NCTJ Public Affairs Module

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Qualification type: Certificate
Level: Level 3
Awarding body NCTJ
Academic year: 2017/2018
Start date September 2017
Duration 34 weeks
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Short course

Course overview

This module gives trainee journalists a broad understanding of how government works at a local and national level, where news stories come from and how to develop such stories. Trainees must have an awareness of current news issues related to public affairs.


Course costs

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Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 5 GCSE passes with Grades A-C (including English and maths). The majority of entrants have A’ levels or equivalent and/or are graduates.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

The NCTJ Public Affairs is a core module of the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

How will I be assessed

Candidates are required to sit a one hour 45 minute examination which assesses their knowledge of public affairs and its practical application to the job of a journalist.

Assessment is by a two and a half hour examination which assesses candidates’ knowledge of media law and its practical application in a multimedia newsroom.

What next

On completion of the seven modules of the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, and at least 18 months in the workplace as a trainee, students progress to the senior exams qualification NQJ.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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