Up To Speed – NCTJ Courses For Journalists and Photographers

At Up To Speed we have been running journalism courses since 2006 and our courses have been accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists since 2007.

We are based in the Bournemouth Daily Echo building where we have our own news room.

Up To Speed journalists have gone on to work in every area of the profession from newspapers to magazines and from broadcasting to online news.

We hope you find a course that suits you. Call us free from a landline to discuss or click to apply.

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Most of our students are recent graduates, but we welcome applications from people with three good A Levels, or an equivalent qualification.

School leavers, who have taken the course in recent years are now working in the following jobs:

  • newspaper reporter
  • fashion writer
  • magazine journalist
  • Public Relations executive
  • Parliamentary researcher

Gap Year students have  earned the NCTJ qualification with us before going on to study at Bristol, Durham, Exeter, Lancaster, Manchester, Kingston, the London School of Economics, King’s College London and the University of Nottingham.

Career-Changers have left behind jobs in IT, care work, diving, the Royal Navy, the Police, banking and tourism and are now working as newspaper reporters, press officers, sports journalists, science correspondents, photographers and television researchers.