It depends on individual learning speeds and your available time to study and dedication.
Typically, learners can achieve the qualification within 12-18 months.
We strongly recommend that you aim to complete the Diploma in Journalism within 24 months.
The structure, requirements and availability of modules can change because the NCTJ reviews and updates all its diploma materials to reflect the needs of the industry.
The NCTJ will communicate any significant changes to the qualification to learners in advance and annual updates to individual modules are communicated each year in September.
The estimated number of learning hours per module required by a typical learner to gain the qualification (please note, this is for guidance purposes and not a requirement) are below:
|Mandatory skills modules||Learning hours|
|Essential journalism||220 hours|
|Essential journalism e-portfolio||120 hours|
|Essential journalism ethics and regulation||30 hours|
|Essential media law and regulation||100 hours|
|Elective skills modules||Learning hours|
|Business and finance journalism||70 hours|
|Editing skills for journalists||70 hours|
|Journalism for a digital audience||70 hours|
|Media law court reporting||70 hours|
|Practical magazine journalism||140 hours|
|PR and communications for journalists||140 hours|
|Public affairs for journalists||70 hours|
|Radio journalism||70 hours|
|Shorthand for journalists||140 hours (to 100wpm)|
|Sports journalism||70 hours|
|TV journalism||70 hours|
|Videojournalism for digital platforms||70 hours|