Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism for Adults

Course Code: P265293

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Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

Our practical training gives you the edge when it comes to finding work in the media. As well as essential theory, all our students spend two weeks working at The News in Portsmouth and will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best regional journalists in the country.

Units include:

  • news and feature writing
  • shorthand
  • essential public affairs
  • media law
  • multimedia portfolio
  • court reporting
  • video journalism for online.

As well as working in a real newsroom, we will assist in helping you make contact with news agencies such as SNAP and Solent News. You will also have field trip opportunities, including visiting the Houses of Parliament and the opportunity to report at events such as Victorious Festival.

At least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English. Ideally you should also have either two A Levels or an equivalent Level 3 qualification such as a BTEC Diploma.

This full-time course normally runs for 28 weeks starting in September. The teaching timetable is full time Monday-Friday. You may be required to attend events during the evening or weekends.

Assessment is by a mixture of exams held throughout the course dates and portfolio work. You will be taught by industry professionals.

School Leavers under the age of 19 do not have to pay fees on any full time courses, though may have to pay for their second year if turning 19 during their studies. If you’re aged 19 or over you might qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan. It’s easy to apply for and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £25,000. If you are studying a part-time course and you receive one of the following benefits, or you depend financially on someone who does, you may be entitled to have your tuition fees waived: Job Seekers Allowance, Income Support. You will, however, have to pay any awarding body/assessment fees (unless you are on a first full level 2 course). * If you are in receipt of Working Tax Credit or receive other allowances, you may be eligible to claim concessionary rates. If you are entitled to a fee concession you will be asked to provide proof of your entitlement. It is essential that you inform us if your entitlement changes at any time during your course.

Students normally leave College for a trainee post and you will be supported in finding work. It would normally take you between three and five years to work your way up to becoming a national newspaper reporter or broadcaster.

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