Certificate in Foundation Journalism

Welcome to the Certificate in Foundation Journalism, the NCTJ's beginner-level qualification. If you have purchased units via the NCTJ website (www.nctj.com), this is where you will find your learning materials. Provided you have received your login details, you will find the relevant units unlocked below. 

If you have not yet decided to go ahead with studying for the Diploma and would like further information, please visit the following link: Find out more.

As you work through each unit, you can mark your progress by checking off these icons: on the left-hand side of the page.

At the end of each unit you will find a series of assessments to complete. You can submit your completed unit for assessment to the NCTJ at any time. Please upload PDF copies of your work alongside any other necessary files. This will allow the marker to annotate your work and give you detailed feedback. The next deadline for submissions is 27 May 2022. Subsequent deadlines for the current academic year are now confirmed as:

27 May 2022
29 July 2022

Results will be released six weeks after each submission deadline.

The cost of your first submission is included in your purchase of each unit. Resubmissions of assessments cost £13.50 (inc VAT). If you wish to resubmit your assessment for a unit, please fill out the form here


An introduction to the Certificate in Foundation Journalism

An introduction to how the Certificate in Foundation Journalism works. Also includes a support forum.

Gathering information

The aim of this unit is for candidates to demonstrate valid techniques for carrying out journalistic research and interviews.

How to tell a news story

The aim of this unit is to enable the production of accurate news stories for publication.

Recording information

The aim of this unit is to understand the best and most appropriate ways to record information.

Legal and ethical considerations

The aim of this unit is for candidates to have a general awareness of the law as it affects journalists and how to operate in an ethical manner within any relevant regulations.

Writing for digital media

The aim of this unit is to understand how to successfully use digital media for journalistic purposes.

Community radio newsgathering

The aim of this unit is to understand key principles of being a community radio newsgatherer.

Feature writing

The aim of this unit is to understand how to research and create engaging features.

Finding and using data

The aim of this unit is to understand easily accessible forms of data and how to use the information for journalistic purposes.

How society works

The aim of this unit is to explain how Britain is governed at central, devolved and local government levels.

How to use the English language for journalists

The aim of this unit is to understand how to use the English language accurately for the purposes of journalism.

Review and comment articles

The aim of this unit is to learn how to write reviews and comment articles.

Sports reporting

The aim of this unit is to understand major UK sports and how to successfully report matches.

Taking images suitable for publication

The aim of this unit is to learn how to produce images suitable for publication.

The history of news

The aim of this unit is to understand the ways in which news have changed over the centuries.

Using audio to tell a story

The aim of this unit is to learn how to use audio recordings for the purposes of journalism.

Using the English language for maximum effect

The aim of this unit is to develop a strong use of English for the purposes of journalism.

Using video to tell a story

The aim of this unit is to learn how to shoot video to tell a news story.

Writing for a specific purpose

The aim of this unit is to learn how to write newsletters and press releases.