Training Bodies

Why be accredited by the BJTC?

Prospective journalism students have a great range of courses to choose from, and if you would like yours to be at the top of their list, then BJTC accreditation is becoming increasingly important.

We have worked hard to ensure our requirements match those of industry, and prospective students are aware of this. The Professional Journalism Skills Certificates awarded to graduates of BJTC accredited courses are valued by both employers and students alike, and represent a benchmark of best practice in broadcast training.

"What I’ve come to realise is that everything you learn at university comes into use once you are in the real world. Media law comes up almost every day, and I have to do lots of Freedom of Information requests. All the practical skills you learn, especially on newsdays, make it seem like you know what you are doing when you go into a newsroom. I used the mobile journalism skills I was taught to film flood damage and interview someone for the BBC, and I was grateful for the voice training I received when I was asked to do a voiceover during my first couple of weeks at this job."
Amber Mehmood
2019 Graduate of Huddersfield University and winner of the 2018 BJTC Steve Harris Award - now working at BBC Yorkshire

Choosing to partner with the BJTC offers many benefits

  • You can be assured your curriculum is in line with current industry requirements.
  • A listing on the BJTC website’s interactive map of industry recognised accredited institutions
  • Open and collegiate in its approach, the BJTC offers detailed guidance and advice, as well as examples of best-practice to inspire you.
  • We do not impose a single prescriptive syllabus, rather we challenge providers to construct an offering of their own that reflects core BJTC values.
  • The opportunity to represent academic colleagues on the BJTC board.
  • Regular conferences discussing the latest industry developments.
  • Opportunities to network and exchange ideas with colleagues and industry representatives.
  • Invitations to visit other universities on panel accreditation visits.
  • The opportunity for your students to enter the BJTC’s annual awards.
  • Eligibility for your students to apply for funding to help with placement costs through our Placement Assistance Scheme.
  • Invitation to join our private Facebook group for BJTC course leaders to discuss best practice
  • Graduating students are eligible to receive a Professional Journalism Skills Certificate, recognised by industry as demonstrating quality training in required core skills
  • Confidence that your course is providing the highest possible standards in professional journalism training in the UK.
"In recent times, I have watched the BJTC develop and grow into a highly effective, efficient and credible organisation. I have welcomed the new energy and commitment to high quality journalism education which the organisation has and I have seen, first-hand, the benefit to students that the BJTC brings through work placements, industry connections, and initiatives. I believe the continued success of the BJTC relies on its ability to bring together, in partnership, educators and industry representatives."
Gail Mellors
Course Leader of the BA (Hons) Broadcast Journalism degree at Nottingham Trent University, and BJTC board member.
The BJTC is one of the largest independent journalism accreditation body in the UK. We currently accredit more than 50 courses at over 40 different institutions. We willingly offer advice and guidance to any higher or further education institution seeking accreditation – from conception and planning to delivery. If you’d like to know more, please contact us by email and we can suggest the next step.