Sutton College’s next National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) fast-track Diploma in Journalism will begin in January 2021.

The diploma is the industry qualification demanded by newspaper editors and is highly valued in broadcast media, news websites and magazines. NCTJ accreditation is the hallmark of excellence in journalism training, providing a world-class industry standard that is recognised throughout the media.

Journalism – Apply for January Course here 

What does the course involve?

Sutton College’s course is taught by experienced senior media professionals who have worked for a wide range of respected outlets including the BBC, ITV, The Daily Telegraph and Reuters. They teach students the skills and knowledge they need to work in a modern, digital newsroom.

Students on our NCTJ course will learn:

  • Video Journalism
  • Media Law
  • Public Affairs
  • Media ethics
  • Shorthand
  • Essential journalism skills, including writing, editing and interviewing.

The course also covers live location reporting, court reporting, filming, editing and the latest digital and social media skills from experts in the field.

Whilst on the course, students are given the opportunity to meet and question visiting senior journalists with past speakers including:

  • The BBC’s Home Affairs Correspondent Tom Symonds
  • BBC Newsdesk Editor Neil Henderson
  • Hannah Storm, the CEO and Director of the Ethical Journalism Network
  • BBC Sports Journalist Natalie Pirks

Course Information

Our next fast-track course will run for 18 weeks from January 2021 and will include visits to courts, council meetings and various other live events. The College is happy to assist students in finding suitable placements in the industry.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan so the fee (the lowest in London) can be covered by a long-term loan or added to an existing student loan. Students are also eligible to apply for the Journalism Diversity Fund (JDF) which can offer help with course fees and living costs (see NCTJ website for details.)

How do I apply?

To apply, view our Journalism course details and then apply directly online at

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