qualifications?
- What length of study are you considering? NCTJ courses range from 17 weeks to four years
- Compare the cost of a number of courses, as the fees vary
- If you are going to move away from your current residence to study, does the learning centre offer guidance on finding accommodation?
- All courses include "real-world" journalism activities. Check that your particular interests will be catered for
- What are the facilities like at the learning centres you are interested in?
- What academic qualifications and/or work experience are required to gain a place on the course?
- What work placement experience does the course expect while on the course?
- What existing relationships with local media companies does the course have?
- What are the course’s exam results from the previous year? The past three years can be found on the NCTJ’s exam results table on this website
- Which optional NCTJ diploma modules does the course offer?