Lambeth College is proud to have produced world class journalists working across regional, national and broadcast press, magazines and online.
Former student and current editor of the Press Gazette, Dominic Ponsford, says: “I'm very grateful to Lambeth College for giving me my start in journalism. The speed of the course, 18 weeks, and the reasonableness of the fees meant it was the only way I could afford to get the NCTJ qualification which was, and is, the essential prerequisite to getting a job as a journalist in newspapers.”
You will be taught by journalists, with many years of experience in the local and national press and magazines, with visits from industry figures. Previous speakers include News International’s editorial development director Graham Dudman, Sunday Telegraph chief foreign correspondent Colin Freeman, Piers Morgan, police officers and other local and national print and broadcast journalists.
Lambeth College's Journalism Department were recently announced as Best Fast-track FE Course in the UK at this year's NCTJ Skills Conference. Sheer hard work and those extra hours of shorthand have finally paid off.
Journalism tutor Roz McKenzie is presented with the award by ITV journalist and tv presenter Mark Austin at the NCTJ Awards Ceremony in November.
Former Journalism student, Patrick Kingsley has won New Journalist of the Year Award. He is currently The Guardian's Egypt Correspondent and lives in Cairo.
This course has a strong record in helping students complete a portfolio of work. We expect you to produce stories and features on a weekly basis, as well as carry out work placements on your chosen publications. The course is well known and respected in London, which will help you to secure work experience.
Southwark News editor, Anthony Phillips, says: “At Southwark News we have work experience journalists in a lot, and those from Lambeth tend to be the most focused, and well briefed in what is expected from them. It always helps to have a work experience journalist in who can operate well in the job, producing good copy, quickly, accurately, and with a good attitude. From my experience the journalists who seem this prepared tend to come from Lambeth. I have assumed this is because of its career-focused no-nonsense approach.”
To achieve the NCTJ qualification, students must pass all individual modules in reporting, sub-editing, law, public affairs, portfolio and shorthand. Students seeking the magazine diploma take a special course in the business of magazines to give them the practical knowledge they need to thrive in this growing, rapidly-changing environment.
Editors usually require you to pass all the modules with a C (50 per cent) or above and gain 100 wpm shorthand. These are also the minimum requirements to be entered for the NCE.
For entrance onto the fast-track courses, based in our Clapham Centre, we ask that you have a degree and score 60 per cent or higher in the NCTJ pre-test. Other centres may offer a lower entrance level. Our Journalism department is accredited by the NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists). All students take NCTJ exams and if successful receive the NCTJ Diploma.
For entrance onto the year-long multi-media course we ask that you have two A-levels or equivalent, grade B or above in GCSE English and grade C or above in GCSE Maths. You will also need to pass the NCTJ pre-test.
All of Lambeth College's Journalism courses are accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).