Diploma in Journalism distance learning programme

The NCTJ Distance Learning Diploma in Journalism programme equips learners with the knowledge and skills that journalists need to succeed on the job. It is also ideal for those who want to acquire transferrable journalistic skills.

The NCTJ distance learning course is designed for UK-based learners, although we have many overseas students who complete the course and achieve the Diploma in Journalism qualification.

The programme is perfect for those unable to study at an NCTJ-accredited, centre-based course. It provides distance learners with the information and support needed to comprehensively learn about each subject, thus preparing them for the exams. It is not compulsory to sit the exams but students must pass the exams and the portfolio to gain the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism.

Information about the mandatory skills and elective options can be found in the left hand links.

We recommend that you complete a self-test (see link below) before ordering the materials.

Order forms for UK-based applicants and overseas customers are available through the links on the left.

For an in-depth explanation of the distance learning programme, please visit our FAQs page.


As a distance learner, you will be eligible to purchase an NUS extra discount card and you can join the NUJ as a student member using the online application form.