NCTJ Diploma in Journalism - Fast-track

Multimedia Journalism Preparation

No other course in the UK prepares you better for the blistering pace of today's newspapers, magazines and online publications.

From day one you are given exclusive access to the all the news editors of the city’s newspapers, magazines and digital publications.

And we organise at least three weeks' work experience for you after the course with prestigious publications like The Mail on Sunday's YOU magazine, Men's Health, The Argus, local TV and radio and other PR outfits and websites.

We have a team of tutors with many decades of real-world journalism experience in all media. We teach you the fundamentals and much more.

"The fast pace of the course does a lot to prepare you for what your working day as a journalist will be like. Expect the unexpected!"

Katie Clark, JW graduate, Chief Reporter, Bournemouth Echo

One Step Closer to Being a Journalist

By enrolling on this course, your goal of being a successful multi-media journalist will be one step closer.

We will ensure you have the best chance of qualifying as an industry-recognised journalist, with key experience and invaluable contacts.

We will teach you essential skills and help you develop an impressive portfolio.

We will even help you settle in, especially if you’re new to Brighton. Ask us for our accommodation info pack.

Make no mistake the NCTJ course is hard work, intensive and not for the faint-hearted.

The exams are externally set and marked, and national pass rates hover around the 50% mark.

Even when you graduate it is competitive to get a job – always has been, always will be.

But our exam pass rates are among the best in the country, and by the end of your time with us you should have your NCTJ exams, work experience and a portfolio of published work – everything you need to get a job.

Our graduates are working at all the top newspapers, magazines and websites in the country.

Fast-track: Sixteen Weeks of Journalism Fundamentals

On our full-time fast-track course you will learn all the fundamentals of today's journalism:

News Gathering

From day one students are encouraged to find their own stories. They receive guidance on how to find potential news sources and their work critiqued before it goes to publication in The Argus.

News and Feature Writing

Students learn reporting for newspapers, magazines, online, television and radio journalism. This includes a practical understanding of the ethical issues which confront journalists in their day-to-day work.

Production Journalism

A module which includes how to lay out copy on a page in a newspaper, a magazine or a website, headline writing, search engine optimization, desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress, editing different types of stories; typography; pictures and captions; proof reading and design.

Media Law

All journalists must know the legal and regulatory boundaries of what they can and cannot report. This includes both the IPSO and Ofcom codes of practice. Students lean all the media law essentials as well as an introduction to court reporting.

Public Affairs

All professional journalists should have a broad understanding of how government works at a local and national level, how they link together, where news stories come from and how to develop such stories.


Shorthand is an extremely valuable skill for the competent journalist. The NCTJ’s gold standard is to achieve at least 100 words per minute (wpm) and to be able to identify a newsworthy quote

In addition you learn: 

Mobile journalism, social media and SEO

In a series of sessions students receive a grounding in filming video and recording audio via mobile phones.

Online journalism classes include a grounding in Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), social media and other useful web tools.

These skills are essential in the modern newsroom. You also have plenty of opportunities to write news stories and features for the Brighton and Hove Independent - even a front page splash!

"All the tutors on the course were fantastic, but our public affairs tutor in particular took what could have been quite a dry subject and made every class entertaining."

Nikki Corfield, Graduate, winner of NCTJ 2009 Best Public Affairs Part One exam paper (93%)

Real Assignments, Real Opportunity

You could get a front page byline by the end of the first week like two of our recent students. 

It is a golden opportunity to get published.

Our students are thoroughly prepared for web-based journalism.

In today's market, publishers are increasingly developing their online presence.

You will learn how to write and sub-edit for online newspapers and magazines.

We also teach you video-production and editing, giving you multi-media understanding and proficiency.

We work in partnership with all city’s newsdesks.  Real-life assignments are regularly handed out by the Latest, Independent and Argus staff from day one.

You will have direct access to the news desks and help and advice from senior staff.  

Our students are thoroughly prepared for web-based journalism.

In today's market, publishers are increasingly developing their online presence.

You will learn how to write and sub-edit for online newspapers and magazines.

We also teach you how to shoot and edit a video on your mobile phone, giving you multi-media understanding and proficiency.

You can take this course part-time

You can study for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism part-time, so you can earn while you learn.  Our Weekend Part-time course runs on Wednesday evenings and all-day Saturday. 

"I walked straight into a job as a journalist on the Brighton and Hove Leader, before leaving a year later to take up the post as a television journalist with ITV News. I've worked on documentaries and news. I honestly couldn't have asked for a better start in journalism."

Jasmine Comer, Graduate, Freelance Journalist


During the process you will

  • Build Up Your Writing Confidence
  • Improve Your Style
  • Tighten Your Grammar
  • Equip Yourself With All The Necessary Skills


For information on fees and loans for all of our courses please visit the Fees page.

"At the end of their time with us students should have their NCTJ exams, a portfolio of published work and three weeks or more of work experience. That should get them to interview stage for journalism jobs. The rest is up to them."

Richard Lindfield, MD, Journalist Works


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