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NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

Course content

A 22-week intensive professional course designed to lead you directly into employment as a journalist or PR professional in both print and online.
Sheffield College is a long-established centre offering award-winning courses accredited by the industry-driven body, the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

You will be based at the Centre for Creative Industries at Sheffield College’s Hillsborough campus. You will study reporting, media law, shorthand, public affairs and video journalism.
All our courses are taught through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical experience. We have excellent contacts with editors and broadcasters across the region who regularly showcase students’ work.
Course assessment is by portfolio and exams set externally by the NCTJ.


This course leads you into newspapers, magazines, websites, press office work or public relations.


NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

Entry requirements

You must be over 18 at the start of the course and have GCSE English grade C or above.
This course is an excellent alternative to university for students who would prefer to take a professional route into journalism. Successful completion of A Levels or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media is ideal preparation for this course.

It is also designed for graduates who wish to specialise in journalism and is the qualification demanded by editors, irrespective of your degree.


The course runs for 22 weeks from September to March. Students are usually timetabled over four days.

Course fees

Fees for 2015/16 vary depending on your age. Students can also apply to the NCTJ’s Diversity Fund for a bursary scheme to pay for fees and living costs. Details are on the website
For more information email or call Sheffield College’s recruitment team on 01142 602600 Ext 2577.


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