This outstanding short programme delivers exceptional quality NCTJ training in and around Wembley Stadium to aspiring journalists as well as editorial apprentices from the Independent, Evening Standard, Sky News and Sky Sports News.
A career in journalism is one of the most rewarding in the world, requiring passion, determination and skill to succeed.
The NCTJ qualification has launched the careers of world class reporters and is nationally recognised as the kite mark of quality by employers. UCFB is the only 20-week Fast Track course in the UK to offer the NCTJ’s Broadcasting module in radio and television – skills which media companies are increasingly requiring in a multi-platform age. Students will have access to a bespoke mobile radio studio and one of Wembley Stadium’s two TV studios overlooking the pitch.
Alternatively, candidates can choose options in Sports Journalism or Production Journalism. All students will be trained in the core skills of reporting for a range of digital, print, video and broadcast platforms by experienced senior journalists who are also NCTJ lecturers.
Students are expected to secure short term work placements with the support of tutors and will also have the opportunity to contribute to the sports website SportsVibe. There will be visits such as trips to Mayor’s Question Time with Sadiq Khan, magistrates and crown courts, Sky News plus a variety of guest speakers who work in newsrooms or have daily contact with journalists. Speakers so far include 1966 England footballing hero George Cohen, Sky Sports News’ Hayley McQueen, sports pundit Niall Quinn, Matt Cooke from Google Newslab and Bob Satchwell from the Society of Editors.
Head of Sport at the Daily Mail and MailOnline, Lee Clayton, at UCFB Wembley
Overview Modules Entry Requirements Career Prospects
Applicants will have a degree (in any discipline), although consideration will be given to those with experience/employer sponsorship. GCSE English at grade C or above is essential. Students with outstanding A-level results will also be considered.
Applicants must also pass the NCTJ pre-test with a minimum score of 65%. This will be followed up by an interview with UCFB lecturers.
Applicants who are unable to pay for their fees and/or living expenses can apply for funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund.
Students must pass seven modules graded A-C, including attaining 100wpm shorthand to attain the NCTJ Gold Standard certificate. All students will take the following modules:
Essential Media Law and Regulation
Essential Public Affairs
Candidates will choose one other option from the following electives:
Broadcast Journalism (double module)
After successful completion of the NCTJ Diploma, students typically go on to work in regional and national newspapers, websites, magazines and broadcasting organisations, as well as press offices.
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