A-Level results day: NCTJ-accredited journalism courses available through clearing

Have you received your A-Level results? Were your results higher or lower than what you were expecting? Do you want to study journalism?

If so, there are some great opportunities for you on NCTJ-accredited courses through clearing. Some 81 per cent* of qualified journalists have an NCTJ qualification, which held them in good stead for their future careers.

Here at the NCTJ, we have compiled a list of all our centres that still have places available on their courses through UCAS’s clearing.

All NCTJ-accredited courses lead to a Diploma in Journalism, which provides an essential foundation for students who strive for excellence and gives the best possible chance of getting a job in the industry.

NCTJ accreditation is designed to be the hallmark of excellence in journalism training, providing a world-class industry standard and professional training scheme that is recognised throughout the media. It is the trusted kite-mark for courses that supply quality new recruits who have the fundamental skills and knowledge needed to work effectively as journalists in all sectors of the media.

Not only are there places on NCTJ-accredited BA degree courses through clearing, but also fast-track, part-time and academic year courses to suit different needs. There are also apprenticeship opportunities for those who decide university is not for them.

Courses that currently have places available are:

Centre NCTJ-accredited course(s)
Bournemouth University BA Multimedia Journalism
Brighton Journalist Works Fast-track and part-time Diploma in Journalism
City of Liverpool College Fast-track diploma (18 weeks)
One-year diploma (36 weeks)
Part-time diploma (One day a week on Fridays with online tutorials, run over 38 weeks)
De Montfort University BA Journalism
Falmouth University BA Journalism
BA Sports Journalism
Glasgow Caledonian University BA Multimedia Journalism
Harlow College Diploma in Journalism one-year course
Highbury College One-year course in partnership with The News, Portsmouth
One-year course in partnership with the Southern Daily Echo, Southampton
20-week fast-track course
Leeds Trinity University BA Journalism
The School of Journalism/News Associates and Marjon University BA Journalism
North West Regional College NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
Nottingham Trent University BA Journalism
Teesside University BA Journalism and BA Sports Journalism
University of Central Lancashire BA Journalism
University of Brighton BA Journalism
BA Sports Journalism
University of Essex BA Multimedia Journalism
University of Gloucestershire BA Journalism
University of Kent BA Journalism
University of Lincoln BA Journalism
University of Portsmouth BA Journalism
University of Sheffield BA Journalism Studies
University of Sunderland BA Journalism
BA Fashion Journalism
BA Sports Journalism

Emma Robinson, the NCTJ’s accreditation manager, said: “A-Level results day can be one of the most emotional and stressful days in a student’s life, particularly if they haven’t got the results they were expecting – be that higher or lower.

“We want to support those students and help them make an informed choice about which journalism courses are right for them and why studying on an NCTJ-accredited course will put them a cut above the rest.”

Once you have found a course that interests you, you will need to contact the university or college directly to see if they will offer you a place. In some cases, there may be an entry test and interview to show your passion and potential.

From now until 23 October, you can apply for a course using clearing if you are not already holding an offer from a university or college, and the course still has places.

To find out more, visit https://www.ucas.com/results-clearing

If you want to find out more about the NCTJ’s courses and what would be right for you, you can contact the NCTJ’s clearing team. Contact Sarah Kenny at sarah.kenny@nctj.com or by phone on 01799 544947 or Emma Robinson at emma.robinson@nctj.com or 01799 544944.

*Journalists at Work 2018, to be published in October 2018