NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track)
Locations: UCFB Wembley.
This outstanding short programme delivers exceptional quality NCTJ training inside Wembley Stadium to aspiring journalists as well as editorial apprentices from the Independent, Evening Standard, Sky News and Sky Sports News.
A career in journalism is one of the most rewarding in the world, requiring passion, determination and skill to succeed.
The NCTJ qualification has launched the careers of world class reporters and is nationally recognised as the kite mark of quality by employers. UCFB is the only short course in the UK to offer the NCTJ’s Broadcasting module in radio and television – skills which media companies are increasingly requiring in a multi-platform age. Students will have access to a bespoke mobile radio studio and one of Wembley Stadium’s two TV studios overlooking the pitch.
Alternatively, candidates can choose options in Sports Journalism or Production Journalism. All students will be trained in the core skills of reporting for a range of digital, print, video and broadcast platforms by experienced senior journalists who are also NCTJ lecturers.
Students are expected to secure short term work placements with the support of tutors and will also have the opportunity to contribute to the sports website SportsVibe. There will be visits to Mayor’s Question Time with Sadiq Khan, magistrates and crown courts, Sky News plus a variety of guest speakers who work in newsrooms or have daily contact with journalists. Speakers so far include 1966 England footballing hero George Cohen, Sky Sports News’ Hayley McQueen, sports pundit Niall Quinn, Matt Cooke from Google Newslab and Bob Satchwell from the Society of Editors.
Applications are now open for the Evening Standard/Independent editorial bursary scheme. Apply at standard.co.uk/editorialapprentices. The closing date is 14th November 2016.
London is a phenomenal opportunity for students to live and learn in a truly global city.
The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) will have two intakes per year, starting every September and February. To apply for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) at UCFB, please download and complete the application form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students must pass seven modules graded A-C, including attaining 100wpm shorthand to attain the NCTJ Gold Standard certificate. All students will take the following modules:
- Essential Media Law and Regulation
- Court Reporting
- Essential Public Affairs
Candidates will choose one other option from the following electives:
- Sports Journalism
- Production Journalism
- Broadcast Journalism (double module)
Applicants will have a degree (in any discipline), although consideration will be given to those with experience/employer sponsorship. GCSE English at grade C or above is essential. Students with outstanding A-level results will also be considered.
Applicants must also pass the NCTJ pre-test with a minimum score of 65%. This will be followed up by an interview with UCFB lecturers.
Applicants who receive an offer following the pre-test will need to pay a £100 deposit to secure their place on the course. This will go towards registration with the NCTJ. Please note: Your deposit may be at risk if you do not take up your place at UCFB.
Upcoming pre-test dates:
- Wednesday 12th October 2016
- Wednesday 9th November 2016
- Thursday 15th December 2016
- Saturday 7th January 2017
NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) tuition fees for 2017 entry
UK and EU students – £4,500
International students – £4,500
Students who pay in full before the course starts will receive a 5% discount on the full cost of the course.
Applicants who are unable to pay for their fees and/or living expenses can apply for funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund.
Applications for bursaries are currently open for the diversity fund’s third cohort. Application forms are available on the Journalism Diversity Fund website, here, the deadline is Wednesday 16th November at 5pm.
For further information, contact Benjy Wilson, NCTJ marketing and communications executive, on 01799 544940 or email email@example.com
UCFB NCTJ Scholarships:
- One full scholarship for social mobility purposes to someone who shows a strong passion but would otherwise not be able to afford the course;
- Two £1500 scholarships – one for a mature student who is returning to education without a degree, one for an undergraduate student who is academically excellent.
For more information, please visit the UCFB Scholarships & Bursaries page.
After successful completion of the NCTJ Diploma, students typically go on to work in regional and national newspapers, websites, magazines and broadcasting organisations, as well as press offices.