Centre forums

Centre forums are designed to give those delivering NCTJ-accredited courses an opportunity to discuss the distinctive challenges of delivering externally-assessed vocational skills training.

Aims and objectives

Delegates will be encouraged to share ideas and issues about delivering NCTJ-accredited training as part of their journalism courses; how to ensure a greater take-up for the NCTJ’s professional exams; and how to increase the number of students gaining A -C grades in all the core assessments plus 100wpm shorthand.

Other topics include funding, interviewing and testing students for courses, the diploma, quality assurance and standards, and the accreditation scheme.

Who should attend?

Each forum will focus solely on matters of concern to heads of journalism or course leaders. While delegates are expected to make their own travel arrangements, there is no fee for attending the forum. Places are limited to one representative per accredited course.


To book your place, please complete the relevant online booking form. There is no fee for attending the forum.

Directions and other details will be sent to you a week prior to the event.

Marking workshops

Tutors and trainers will gain detailed guidance on the programme of study and assessement(s) for the specific Diploma in Journalism subject modules. The subject chief examiner will lead the event with support from other NCTJ examiners. Sample exams, assessment criteria and marking schemes including practical marking exercises will provide an understanding of what is required. There will also be an opportunity to share ideas, seek advice, and discuss any issues concerning the module with other tutors, trainers, NCTJ examiners and staff.