Why Us?

Our NCTJ-accredited BA (Hons) Journalism degree, The School of Journalism, is a unique collaboration between News Associates award-winning journalism training and Plymouth Marjon University.

Each year The School of Journalism will offer a select group of students a practical and innovative way to study journalism in London and Manchester.

At The School of Journalism you will become a journalist on day one – so don’t expect 12 contacts hours a week. It’ll be fast-paced and practical – just like the job.

You don’t learn journalism from a textbook so all our students will contribute extensively to Mancunian Matters or South West Londoner –  established news sites run by News Associates. There will also be the chance for work experience at our agency and our clients – putting theory in practice is core to our delivery.

Read how our NCTJ journalism courses rank ahead of all UK universities, according to Press Gazette, the leading journalists’ trade title. Click here.

In 2020, 100% of The School of Journalism’s first cohort of graduates achieved gold-standard. The national ‘gold-standard’ pass rate for the hugely-demanding gold standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism in 2019 was 15%, making the feat of our graduates all the more impressive.

News Associates has been officially recognised as the UK’s best NCTJ journalism course for five years running. And it’s this award-winning approach to journalism training that is at the heart of The School of Journalism in Manchester and London.

It’s not just about being good in the classroom, but being great in the newsroom.

We want you to leave not just with an impressive academic record, but the essential practical skills and industry qualifications to walk straight into a job.

News Associates graduate Anna Schaverien (New York Times) followed Sara Oldfield (Fabulous Magazine) to be named 2017 NCTJ Student Journalist of the Year at the annual NCTJ Awards for Excellence.

It is the third straight year that a News Associates graduate has won the prestigious title.

We’ll push you to develop the best journalism portfolio, achieve the best exam results and secure the best jobs, providing support throughout.

So if you want to study journalism in Manchester or London, our BA (Hons) Journalism degree is perfect for you.

To get a taste of what it would be like to study with The School of Journalism, you can attend a free workshop – which are held during school holidays – where you can meet the team.