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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 must be paid in advance. The course is delivered across three semesters by practicising industry professionals.
  • Start Date
    13 Sept 2023
  • 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 D203
    Campus: Strand Road
    Type: Part Time
    Start Date: 13/09/2023
    (Wed:9:00AM-5:00PM / Thu:9:00AM-12:00PM /)
    Full £816.00
    Concession £326.00
    Examination £465.00

Course Offering

  • Site location Strand Road
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Course Modules

  • Essential Journalism
  • Court Reporting
  • Videojournalism
  • Broadcast Journalism for Radio and TV
  • Law
  • Public Affairs
  • Portfolio Building
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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.

Additional Requirements Prior to Entry

Interview Required


Access NI Check


Attendance at Information Session


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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    Everything the Music departament at NWRC had on offered sounded appealing and was the obvious next step for me after my GCSEs.
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