Most are recent graduates from a UK university, although others may have graduated ten or twenty years earlier.
The average age in 2005/2007 was around 24-25 on the three and six month courses.
On average, 70% of our intake come from the UK, 15% from other EU countries and 7% from other English-speaking countries. The balance come from all over the world.
Teaching takes place at the School's premises in London, and consists of lecture sessions, small group tutorial sessions, and personal study and research assignments. Here is a fully detailed syllabus.
The lectures, given throughout the course, cover all aspects of the theory and practice of journalism. Each student is allocated to a small group and each group is allocated to a personal tutor, who works with the group to help each individual build a portfolio to use as a show-case to a prospective employer. Your assignments and portfolio work are graded throughout the course, and there are a series of exams in the final week.
Students are encouraged to enrol on the optional shorthand module.
Each course is different - and so is every student. The times below are an estimate, based on our views of past students. Lectures are not always on the same days each week and there will be days with just one lecture to attend. Some students will need more study time, and some may manage with less. There are also six individual tutorials and three group tutorials spread across each course.
|Three Month Course||Six lectures (two and a half hours each) plus 15/20 hours' research and writing per week|
|Six Month Course||Three lectures (two and a half hours each) plus 8/10 hours' research and writing per week|
The basic core material is the same for both courses - the printed course notes and text books are identical. The attendance course allows us to set times for outside visits and trips to local courts, which are timetabled within the groups' schedules. TV and Radio work, using equipment on the School's premises, cannot be included in the online course.
The online course is broken into four separate modules, each with an exam at its conclusion, whereas the attendance courses have all the exams in the last weeks of the term. Online students can take individual modules as and when they choose within a four year time-frame, which gives more flexibility than is available to attendance students, who must complete the course in its entirety once started.
The qualification is the same. Students graduating from either course receive the same diploma.
We do not think you should have a part-time job while taking the three month course. The six month course requires half the time commitment of the three month course and you could probably manage to do a job which requires no more than 20 hours' work a week.
The majority of our students fund this course from their own resources - some have been working full-time, some are supported by their bank manager, and others are supported by their parents, or are working part-time while doing a part-time or evening course.
The School does not provide any accommodation facilities - students are required to make their own arrangements.
On request we can send enquirers a fact sheet with information on places that students have found satisafctory in the past.
We can't 'get' you a job, but we can advise you and suggest where to apply and what kind of job is likely to be suitable. Your personal tutor will work with you to build a suitable portfolio, and you will receive the benefit of years of knowledge and professional contacts.
The school is constantly approached by organisations looking for newly trained job applicants - at any time, the jobs board may have a list of twenty or thirty companies looking for people like you.
The track record of our students in the jobs market is very good - and very often former students are able to help with openings within the organisations where they currently work.
No. All students are taught exactly the same, so they are charged exactly the same, regardless of nationality.