Academic and Pastoral Support

Throughout your three years with us, you will be supported by your tutors who will work with you individually to encourage your academic and personal development.

We don’t want you to get lost in a sea of people. We have a select, small intake to ensure that, unlike other institutions, we’ll know your personal and professional needs by the end of the first week.

Our team of dedicated tutors will oversee your academic performance to ensure you are exceeding your potential, providing essential support to achieve the best possible results and leave the course with a bursting portfolio to take to employers – your currency when applying to jobs.

One-to-one tutorial time will be set aside, and students can email tutors around the clock for subject specific advice. We want you to feel you are always supported, with regular meetings with your academic and pastoral mentors.

We have members of the team who are mental health first aid trained, who are available to talk to trainees struggling with their mental health and signpost them to the right types of support.

We also have trained first aiders able to respond to medical emergencies.

We’ll provide unrivalled support when applying for jobs and after graduation our door is never closed – we’ll send you job alerts after your studies have concluded.

Some of our female tutors were recognised by the NCTJ in 2020 for their outstanding commitment to delivering journalism training.

Mental health resources

The School of Journalism tutors and our mental health first aiders are always on hand to have a chat if trainees want to talk through any issues they are experiencing during their studies and provide information on external support that may be available to them.

If you’re a current trainee, please see some examples below of trusted resources and helplines for you to use if you’re worried about your own mental health or the wellbeing of someone else.

  • Medical assistance
    Contact 999 or accompany someone to A&E if they are experiencing a mental health crisis and are in urgent need of medical help. If it is not an emergency but they require medical help, call 111 or encourage them to make an appointment with their GP.
  • Samaritans 
    Provide emotional support for people 24 hours a day, 365 days a year Phone: 116 123 or Email: [email protected]
  • SaneLine 
    Out of hours mental health and emotional support, and information for anyone affected
    Phone: 0300 304 7000 between 6pm-1pm, 7 days a week
  • Mind UK
    Information on mental health issues, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments and advocacy
    Phone: 0300 123 3393 between 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri
  • Hub of Hope
    This website shows the local support services near to you – all you need to do is put in your postcode.
  • Shout
    A service which provides free 24/7 mental health support via text.
  • Rethink Advice and Information Service
    Practical help and information on issues such as the Mental Health Act, community care, benefits, debt, criminal justice and carers’ rights
    Phone: 0300 5000 927 between 9:30am-4pm
Milly's testimonial: "Getting into The School of Journalism was a dream for me. It is such a great course to be a part of and I can't wait to continue learning all that I need to know to be successful in the journalism industry. It's a very practical course which means you can have a lot of fun whilst learning. It is a very tough course but the ability to have fun whilst you do it and create such great bonds with everyone there makes it all worth while. I'd most definitely recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in journalism as you will gain so much experience and knowledge that will help lead you straight down the career path you wish to go down."
Izi's testimonial: "I love The School of Journalism undergraduate course! The opportunity to complete my NCTJ with my degree puts me at a huge advantage. I feel prepared for the work place and since starting, I have learnt how to make good connections by attending a variety of panels and networking events. I can’t wait to see where this degree takes me."
Michael's testimonial: "From start to finish I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The School of Journalism. From the kindness of tutors, flexibility of the course and my course mates I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants a career in journalism!"