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If you wish to fit your training around work or caring responsibilities, then our part-time NCTJ diploma course could be for you. You’ll follow the same curriculum as trainees on the full time course, but study will be in-person every Saturday, with remote workshops on Tuesday evenings.  

All trainees are encouraged to undertake work experience during the course, and there are also opportunities to specialise in sports journalism, or digital features and longform journalism.

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. 

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

Who the course is for 

  • Anyone interested in starting a career in journalism and want to study around other commitments
  • Recent college or university leavers 

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

Learning outcomes 

  • Develop the skills for good storytelling 
  • Understand the code that guides journalists 
  • Learn the essential basics of media law and court reporting 
  • 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 30th June 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.

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