Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I apply?

Once you have applied for one of our journalism courses we will take some time to review your application. We only take on a limited number of delegates so we really have to ensure that the course is right for you.

If you are successful with your application you will be invited along for an interview day. The purpose of the day is to get to know you better and find out more about your experience and how we can help you over the duration of the course. You will also sit some written tests; again this allows us to see if the course is suitable for you.

How much does a course cost?

The individual course fees are listed under each course entry. Here are the relevant links: News and Sport.

Are grants available?

Normally, the courses do not qualify for student grants. However, NCTJ courses do qualify for funding under the Journalism Diversity Fund. Click here for full details of that scheme. 

Part-time or full-time?

Both courses offer exactly the same NCTJ qualification, only the hours you train are different. We initially created the part-time course for those considering a career change; the nature of the course allows delegates to earn while they learn which can help delegates fund the course.

The full-time course traditionally has been more popular with recent graduates however we normally have a good mix of professionals and recent graduates on these 18-week journalism courses.

Do I need to have a degree in journalism?

You do not need a degree in journalism to take part in this course, what we look for in an applicant is someone who is committed to becoming a journalist and has had some form of journalism experience with a minimum of two A  levels.

What are my chances of getting a job at the end of a course?

Job opportunities at the end of our courses are excellent. In fact, nearly everyone who has successfully completed any of our courses over the past 20 years has secured a job as a journalist. It is a track record that other courses would struggle to match. Find out more here.

What happens if I complete the course and I don't have a job at the end of it?

If you complete the course and are still looking for a job at the end, you can count on our continued backing and support to help you secure it. Keeping in touch with your tutor after finishing the course will be crucial, regardless of your job situation.  

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Alicia Watts

'I'd never be where I am today without the PA course, it has opened so many doors for me. The staff are well trained and are all very encouraging. 

'All the hard work pays off in the end, I couldn't recommend it more. I work on video at the MailOnline but also present Facebook live for Daily Mail's page, and although we only did 1 week of video on the course, I still believe it prepared me for my current role. 

'It has changed my life; I have made lifelong friends and I know I'll always have a rewarding and successful career.'

Alicia Watts // Video Researcher, MailOnline

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