Qualification: NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
Cost: Dependant on chosen modules, see chart below
Duration: We recommend you take no longer than two years to complete the qualification. The Diploma in Journalism is reviewed annually to ensure it's kept up-to-date with current industry practice. Qualification changes may apply if learners take longer than the recommended two years to complete.
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 distance learners with the information and support needed to comprehensively learn about each subject, thus preparing them for the exams. It is not compulsory to sit the exams but students must pass the exams and the portfolio to gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
In order to gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, you must complete the four mandatory skills modules plus a selection of elective skills modules - reaching a minimum of 82 credits.
Information about the mandatory skills and elective options can be found in the left hand links.
Please note: Essential journalism replaced the news reporting module in September 2016 and the NCTJ currently recognises the news reporting module as equivalent to essential journalism.
From 1 September 2019, news reporting will no longer be recognised in place of essential journalism - so if you have passed the news reporting module but not achieved the Diploma in Journalism by this date you will be required to have the essential journalism module in order to do so. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org.
We recommend that you complete a self-test (see link below) before ordering the materials.
The NCTJ will allocate candidates to the centre where they will sit the exams. A local/preferred centre cannot be guaranteed due to availability/demand. Candidates must be prepared to travel to sit exams.
The NCTJ distance learning course is designed for UK-based learners, although we have many overseas students who complete the course and achieve the Diploma in Journalism qualification. Please note, the following exams cannot be sat abroad due to software requirements: production journalism, videojournalism and shorthand.
Order forms for UK-based applicants and overseas customers are available through the links on the left.
For an in-depth explanation of the distance learning programme, please visit our FAQs page.
To enrol for distance learning, please complete the order form here.