Journalism NCTJ Diploma

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: 3 Arts & Media

This vocational course is for anyone wishing to work as a journalist in newspapers, magazines or online. The National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) is the industry’s main training body. We run two options, a post-grad 22 week course and a 1 year course running for 33 weeks. Both receive the same qualification and have to meet the same standards.

Cornwall College was one of the earliest accredited courses and one of the first to offer the fast-track. We also have a history of excellent exam results and post-course employment. This qualification has fast-track or one year delivery options.


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You’ll need:

For the fast track option, a degree or experience in a newsroom environment is preferable. All candidates will be interviewed and sit a national entrance exam. We are happy to consider candidates without the above qualifications if they can prove a commitment to the industry.

For the one year option, a candidate will usually have a level 3 qualification. They should also have an interest in and commitment to journalism.  All candidates will be interviewed and sit a national entrance exam. This course is aimed at younger students and those with less industry experience as it allows study to take place over a longer period of time than the equivalent fast-track.

You’ll learn:

You will study multi-platform journalism, including newspaper and magazine writing, online, video reporting and editing, newspaper law, central and local government, shorthand (teeline) up to 100 words per minute, with opportunities to develop skills in other areas such as keyboard skills, design and page layout. You will follow the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism course; assessment will be by formal NCTJ exams and a portfolio of news, feature and video reports. Successful completion of each subject will result in an NCTJ Diploma. The NCTJ is a practical based course which is very much hands on, where students will be expected to produce real stories for news products on a weekly basis. Work experience is a crucial element of the course and successful applicants will have the opportunity to spend a day a week throughout the course working in the industry.



NCTJ Diploma exams, portfolio and coursework.


The Journalism Diversity Fund is aimed at people from diverse backgrounds who need help funding their journalism training.

Candidates must be from a socially or ethnically diverse background, be able to demonstrate genuine commitment to becoming a successful journalist and have secured a place on an NCTJ-accredited course.

For more information, please visit http://www.journalismdiversityfund.com/

You’ll love:

Cornwall College has excellent contacts for professional, industry-based work experience placements with students studying the NCTJ fast-track being prioritised by Cornwall and Devon Media. Placements will help the next generation of journalists to get real newsroom experience. Jacqui Walls, editor of the West Briton and Cornishman, said: "We have employed some great students from Cornwall College. We have got a number of reporters out there now who have gone through the NCTJ qualification there and we have had reporters over the years who have gone on to great jobs on our other papers and beyond at the nationals.

"The great thing for us is we have a local college who are providing the qualification we need to take on people as reporters."

You’ll go on to:

Successful students can expect to find work as a reporter writing for newspapers, magazines, news agencies and websites. There are also many opportunities to develop your skills in radio and television. Over the past decade more than 80% of our students have gone straight into jobs as reporters and we have featured as the top further education college for exam results. After sitting your NCTJ Part 1 exams on the course you will be expected to do 18 months in the industry before sitting the NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism exam (NQJ). Passing this exam gives you senior reporter status. Cornwall College has trained more than 550 reporters and now has former students working with national newspapers, magazines, news agencies, online and a range of provincial newspapers around Britain, as well as in radio, television, public relations and marketing. Former students from the course are working for organisations as diverse as the BBC, the Daily Star and Oxfam. The course provides excellent links with the local media, with many of the journalists in the Duchy trained at Cornwall College.

" The tutors provided first-rate teaching, bringing the course to life with great passion and humour. The five months I spent in Cornwall were also the most fun of my academic life." Stephen Adams - Medical Correspondent, Mail on Sunday


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Journalism NCTJ Diploma

Start Date

September 2017




1 Year

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