Second NCTJ course falls victim to Government spending cuts

A second NCTJ-accredited journalism course has fallen victim to Government further education funding cuts.

Holdthefrontpage reports that the NCTJ pre-entry course at Warwickshire College is to close with three lecturers being made redundant. The lack of subsidy has sent course fees up from £1750 to £3700, and insufficient students have signed up to make the course viable.

The same issue left the only NCTJ-accredited photojournalism course, at Norton College in Sheffield, also facing the threat of closure. Although that course is now going ahead, albeit with increased fees.

Should Google and Facebook be forced to pay publishers for content?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

NCTJ-accredited FE courses have provided a far more cost-effective, and quicker, route into journalism than more expensive MA degrees.

A typical NCTJ FE course costs around £1,000 and takes 20 weeks, giving students the essential core skills of shorthand, media law, public affairs and news writing. MA courses can cost up to £10,000 and take a whole academic year.

The closing off of these cheaper routes into journalism is only going to make it harder for those from less well-off backgrounds to make it into the profession.

UPDATE (6 August 2010): In response to the comment below I’ve checked the last Press Gazette Journalism Training Supplement, and those course fee figures are a little wide of the mark. Expect to pay typically £5,000 for an MA and £1,500 to £3,000 for an FE course.

SIGN UP HERE FOR

PRESS GAZETTE DAILY

Our free daily round-up of the biggest news about the world of news

Comments
No comments to display

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one × 1 =