NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) (-)



NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track)

Locations: UCFB Wembley.

A career in journalism is one of the most rewarding in the world, requiring passion, determination and skill to succeed.

The NCTJ qualification has launched the careers of world class reporters and is nationally recognised as the kite mark of quality by employers. UCFB is the only 20-week Fast Track course in the UK to offer the NCTJ’s Broadcasting module in radio and television – skills which media companies are increasingly requiring in a multi-platform age. Students will have access to a bespoke mobile radio studio and one of Wembley Stadium’s two TV studios overlooking the pitch.
Alternatively, candidates can choose options in Sports Journalism or Production Journalism. All students will be trained in the core skills of reporting for a range of digital, print, video and broadcast platforms by experienced senior journalists who are also NCTJ lecturers.
Students are expected to secure short term work placements with the support of tutors and will also have the opportunity to contribute to the sports website SportsVibe. There will be visits such as trips to Mayor’s Question Time with Sadiq Khan, magistrates and crown courts, Sky News plus a variety of guest speakers who work in newsrooms or have daily contact with journalists. Speakers so far include 1966 England footballing hero George Cohen, Sky Sports News’ Hayley McQueen, sports pundit Niall Quinn, Matt Cooke from Google Newslab and Bob Satchwell from the Society of Editors.


Students must pass seven modules graded A-C, including attaining 100wpm shorthand to attain the NCTJ Gold Standard certificate. All students will take the following modules:

  • Shorthand
  • Essential Media Law and Regulation
  • Court Reporting
  • Essential Public Affairs
  • Reporting
  • E-portfolio

Candidates will choose one other option from the following electives:

  • Sports Journalism
  • Production Journalism
  • Broadcast Journalism (double module)

Career prospects

After successful completion of the NCTJ Diploma, students typically go on to work in regional and national newspapers, websites, magazines and broadcasting organisations, as well as press offices.


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Tuition fees

  • UK/EU tuition fees for 2017 entry are £4,500 per year.

Additional costs

The provision of a facility or service including accommodation may be subject to an additional charge (i.e. separate from tuition fees). Where this is the case, we will make this clear in advance and payment for such service shall be made in accordance with any additional contract made between you and the University.

In some instances, optional Complimentary Curriculum activities provided by UCFB may carry an additional cost for participants (e.g. qualifications with external certification such as FA Coaching Badges or ProZone qualifications). Any additional costs will be provided to students in advance of any such sessions running.

Students will be required to purchase a series textbooks to assist with their studies, including books on shorthand and media law. These books typically start at £20 each. There will also be travelling costs when participating in class excursions as well as additional costs if a student has to re-sit an exam. This cost depends on which module, and can range from £15 to £90.

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