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Journalism (Level 5 Diploma

Media, Multimedia & Journalism

Course Overview

The Diploma is accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists which sets the standard for journalism training in the UK. Students are typically graduates in any discipline or, if not graduates, have at least partially completed study at Higher Level. Applications from mature students are welcome. The Diploma is a requirement for entry to most areas of the profession and offers a foundation for a career in print, online, radio and broadcasting. It is also a useful qualification for existing journalists who may have no formal qualification but who wish to advance in their careers or add additional skills in video/radio/social media/law. Exam fees are additional and are paid one month prior to exams taking place. The course is delivered across three semesters.
  • Start Date
    14 Sep 2022
  • Study Mode
  • Duration
    50 Weeks
  • Campus
    Strand Road

Important Message

Fees must be paid at the time of enrolment, or arrangements should be put in place to pay by instalments. The full fee includes tuition, registration and examination fees (where relevant). Depending on your circumstances you may be entitled to a reduced (concessionary) fee. Reduced fees are applied to the cost of tuition only. Failure to enrol before the Awarding Body deadline may result in you incurring a late fee.

Available Sessions

  • Course
    Start Date
  • Course: NCTJ Level 5 Diploma Journalism Ref D215
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 14/09/2022
    Full £816.00
    Concession £326.00
    Examination £390.00

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Entry Requirements

UK Requirements

32 UCAS points + GCSE (Grade C or above) in English Applicants are also required to attend an interview where they will discuss their interest in news and current affairs and demonstrate the qualities needed to enter this challenging profession.

What's Next?

Further Study

This is a mainly post graduate programme. However students with a HND in Journalism who then complete the NCTJ qualification can apply to be accepted to the final year of journalism courses at a number of UK universities.

Additional Information

Graduates are to be found working at the highest level in the BBC, Irish Times, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News and Newsletter as well as Highland Radio and a range of weekly newspapers. Others have gone on to careers in PR, Marketing, magazines and teaching. The course is taught by industry professionals in facilities which mirror the highest professional standards including a TV studio, two radio studios and Outside Broadcast facilities for radio and TV. Students are taught everything from interview skills to video editing, radio production, court reporting, law, social media practice and writing skills.


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