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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.

Research into the job destinations of NCTJ diploma students shows that 90 per cent of all NCTJ alumni with a gold standard diploma (A-C in all subjects and 100wpm shorthand if taken) are working in journalism six months after graduating.

We work closely with journalism employers to ensure our qualifications continue to teach the skills needed in the newsroom. Indeed, many employers specify the NCTJ diploma as an entry requirement for trainee positions.

Once you have completed the Diploma in Journalism, many employers will support you through your training to pass the the National Qualification in Journalism and become a senior journalist.

The NCTJ does an excellent job training Britain’s next generation of journalists, equipping them with the skills to get the news first and right.
John Ryley, head of Sky News
There are reasons why British journalists are renowned for being the best in the industry – and one of them is because of their training. We are delighted to support the NCTJ as they consistently train our reporters to provide a world-class service.
Toby Granville, editorial development director, Newsquest


Our research into the destinations of NCTJ Diploma in Journalism shows that employment rates are at a high.

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  • 90%

    of those with the gold standard diploma are working six months after finishing their course.

  • 92%

    of recent gold standard students believe the diploma prepared them well for employment.

"Employability is one of the most important barometers of NCTJ accreditation. We're conscious we set a very exacting standard which is challenging and rewarding."

— Joanne Butcher, chief executive, NCTJ

Study the Diploma in Journalism

There are a number of ways to study for the entry-level Diploma in Journalism. Find out more using the links below.

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

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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.


Distance learning

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

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