This NCTJ-accredited journalism course will take place over 38 weeks at our training centre within the main headquarters of the Press Association in London, two minutes walk from Victoria Station.
You will study one evening a week, from around 6.30pm to 9.30pm and on each Saturday from 10am to 5.30pm. The hours are designed to make this course accessible for those who are already working or need to earn money while they study.
You will learn shorthand on both the evening and Saturday course for most of the time and will study journalism most days as well. There is a lot to learn though so we will also be teaching you media law, court reporting, public affairs and production during the Saturday sessions.
There is also the requirement to complete a portfolio of course work which will be assessed. There is also a reporting examination.
Practical experience will be gained by contributing to a London-wide news website where you will be given your own news patch to work on real stories. This content will not only form part of your portfolio of work, it will also enable you to impress editors when you apply for news reporting jobs.
There will be a requirement to do a certain amount of self-study if you are going to reach the 100 words per minute shorthand target and also to do homework assignments for law and PA on a regular basis. During the life of the course you will also need to attend a magistrates court and a council meeting outside of the regular course hours.
The course is designed though to enable someone to continue to work full time while they study.
Our next course starts on September 18 2018.