Part-time NCTJ DiplomaComplete your NCTJ Diploma while working

Interview with party candidate

Gain incredible work experience


If you wish to fit your training around work or caring responsibilities, then our part-time NCTJ diploma course could be for you. With its focus on features and longform journalism, you’ll study many of the same modules as students on the fast-track course — including essential news journalism, media law, digital journalism, and public affairs — as well as growing your skills in digital features and editing skills for journalists. 

You’ll learn how to capture and edit great video content, and you'll build a portfolio of brilliant work to impress future employers and help land your first journalism job. 

And if you’re keen to build your skills in reporting from the pitch, pool or court, you can also take a sports journalism module.

Our training is by journalists, for journalists. So you’ll learn from the best in the business. 

Study is in-person each Saturday, with remote workshops on Tuesday evenings, allowing you to balance building your journalism career with other commitments — a great choice if you’re looking to change careers or can’t commit to full-time study.  

We encourage you to undertake work experience during the course, and offer careers support as you approach the job market. The course runs until July 2023 with breaks at Christmas and Easter.

We have offered this flexible approach to studying for many years, and many of our part-time diploma trainees have gone on to inspiring media careers in top UK newsrooms.

All our courses are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). 

If you are interested in learning shorthand and taking a module in court reporting, then our 18-week, fast-track diploma will help you gain those skills and launch your news journalism career.

Who the course is for 

  • Recent college or university leavers 
  • People keen to build practical journalism skills they can put into practice
  • People looking to study journalism around other commitments
  • People with an interest in sports journalism
  • People with an interest in features or longform journalism
  • People who want to achieve a Level 5 NCTJ Diploma in Journalism 

We also work with companies who wish to invest in their teams to improve their journalism skills. 

Learning outcomes 

  • Build reporting and news skills  
  • Develop techniques for good storytelling 
  • Understand the code that guides journalists 
  • Know how to edit and improve copy and how to write great headlines
  • Learn the essentials of media law and how it is put into practice 
  • Learn the skills for creating excellent digital content 
  • Improve understanding of public affairs  

Once you have completed this course you’ll be ready for the world of journalism. We’ll support you with finding a job and you’ll be able to join our alumni network to build connections with other PA Training graduates. 

Why choose PA Media 

We provide the best start to your career with our industry-leading journalism training. Training with the UK and Ireland’s national press agency means that you’ll be treated like a journalist from day one of your course, and we’ll focus on giving you the skills you need to start your career in journalism.  

You’ll be taught by senior journalists from some of the UK’s most prestigious newsrooms, get hands-on experience and produce stories that help you achieve top marks in your NCTJ exams.  


Course begins 13th September 2022 and finishes 1st July 2023


61 Queen Street, London, EC4R 1AE

Course fees 

£5,298 for the full year course.

We also offer an award scheme providing a limited number of fully-funded places to support aspiring journalists from under-represented backgrounds. Find out more about the Future of Journalism Fellowship awards here.

Find out more 

Full time courses:


Arlo Parks being interviewed at The Brits

Opportunities to interview successful artists

Apply for a course

Interview with party candidate

Gain incredible work experience

Arlo Parks being interviewed at The Brits

Opportunities to interview successful artists

PA Training
NCTJ accredited course