Nationals application form

Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic we will be delivering the National exams in July remotely. in order to sit exams from home, you must ensure that you have access to a secure/stable internet connection and a computer with a webcam and microphone. 

Updated documents can be found in the student resources area of the website but if you have any queries regarding the National exams or you are unable to sit the exams remotely, please contact Julie Stanford  [email protected].




Diploma in Journalism Form

Section A - To be completed by ALL candidates

Section B - To be completed by ALL candidates

How are you completing your NCTJ study?

Please indicate where you want to sit exams:

For production journalism candidates
*Please note that preferences will be taken into account for the exam but cannot be guaranteed

Please select either 'resit' or 'first attempt'.

Essential Journalism: Monday, 13 July 2020 £55.20

Public Affairs: Friday, 17 July 2020 £55.20

Essential Media Law: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 £55.20

Diploma Court Reporting: Wednesday, 15 July 2020 £55.20

Newspaper Magazine Regulation test (IPSO): Monday, 13 July 2020 £13.80

All prices are inclusive of VAT charged at 20%. All fees are payable on application.

In the event of a cancellation or non-attendance no refund will be given. Deferrals will only be considered in exceptional circumstances for the named applicant only in line with the NCTJ reasonable adjustments and special considerations policy. Candidates who are applying for an exam where the fee has been deferred should indicate this in the payment section below.

Exams sat on the Cirrus Platform:

If you have booked to sit Essential Journalism, Newspaper and Magazine regulation test, Essential Media Law, Court Reporting, Public Affairs, PR and Communications, Intro to PR, Sports Journalism, Business and Finance, Business of Magazines or Broadcast Regulation you will be provided with access to Cirrus four weeks prior to the exam date to enable you to sit a sample exam.

Particular Needs:

Candidates with disabilities whose circumstances require reasonable adjustments must supply written evidence to the NCTJ, including a professional assessment report and/or medical certificate. This assessment needs to be received by the NCTJ at the time of applying to sit exams.

The NCTJ reserves the right to charge an additional late payment fee of £25.00 plus VAT for any application accepted after the deadline.

Please note: Reporting instructions and venue information will be issued by email approximately two weeks before the exam date.

Results will also be issued by email to the address provided on this application.

Please ensure you specify your preferred software for the production journalism and videojournalism exams if you are booking to sit them. Whilst we endevour to accomodate your preference, we cannot guarantee this.


Section C - To be completed by candidates being placed by the NCTJ at a national exam centre

Examination Centres

Candidates will be allocated to an exam centre by the NCTJ. We will endeavor to assign candidates to a centre in their vicinity, however this cannot be guaranteed and candidates should be prepared to travel to sit exams.

Important Information - please read carefully

Please ensure that up to date evidence has been sent to the NCTJ.

Section D - To be completed by Editor / Training Officer if exams are to be sat in office

The production journalism and video journalism exams can only be sat in office if suitable software and technical support is available

If you will not be sitting an exam in office please ignore this section and complete section C.

Please note the above named individual will be sent the examination papers and be responsible for ensuring the exams are invigilated and NCTJ procedures are followed correctly.

Important Information - please read carefully

Please ensure that up to date evidence has been sent to the NCTJ.