The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, taught at UCFB, is the professional qualification that news organisations demand when recruiting new journalists.
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. At UCFB, students will be trained to report for a range of digital, print, video and broadcast platforms by experienced senior journalists who are also NCTJ lecturers. UCFB has a unique offer of specialist NCTJ options to choose from including Sports Journalism, Production Journalism and Broadcast Journalism (an in-depth double module equipping students with essential skills in radio and television production) .
NCTJ students are expected to secure short term work placements. There will be visits to the Greater London Authority, magistrates and crown courts, Sky News plus a variety of guest speakers who work in newsrooms or have daily contact with journalists.
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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