National Council for the Training of Journalists

The National Council for the Training of Journalists' (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism is the qualification employers look for in order to ensure that a junior reporter is well trained and can work to a national standard. It was launched in 2010 to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge required for today's multimedia industry.

Course content

The diploma has three core values at its foundation:
  • The skills needed to source and tell stories accurately and to tight deadlines
  • The modern multimedia environment of journalism and the integration of this with traditional skills 
  • Core essential skills which are taught and assessed to a national standard, while still allowing some flexibility to specialise
NCTJ training is offered by Glasgow Clyde College on a day-release basis. To gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism candidates must cover five areas of study. Students are encouraged to study for the full diploma, but can undertake any or all of the fields of study according to individual preference and need.

The five areas studied are:
  • Media law, including Essential Media Law and Court Reporting
  • Public affairs 
  • Shorthand, from beginners up to 100wpm
  • Essential Journalism, including the Essential Journalism exam and portfolio
  • Business of magazines 
Once a student has achieved the diploma, they may progress onto the National Qualification in Journalism.

Law £300 
Public affairs £150
Business of magazines £150
Shorthand £300
Essential Journalism and Ethics £300

Regulation Test
In order to ensure that all journalists are adhering to the highest ethical standards, the NCTJ are introducing a media regulation test from autumn 2016. Anyone wishing to complete the diploma must take the regulation test. It can also be taken as a stand-alone qualification with bespoke teaching. The cost for this is still to be confirmed.

The Journalism Diversity Fund offers bursaries to people from diverse backgrounds to train as journalists. This course is eligible for Individual Learning Account (ILA) funding. If you are using an ILA to fund/part fund this course, please call 0141 272 3335 to enrol.

To enquire about this course please call 0141 272 3335 or contact 

Entry requirements (minimum)

Candidates may be staff at local, regional or national media organisations, freelance or may have media experience in areas such as public relations
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