The Accredited NCTJ Diploma in Journalism is the industry standard qualification.
In 2022, we were awarded the best performing FE NCTJ course in the UK for our 2021 results!
What will I learn?
This 18-week NCTJ Diploma course will provide you with the skills you need to work in a digital newsroom or in the communications industry.
This course includes a variety of modules which will teach you how to produce engaging news copy and features as well as video footage for websites and social media.
You will also learn about how analytics and social media play a huge part in journalism and communications today.
Finally, you will develop a deep knowledge of the magazine industry in Scotland, Scottish politics and Scots Law.
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.
To gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism you must cover these seven areas of study:
- Essential journalism including the essential journalism exam and portfolio
- Practical magazine journalism
- Essential media law and regulation
- Journalism for a digital audience
- Public affairs (politics, health education etc)
- Video journalism for online.
Students run the College’s newspaper, The Clyde Insider, which allows them to publish written stories as well as mobile journalism pieces and podcasts.
From the beginning of the course, you will be given an insight into how a newsroom functions and the requirements of getting a publication into print and online.
80% of those who have taken the course achieved their diploma and 68% of those who passed achieved the coveted gold standard award.
You can also hear from some of our alumni below:
Hear from Journalism alumni Darren McGarvey and Dani Gibson.
Rebecca Carey NCTJ alumni shares her story.
Entry requirements (minimum)
A relevant degree.
Employer and industry links
The course will be taught by staff currently working within the newspaper and broadcast industries or have worked with them.
We have had a number of guest speakers talk to our students from the Big Issue, BBC Scotland, Bauer Media, Newsquests, Press Association, and Reach PLC to name but a few.
Graduates have found work with the Courier, the National newspaper, Newsquest, Newsquest Ayrshire Weeklies, Reach PLC Scotland local papers, Bauer Radio Scotland amongst other titles.
79% of graduates have found work in the journalism, media and public relations industry after finishing the course.
Making an application
For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.
Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.