Fees and Funding

News Associates is accredited to deliver the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Diploma in Journalism in London and Manchester on full and part-time courses. 

Course fees at News Associates cover all tuition, enrolment with the National Council for the Training of Journalists, entry to one national examination in Essential Journalism, IPSO, Public Affairs, Media Law, Court Reporting, e-portfolio and Production Journalism or Sport Journalism and two attempts at Teeline shorthand.

Once a place has been offered on a respective course students pay a non-refundable £1,000 deposit to confirm their intention to study at News Associates. The balance is payable the day you commence your studies with us.

We also offer trainees the chance to pay for their studies by instalments. And an early-payment discount * on all our courses.

Course fees: London and Manchester

NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism, with optional module in either sports or production journalism (Full-time/fast-track/22 weeks) £4,600 (£4,350 with early-payment discount)

NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism, with optional module in either sports or production journalism (Part-time/40 weeks) – £4,250 (£4,000 with early-payment discount)

NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism (Full-time/35 weeks) £5,950 (£5,500 with early-payment discount)

Professional and Career Development Loans

These are bank loans that can be used to help pay for work related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work).

The Young People’s Learning Agency will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. The loan can be used to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses.

You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries. Because the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, they should only be considered as an option once all other student funding options have been investigated.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit www.direct.gov.uk/adultlearning or contact Careers Advice on 0800 100 900. Our learning provider registration number is: 20006

Journalism Diversity Fund

The Journalism Diversity Fund is available to students from ethnically and socially diverse backgrounds, who are without the means to support themselves through an NCTJ training course. For more information and an application form visit – www.journalismdiversityfund.com

Other concessions

There are other concessions available to students, including Transport for London’s (TFL) Student Oyster Card, which we can issue once a full-time course has started.

International trainees

International trainees are welcome at News Associates and we don’t levy any premium on their course fees.

However, most trainees coming to study here from outside the EU will require student visas, and that imposes requirements both on the students themselves and on the institutions at which they study.

International trainees can apply for all our training schemes but please note we are not on the Sponsor Register of Employers and therefore not currently in a position to sponsor Tier 2 visas for international graduates.

For information on the prices for our short training courses please email training@newsassociates.co.uk or call us on 0203 026 3781.

* The early payment discount is £250 and is applicable if the full course balance is paid within a month of the place being offered. Otherwise the course fee reverts to full amount outlined above. Please note that the early payment discount is not valid if your application is less than four weeks before the intended start date of your course.