Qualifications & courses

The NCTJ is the media industry's professional body and awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual, CCEA and Qualifications Wales to deliver industry standard qualifications.

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Find out more about NCTJ qualifications, assessments, apprenticeships and accredited courses.

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The NCTJ delivers industry standard qualifications for pre-entry and trainee journalists, as well as professional qualifications for working journalists.

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Give yourself the best chance of success by studying on an NCTJ-accredited course. Search for courses below.

Shorthand notes


Shorthand is a fundamental skill for all journalists and an accurate shorthand note is vital. Shorthand is an elective module in the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

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An apprenticeship is a great option for those who want to earn while they learn, giving them on-the-job newsroom experience while they undertake an NCTJ qualification.

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Exam refreshers

We offer a series of refresher sessions to help you prepare for your diploma or NQJ exams.

Assessments & results

From exam dates and submission deadlines, find out more about assessments and results for all NCTJ qualifications.


Find out more about the fees relating to NCTJ qualifications, assessments and accreditation.

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