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Why choose NCTJ

The NCTJ delivers the premier training scheme for journalists in the UK, and there are a number of benefits to choosing the NCTJ.

If you are looking for a journalism course, making sure you choose one that is NCTJ-accredited will put you a cut above the rest and give you the best chance of securing a job in journalism.

Our research shows that 81 per cent of qualified journalists in the UK hold an NCTJ qualification.

The Diploma in Journalism qualification shows you have the knowledge, skills and aptitude to succeed in the newsroom. In fact, some editors may not even consider an applicant if they haven’t achieved the Diploma in Journalism, so why close off those opportunities?

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Find out more about the benefits of choosing the NCTJ, from employability and flexible study options to awards and additional support.

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Industry recognised

The most important feature of NCTJ qualifications is employability – they open the doors to a whole range of careers in the media sector.

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Journalism Skills Academy

The NCTJ’s Journalism Skills Academy supports journalists throughout their careers - offering professional and expert training and development in a range of subjects which reflect the needs of the industry.


Distance learning

NCTJ journalism qualifications can be studied by distance learning, which is perfect for those unable to study at a centre-based course.

Awards for Excellence 2021


Wouldn’t ‘award-winning journalist’ look great on your CV? There are a number of awards up for grabs each year for NCTJ students, apprentices and trainees.

Rianna Croxford winning an NCTJ award


With 81 per cent of qualified journalists in the UK holding an NCTJ qualification, it will come as no surprise that NCTJ alumni are working in all areas of the news media, including many familiar faces!…


It is so important that journalists reflect the communities they serve, and we are committed to leading radical change in the industry to improve the diversity of newsrooms.

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

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