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NCTJ Diploma in Journalism Level 3 at City of Wolverhampton College

Course description

During this course you will study:

  • Journalist reporting
  • Essential public affairs
  • Journalism ethics
  • Court reporting
  • Broadcast video production
  • Media law
  • Shorthand
  • You will also complete a work placement in a local paper

Course content

Recognised by editors across the country as the only relevant course for new journalists, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma has a successful history here at City of Wolverhampton College. With superb grades for each learner year on year and fantastic links with local industries our NCTJ Diploma has been awarded the best NCTJ FE course for four years running. This has been achieved through delivering a course led by industry professionals who provide you with the best possible route into gaining employment into the journalism career you are looking for.

The course is taught through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical experience. We have excellent contacts with editors across the region who regularly interview learners for job openings that occur. Last year 10 learners immediately went into industry relevant jobs, some gaining job offers even before they had completed the course.

This course is an excellent alternative to university for students who would prefer to take a professional route into journalism, but is also designed for graduates who wish to specialise in journalism and is the qualification demanded by editors, irrespective of your degree.

As part of the National Skills Academy for Creative and Culture we pride ourselves as being at the forefront of education and training for the ever changing journalism industry. This course hosts a range of guest speakers and links with local newspapers such as the Express & Star, Shropshire Star, Birmingham Mail, Worcester News, Hereford Times and Aroq magazine group – it allows all learners to gain current and relevant training which gives them not just a qualification, but the experience in the career they wish to pursue. Not only NCTJ but Arts Council England has endorsed the quality of our teaching and learning and links with employers by awarding us ‘Arts Mark Gold’.

Entry requirements

To access this course you are required to have:

  • At least 5 A-C grades at GCSE including English
  • Ideally you should also have achieved either two A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma
  • You will have an interview and will be required to sit a national entrance exam


The course is assessed continuously throughout the year by exams and course work. Each unit will be assessed by an exam set by the NCTJ and will be awarded with a final grade of A to E, learners who achieve A to C grades in each exam and 100 words per minute shorthand will achieve gold standard accreditation and be eligible to go on to complete the National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) whilst working full time.

Future opportunities

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in print journalism, broadcast journalism, as a press officer, in public relations, marketing or web authoring
  • Progress on to employment or a relevant university degree

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Wolverhampton College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2015
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