Journalism fast-track apprenticeship, level 5 – BBC (various locations)

Job Introduction


A fast track into journalism for school leavers or those looking for a career change. This apprenticeship is for people who are curious about the world and have a passion to tell the stories happening around them. If university is not for you this is your chance to get first class journalism training with the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world.

You’ll study and learn on the job while working towards the industry recognised level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism and an apprenticeship qualification.

Start date: September 2023

Duration: 2 years

Salary: £19,500 (+ London, Guernsey and Jersey Living Allowance of £4,918)

Contract Type: Continuing

Locations: England (Birmingham, Bristol, Hull, Leeds, London, Newcastle, Norwich, Nottingham, Plymouth, Salford, Southampton, Tunbridge Wells), Channel Islands (Guernsey, Jersey), Scotland (Glasgow), Wales (Cardiff) – Please apply for your first choice location using the links below. Please apply for one location ONLY. You will be able to submit a second choice on your application, if applicable.

Typically leading to: a role as a Journalism Researcher at the BBC.

Role Responsibility

Work alongside BBC news and sports teams to develop your journalistic skills, creating and delivering quality content for TV, online, digital, and radio.

Get involved with all newsroom activities, such as sourcing and securing suitable guests or contributors, writing briefs for your team or shooting and editing films.

Find and create stories for diverse audiences, including coming up with ideas, carrying out in-depth research and assisting with interviews.

Learn from and work with experts in the field at the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world.

And study for the industry recognised NCTJ Diploma and your journalism apprenticeship.

Are you the right candidate?

To be eligible for this apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the apprenticeship starts in September 2023
  • Have Maths and English GCSEs at 9-4/A-C or National 5s (Scotland) at A-C or equivalent.
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Have been resident in either the UK or EEA (European Economic Area) since 11th September 2020 (not applicable for Scotland and Wales)
  • For Guernsey ONLY: due to local population laws, candidates must be locally certified to live and work in Guernsey
  • For Jersey ONLY: due to local population laws, candidates must be entitled to live and work in Jersey
  • For Scotland ONLY: Subject to meeting Modern Apprentice funding criteria.

You’ll need to demonstrate you:

  • Have an intense curiosity about people and about what’s going on in the world
  • Are brimming with creative ideas and imaginative ways to tell stories
  • Love producing content on different platforms, including social media
  • Have a passion for writing
  • Are a motivated self-starter
  • Are flexible, adaptable, and resilient

Don’t worry if you don’t have an extensive CV. We’re looking for school-leavers or career changes who show potential rather than previous experience or training.

The scheme is aimed at non-graduates. If you have a degree or the NCTJ diploma in Journalism and want to train as a Journalist at the BBC please apply to the Journalism Advanced Apprenticeship Scheme instead. 


Please apply for one location ONLY. You will be able to submit a second choice on your application, if applicable.

To apply for Salford Sport please click here.

To apply for Salford News please click here.

To apply for London please click here.

To apply for Birmingham please click here.

To apply for Bristol please click here.

To apply for Hull please click here.

To apply for Leeds please click here.

To apply for Newcastle please click here.

To apply for Norwich please click here.

To apply for Nottingham please click here.

To apply for Plymouth please click here.

To apply for Southampton please click here.

To apply for Tunbridge Wells please click here.

To apply for Guernsey please click here.

To apply for Jersey please click here.

To apply for Glasgow please click here.

To apply for Cardiff please click here.



  • The Journalism Fast Track Apprenticeship combines academic training with practical on the job experience.
  • Apprentices work towards the industry recognised qualification the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.
  • This is assessed through exams and course work.
  • Mandatory assessments in the Diploma are:

Essential Journalism

This module and associated exam tests a candidate’s reporting skills; the ability to write in a clear, concise way to a specified length. The exam also tests ethical knowledge in a practical scenario. Candidates also have to demonstrate they are able to follow-up a story and come up with visual and digital ideas.

Essential Media Law and Regulation

This module and associated exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and understanding of the law relating to their chosen field of work and the ethics and regulations which guide day-to-day work.


Ten pieces of a candidate’s original work, demonstrating an ability to handle a variety of work – including features. This is flexible and any publishing platform can be used. It is suitable for all forms of print and digital media, TV and radio.

  • In addition to the above modules, further modules and exams will be required such as; Video Journalism for Digital Platforms, Journalism for Digital Audiences and Broadcast Journalism which includes Radio and TV exams.
  • Apprentices also have to complete an End Point Assessment, a work-related project as part of their apprenticeship (for England only).

Apprenticeship standard or framework

Package Description

During your apprenticeship

  • A starting salary of £19,500 (+ London, Guernsey and Jersey Living Allowance of £4,918)
  • A flexible 35-hour working week, 25 days of annual leave days and bank holidays, and a defined pension scheme. Plus discounted dental, health care, gym and much more
  • A dedicated Team Manager and Scheme Specialist to help with your development
  • Professional teaching and mentoring by industry experts
  • Industry-leading journalism training through the BBC Academy

At the end of your apprenticeship

  • An industry recognised Journalism apprenticeship qualification
  • The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
  • A Journalism Researcher role at the BBC

Application Process

During the application process we want to learn more about your skills and interests. For further information about the application process please click here.

Support with your application:

We are proud to be a Level 2 Disability Confident Employer and if you require any reasonable adjustments in order to apply or interview for a role with the BBC please visit our Early Careers Recruitment page.

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity.

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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