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Frequently asked questions
The Certificate in Journalism distance learning programme can be used as a first step for candidates considering a career in journalism or by those wishing to develop their journalistic skills for a specific purpose.
Learners must be 16 or older. A level 4 or A-C grade in GCSE English is recommended.
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- Gathering information
- How to tell a news story
- Recording information
- Legal and ethical considerations for journalists
- Writing for digital media
- How to use the English Language for journalism (level 2)
- Using the English language for maximum effect in journalism (level 2)
- Writing for a specific purpose
- Feature writing
- How society works
- Using video to tell a story
- Using audio to tell a story
- Taking images suitable for publication
- Finding and using data
- Sports reporting
- Writing reviews and comment articles
- The history of news
- Community radio newsgathering
There is no set time limit, however a minimum of 150 Guided Learning Hours is required to complete the qualification.
You will be given assessments to complete as you work your way through each unit. Your work should be submitted into your logbook. You only need to complete one logbook however a new logbook will be included with every purchase. There are no exams associated with the course.
Included in the purchase of the course is thirty minutes of tutor support per unit. You can contact the tutor via e-mail.
Once you have made a purchase through the website the course is made available to you via the Journalism Skills Academy (JSA) on our e-learning platform, Moodle.
You will not need to purchase any other materials or software to complete the course.
Completed units are submitted via the Journalism Skills Academy (JSA) for assessment. There are set times throughout the year when CFJ units are assessed by the NCTJ. Dates are advised on the JSA.
Please see the assessments page for submission deadlines.
Results and certificates will be issued to candidates within 6 weeks of each submission deadline. When you have finished the course you can purchase a full qualification certificate from the online shop.