To pass, you must achieve A-E grades in all modules taken (achieving a minimum 82 credits) and a minimum 60wpm shorthand if taken.
To gain the industry ‘gold standard’ diploma you must achieve A-C grades in all modules taken (achieving a minimum 82 credits) and 100wpm shorthand if taken.
Funding is available for those in need of financial assistance through the Journalism Diversity Fund for NCTJ-accredited courses (excluding undergraduate courses).
To find out which elective modules each accredited course has on offer (e.g. broadcast journalism, sports journalism), click here.
The NCTJ publishes annual results tables for accredited courses to allow you to make an informed choice about which course is most appropriate for you. Click here to view them.
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The NCTJ publishes an annual examiners’ report for the Diploma in Journalism.
The chief examiners provide feedback and updates on each module, the report also provides details of how many candidates sat each exam, pass rates and awards winners.
Examiners’ reports are available below:
Transition from the level 3 Diploma in Journalism
On 1 September 2020, the NCTJ level 5 Diploma in Journalism was introduced. This qualification will replace the Level 3 Diploma in Journalism after a transition period. Click here to read the transition arrangements.
Business of magazines elective module
The business of magazines elective module was withdrawn from the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism in September 2021 for new registrations. Click here to read the transition arrangements.