NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism

The NCTJ Level 3 Certificate in Foundation Journalism provides an introduction to journalism. It may 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.

The qualification is designed to give a wide variety of uses within the community; whether as a community reporter or contributor, blogger or those wishing to use journalism as a way to draw attention to specific community issues.

It can be offered through a range of providers: schools and colleges; evening classes and short courses. Achievement of the qualification attracts a UCAS tariff of 16 points which may be used towards accessing higher education degree courses.

To gain the full qualification, candidates must achieve a minimum of 25 credits; 14 from the mandatory units and a further 11 credits from the optional subjects. Please see the chart below for more details.

For those wishing to go on to a career in journalism, study at foundation level is unlikely to lead directly to a job with a news organisation. However, successful study at foundation level is likely to give candidates a “head start” when it comes to studying for an apprenticeship and/or the Diploma in Journalism. 

Certificate in Foundation Journalism modules are available to study via distance learning. See our online shop for more details.  If you are interested in studying this qualification, but do not meet the entry requirements, please contact the NCTJ.