Fast-track Diploma in Journalism

Course Subject: News Journalism (Multiplatform)
Course Type: Further Education Fast-track
Centre: Sutton College
Region: Greater London
Duration: 18 weeks

About the course:

Sutton College’s course is taught by experienced senior media professionals. The course aims to teach students the multimedia skills and knowledge they need to work in a modern, digital newsroom, including SEO and video journalism.

The course’s lead tutor is Victoria Scott (@toryscott) who has worked in TV, radio, print and online for the BBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, The Telegraph, The Independent, Doha News, Time Out and Good Housekeeping.

Shorthand at Sutton is taught by radio journalist Bill Shaw; Media Law by podcast producer and broadcaster Lisa Mainwaring; Video Journalism by multimedia journalist Funmi Olotoye.

Additionally, the tutors’ extensive industry experience means they have excellent connections. Students in the inaugural course were able to learn from journalists including; Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds; Sports Journalist Natalie Pirks; and BBC Newsdesk Editor Neil Henderson.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan so the fee (the lowest in London) can be covered by a long-term loan or added to an existing student loan. Students are also eligible to apply for the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) which can offer help with course fees and living costs.

NCTJ elective modules offered:

  • Shorthand
  • Videojournalism for online
  • Media law court reporting
  • Public affairs for journalists

Alumni testimonial:

"When I signed up for the NCTJ fast track Diploma in Journalism at Sutton College, I did not really know what to expect. I wanted to learn what pitfalls I needed to avoid when writing for newspapers and magazines.

"The NCTJ course gave me so much more. I now have the confidence to write whatever is thrown at me, under any conditions, and deadlines don’t daunt me! I know where to research information, I know how to avoid litigation, I understand social media, I can find stories in realms of data and can create high quality videos. The best thing of all is I can read back my shorthand!

"I also have to pay tribute to the NCTJ for making the impossible possible and putting on online examinations at short notice, which enabled us to accomplish our goals that we worked so hard to achieve.

"It was an intense six months, but as the first cohort of students for Sutton College, we were given incredible support by our dedicated, conscientious, patient, and outstanding teachers. A big thank you to them!"

- Davina Hyde, 2020 graduate

Find out more

For admissions enquiries please contact Roy Lee at [email protected].