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Accredited media law refresher diploma

Media law refresher level 3 diploma

Course summary

£394.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £131.50. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Cleland Thom
Prior knowledge of media law
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Andy Carter: media law refresher course

An excellent course from CMP. A must if you're in public or private sector PR / comms. It will help you avoid all of the pitfalls.

Andy Carter: media law refresher course

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Course overview

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Our media law refresher course brings you up to speed with all the key legal developments that journalists, bloggers and other communications professionals need to know about.

Using straightforward language and lots of practical examples, we take you through all the essentials, with full tutor support and feedback.

Our online media law refresher course is open to anyone looking to update their legal knowledge. However, it could be particularly suitable for:

  • journalists and other media professionals who completed their initial training some time ago
  • career changers and those recently promoted in to a role where an understanding of current media law is important
  • media students and recent graduates looking to top up their media law training
  • freelancers and bloggers who want to ensure they are working within the law

Former student, Andy Carter, believes our course is ‘a must’ for journalists and other communications professionals. See his review

Our comprehensive media law refresher course will ensure you have up-to-date knowledge of issues such as:

  • libel under the Defamation Act 2013
  • how to comply with copyright and privacy laws
  • the relevant codes of practice relating to the media
  • working with social media and the internet
  • specific requirements of covering court cases and crime

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ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects you have completed as part of the course.

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma, which is recognised throughout many different industries, and will enable you to apply for jobs, or gain regular freelance work.


This course covers everything you need to know to stay legal online

Lesson 01: Introduction
  • List recent changes in the law and the regulatory codes
Lesson 02: Libel
  • Explain how the Defamation Act 2013 affects online content
  • Ensure online content is legally safe
Lesson 03: Contempt of court
  • Define the ways a journalist and the media can be in contempt of court
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 04: Sexual offences and FGM
  • List the restrictions that apply to alleged victims of sexual offences and female genital mutilation
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 05: Children and crime
  • List the restrictions that apply to under-18s involved in crime
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 06: Copyright
  • Explain how copyright laws affect what the media publish
  • Ensure online content is legally compliant
Lesson 07: Confidence
  • Explain how the law of confidence affects what the media publish
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 08: Privacy
  • Explain how the law and media regulatory codes affect what the media publish
  • Ensure copy and photos are legally compliant
Lesson 9: Ipso and Ofcom codes
  • Explain how the media regulatory codes affect journalists' conduct, and what the media publish
  • Ensure behaviour, copy and photos are compliant
  • Operate the public interest defence effectively
Lesson 10: Covering courts
  • Explain how the law affects journalists' ability to attend court cases
  • List the reporting restrictions that affect copy and photos 
  • Ensure behaviour, copy and photos are compliant
Lesson 11: Media and the police
  • List the laws that the police can use to restrict the activities of journalists and photographers
  • Explain the rights and protections that journalists and photographers have in certain situations, and how they can be applied in practice

Where you could benefit from media law training

The law regulating the media is constantly evolving.

As such, it is vital that anyone involved in writing, editing or publishing content understands the rules and how to apply them.

Whether you work online or in print, our media law refresher course takes you through everything you need to know.

We help you avoid the many legal pitfalls that could prove costly and damaging to you and your organisation.

Our online media law refresher course will help you navigate a range of potential legal issues, including:

  • whether the publication of certain material could leave you open to a defamation claim
  • the circumstances in which you may be subject to allegations of copyright infringement
  • the specific considerations of reporting on each stage of a criminal investigation and trial
  • being unaware of a recent change to the law or codes of practice regulating the media

We also cover the specifics of publishing material via social media, an area which can be fraught with problems for the unwary.

Remember, the penalties for breaking the rules can be severe - and ignorance of the law is no excuse!

Our comprehensive media law refresher course will ensure your legal knowledge is fully up-to-date, so you don’t get caught out.

Course tutor: Cleland ThomCleland Thom

Group editor | lecturer | blogger | legal advisor | mentor

Independent |BBC |M.E.N. Media |Archant |Newsquest | Trinity Mirror 

Cleland is recognised as one of the leading trainers and consultants in media law.

He has delivered in-house courses for every UK media group, and is the Press Gazette's legal blogger

He is author of several books, including Internet law for journalists, and gives legal advice to a number of media groups and corporations.

He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.

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Course delivery

You will have access to our Online Learning Area, where you can:

  • download course materials
  • submit assignments
  • use our college libraries and resources
  • chat to other students
  • keep up-to-date with college news

Our turn-around time for marking work is three working days. We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, as well as spot legal problems and solve them safely.

What you need to study media law

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account

Course reviews

Andy Carter: media law refresher courseAn excellent course from CMP. A must if you're in public or private sector PR / comms. It will help you avoid all of the pitfalls. Andy Carter

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