First distance learners achieve the Certificate in Foundation Journalism Qualification

After two rounds of coursework marking, the very first distance learners have passed all 13 of the required credits to gain the Certificate in Foundation Journalism. Introduced in October 2015, the distance learning certificate programme is an opportunity to get started in journalism and to develop some essential journalism skills.

Certificate in Foundation Journalism graduate, Heather Bellamy said: “I’ve enjoyed every minute of the Certificate in Foundation Journalism. I have learned so much and got a lot out of doing all of the assessments. I found my tutor really helpful. He stretched me, gave a helpful critique of my work and was encouraging too. I feel like the certificate does what it says on the tin and I now have a good foundation to build upon in journalism.”

The second graduate, Benedict Tetzlaff-Deas said: “I am very pleased to have passed the NCTJ Certificate in Foundation Journalism, and am delighted to have been among the first to complete the course by distance learning.

“Whilst distance learning does obviously require you take responsibility for your own study, the one-on-one email tutoring provided by the NCTJ was incredibly helpful, as it meant I could discuss any questions I had about the course or assessment content.

“I would highly recommend the course to anyone who, like me, is looking to get into a career in journalism. Not only does it provide you with valuable practical, ethical and legal background to the profession, but it also counts towards your UCAS credits, making it a great stepping stone towards higher education.”

Students must achieve 13 credits and complete mandatory units including how to tell a news storylegal and ethical considerations for journalists and gathering information.

The remaining modules can be picked by the students from a pool of 14 other subjects. These include using video to tell a storysports reporting and writing for digital media.

The certificate can be begun at any time by purchasing modules from our shop at