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.

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Duration: 20 weeks, with intakes in September and February every year

Study Mode: Full-time

Fees: UK and EU students – £4,500

Fees: International students – £4,500
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The NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) will have two intakes per year, starting every September and February. To apply for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) at UCFB, please download and complete the application form and return it to admissions@ucfb.com.

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)

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Applicants will typically have successfully completed an honours degree (in any discipline) and hold a GCSE in English at a minimum of grade C (or an equivalent qualification).

Consideration may also be given to applicants with strong experience/employer sponsorship and students with outstanding A–Level results and an overall strong profile.

Applicants must also pass the NCTJ pre-test with a minimum score of 65%. This will be followed up by an interview with UCFB lecturers.

Applicants who receive an offer following the pre-test will need to pay a £100 deposit to secure their place on the course. This will go towards registration with the NCTJ. Please note: Your deposit may be at risk if you do not take up your place at UCFB.

Upcoming pre-test dates:

  • Wednesday 10th May – 3pm until 6pm
  • Wednesday 24th May – 6pm until 9pm
  • Wednesday 7th June – 3pm until 6pm
  • Wednesday 21st June – 6pm until 9pm
  • Wednesday 5th July – 2pm until 5pm
  • Wednesday 19th July – 6pm until 9pm
  • Wednesday 2nd Aug – 2pm until 5pm
  • Wednesday 16th Aug – 6pm until 9pm

NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) tuition fees for 2017 entry

UK and EU students – £4,500

International students – £4,500

Students who pay in full before the course starts will receive a 5% discount on the full cost of the course.

In order for us to reserve a place for you on the programme it necessary for you to pay a deposit of £100. The deposit covers the cost of pre-registration with the NCTJ and ensures that your place with us is reserved. Details of the deposit and payment methods will be sent out with any offer letter. This deposit should be paid within 30 days of this offer.

Applicants who are unable to pay for their fees and/or living expenses can apply for funding from the Journalism Diversity Fund.

Applications for bursaries are currently open for the diversity fund’s third cohort. Application forms are available on the Journalism Diversity Fund website, here, the deadline is Wednesday 16th November at 5pm.

For further information, contact Benjy Wilson, NCTJ marketing and communications executive, on 01799 544940 or email benjy.wilson@nctj.com

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UCFB NCTJ Scholarships:

  • Two £1,500 scholarships offered to students who could not otherwise afford the programme – full details to be announced in December.

For more information, please visit the UCFB Scholarships & Bursaries page.

To apply for the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism (Fast Track) at UCFB, please download and complete the application form and return it to admissions@ucfb.com.

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.
International 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.