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?
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.
You might also wish to apply for a Professional and Career and Development Loan. These are available at some (but not all) banks and you should enquire with them for details.
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 17-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.
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.
"If you really want to pursue a career as a journalist, I would say that doing your NCTJ diploma at PA is one of the best decisions you can make. You leave qualified, confident and much more employable – and you make some great friends along the way."
Clara Strunck // Freelance Video Journalist