How is the course delivered? The freelance journalism course is provided completely online. You will be emailed 12 modules of course work, which covers the fundamentals of becoming a freelance journalist. You complete this online journalism course at home, at your own pace.
How long does the course take?Your online journalism course can be delivered to you over either 12 or 24 weeks. The course is designed to be self-paced, meaning there are no set deadlines for your work. Whilst it is recommended that you submit work on a regular basis and get into the habit of keeping deadlines, you have up a year to submit your work.
Do I have to have a background in journalism? No, this online journalism course is specifically structured for students with no experience in the field of journalism. In fact the College, along with most editors and publishers, welcome beginning writers. The world is constantly in need of new material and new talent.
What type of qualification will I obtain? At the successful completion of the course, you will receive your Diploma of Professional Freelance Journalism from the British College of Journalism. This provides recognition of the skills you have gained in the field of freelance writing. You diploma will be posted to your address provided at the time of graduation.
How long are the assignments? There are a variety of assignments to submit to the College. Some are shorter than others but each requires the development of ideas and/or research into topics. The College advises to allow a minimum of four hours per assignment and as with everything in life, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it.
How do I communicate with my tutor? Contact with your tutor occurs via email. We encourage all of our students to direct questions to the College, which will then be forwarded onto your tutor. Any administration questions will be addressed by College staff.
How do I enrol? Enroling is easy! Follow this link to our sign-up page. If you are experiencing any difficulties, let us know via our contact us page, and we will be happy to assist.
Is the College accredited? The College is approved with the International Approval and Registration Centre (IARC). IARC works with participating institutions across the world including the United Kingdom, United States, Europe, Asia and Australasia. This approval brings recognition of the College having met criteria in the areas of administration, course content, course delivery and student assessment.
I have written for a number of well-known international newspapers and magazines including BBC Wildlife, National Geographic Kids and National Wildlife Federation magazine... The satisfaction you get when seeing your article in a magazine is priceless!
I already have three streams of income from writing and I’m making more money than ever before. I now earn a living from my laptop, writing online blogs . . . The demand for content is endless. You don’t need to be an exceptional writer, just a good one, who is able to deliver what is asked of you to a deadline.
Since gaining my qualification, I’ve gone onto Broadcast Journalism and now have a regular slot working with a London based radio station, as well being published in national magazines and online material to boot.
I’ve always enjoyed writing, but never seriously thought I’d be able to make money from it. After reading all about the course I decided to give it a go, and I’m very glad that I did so. At the time of writing I’m currently undertaking my fourth paid commission.
Since completing the course, I have published almost 100 features on a wide range of destinations (mostly in Asia and Europe) and topics (food, arts and culture, adventure, nightlife) and have worked on a handful of travel guides including AFAR and the Luxe Guides.
Find out how to set yourself up as a freelance journalist and pitch to editors
Learn everything you need to know at your own pace from your own home
Complete practical assignments and build your journalism portfolio
Flexible course format allows your to study around work and family commitments