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Harlow College

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Do you want to be a journalist? The Harlow College School of Journalism has been training journalists for over 50 years and our alumni include many shining lights in the world of print, TV and radio.

• John Stapleton (GMTV, Watchdog, Panorama, Newsnight, Nationwide, TV-am, Daybreak) – Patron of the Harlow College School of Journalism,
• Piers Morgan (The Mirror, Good Morning Britain),
• Richard Madeley (This Morning, Richard and Judy),
• Kelvin MacKenzie (The Sun).
• Sophy Ridge (Sky News),
Alan Rusbridger (the Guardian),
• Jason Cowley (New Statesman),
• Charlie Hedges (Kiss FM),
• Steve Lamacq (BBC Radio).Jounalism_small_logoFounded in 1965 Harlow was the first journalism school in the country and the original home of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). We continue to enjoy this proud tradition of first class journalism to this day, offering a range of courses

• The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism
• The NCTJ Junior Journalist Apprenticeship
• The UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media and Production (Journalism Pathway)
• The UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media and Production (Factual TV Production Pathway)

Our award-winning NCTJ Diploma is ideal for A-level graduates, post-18 learners, mature students, and university leavers, while our UAL Diploma in Journalism and Factual TV Production have been specifically designed for school leavers to provide them with the skills they need to graduate onto the NCTJ.

Our facilities include a state-of-the-art TV studio and production gallery, a radio studio, and several Mac suites with a full range of Adobe software. You will also have access to cutting edge technology, including video cameras, audio recorders, and Nikon cameras.

Whilst on the course you will be taught by working lecturers. Classes are kept small so there is plenty of one-to-one tuition, and we have a dazzling array of industry speakers including household names such as John Stapleton, Trisha Goddard, Andrew Pierce and Kevin Maguire. You will visit Parliament, crown, magistrates and coroner’s courts, BBC Essex radio, local Council meetings, and the offices of a national newspaper. You will also become a member of the Harlow Harrier ( and be required to use the skills you have learnt in class to find stories, interview sources, a write news articles to deadline.

Our fees are among the most reasonable in the country and we have the added bonus of being close to London, where many national media companies are based. We encourage students to make the most of this opportunity and develop strong contacts with potential employers through regular work experience.


Amina Ahmed, 19

“I enjoy studying here because the tutors are really friendly. They give us the confidence to deal with work experience and trying to get jobs in journalism, because they were in the same position themselves once. They can pass on good advice.

“The best skill I’ve learnt is shorthand. It will help me become a journalist, and it feels like I’m communicating in a secret language. I also like the practical side of the course; for example, using the radio studio and the TV studio. This helps me understand what it will be like when I’m in the workplace.”

Dan Barnard, 21

“The hands-on experience of tutors and their contacts within industry have definitely helped me. I’ve been able to write match reports for the local newspaper and put into practice what I’ve learnt in tutorials.

“I now have a range of skills; not just writing sport stories but also sport broadcasting, photography and online journalism, as well as shorthand and law. So when I finish the course, I’ll be ready for what lies ahead.”

Becky Bird, 20

“I feel prepared for what comes next. I haven’t just improved my writing; I’ve also got lots of valuable experience and a good understanding of how the media works. I’ve found law and politics very useful, and I’m now itching to get out there and find a job.

“I’d recommend the course to anyone who wants to get into journalism. It puts everything into context. You learn practical skills – like television, radio and writing for magazines – and the course makes you feel confident that you will be successful when you do it for real.”

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NCTJ Diploma in Journalism

UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media and Production (Journalism Pathway)

UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma in Creative Media and Production (Factual TV Production Pathway)