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Accredited political journalism diploma

Political journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Dave Griffiths
An interest in politics. Take our journalism challenge! 
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

Glenville Ashby: political journalism course

I joined the course to further my understanding of British governmental systems and strengthen my my editorial writing ability. The course fully met my expectations.

The support was great with an adviser only a click away.

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Nic Newman: political journalism course

The course surprised me in many ways. As I progressed through the course, it further developed my developed my expectations.

There was good support. I much appreciated the expert critical eye of my tutor.

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Morrick Galo: political journalism course

I didn’t expect to complete this course but I managed to do so. The tutoring was a very high level, you were kind and supportive.

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George al Masry: political journalism course

Thank you for the amazing course. Cleland was a very supportive tutor, and the content was of a superior quality. I learned how to be a multiskilled journalist in the modern media. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend.

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Teiba Mamu: political journalism course

Did the course meet my expectations? Absolutely yes! The content was professional and enabled me, as a journalism student, to fully understand the concepts of journalism, as well as give me confidence to work as a journalist.

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Elliot Dawea: political journalism course

I highly recommend the CMP journalism distance learning course. It is ideal for aspiring political journalists. It met my expectations, and completing the course paved the way to my becoming a professional political journalist.

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Andrew Wilkinson: political journalism course

I have recommended CMP to friends and will be enrolling on another course shortly! The course content was excellent, very thorough. There were also excellent weblinks and free guides. The course content could not be improved.

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Course overview

Political journalism courseOur online political journalism course equips you with the skills you need to build a successful career as a freelancer or staff writer in this exciting specialism, even if you are a complete beginner.

Politics is local, national and global. This means there are plenty of opportunities for trained journalists to get their work published, and to be paid for their efforts.

Print and online publications have a constant need for interesting, informative and professionally-written content on the latest political developments.

Our political journalism course teaches you how to identify these markets and develop saleable ideas for articles.

Through our course, successful graduate, George al Masry, learned how to be a "multi-skilled journalist in the modern media". See his review

We also teach you essential terminology and jargon, so you feel confident approaching politicians, expert sources and political editors.

Another successful graduate, Morrick Galo, learned much about political journalism and appreciated the high level of support we offer. He was happy to recommend our course to a friend. See his review

In addition, you will learn key journalism skills, including record-keeping, interpreting reports and covering press conferences.

Our comprehensive online political journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for a range of political publications
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write articles and features on politics for digital and print publications
  • apply media law and ethics to the world of political journalism
  • sell your work and get paid

When you graduate, you will receive the respected CMP Charter Mark as well as an accredited diploma.

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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 they have completed as part of the course.

This political journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in political journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified political journalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for political journalism jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.


This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a political journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to political journalism
  • Examine what the political journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse political magazines, and the political pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit political articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain political journalism data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your political skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for political articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your political stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
  • Understand how the key political institutions are structured and administered
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your political stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview political contacts, and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from MEPs to parish councillors, and party activists to MPs and members of the House of Lords
  • Prepare to interview political VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write political articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your political articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your political articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your political journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of political features: analysis, commentaries, sketches, backgrounders, and profiles, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use political press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret political and scientific documents and data and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, conferences, protests and other political events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your political copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting political journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the political media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a political journalist

Open any local or national newspaper and there is a good chance it will be filled with news, articles and features that focus on the world of politics.

Our political journalism course teaches you the skills you need to get started and to succeed in this competitive and rewarding career.

From new laws and regulations to international policy developments, politics is a key part of all our lives, especially with issues such as the UK's membership of the EU dominating the headlines.

As a political journalist, it is your job to stay abreast of what is happening and write about these events in a readable and relatable way.

To succeed as a political journalist, you need to have an inquisitive mind and an ability to uncover the truth behind all the ‘spin’.

You also need the confidence to ask political leaders the difficult questions that those who elected them want answered.

As a political journalist, you could be:

  • reporting on a town hall or local council meeting and telling the community how the decisions made will affect their daily lives
  • following candidates around the country during an exciting election campaign
  • interviewing senior politicians and profiling them for a national newspaper
  • scrutinising important reports and legislation to find the real news story buried inside all the legalese

Another successful course graduate, Elliot Dawea, landed a job as editor of the Solomon Islands’ prestigious weekly, The Sunday Star. See our news feed 

If you would like to cast your vote for an exciting career in this specialism, our comprehensive online political journalism course can equip you with the skills you need for success.

Course tutor: Dave Griffiths

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

PA |Manchester Evening News |Observer |Orange

Dave is a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 26 years' experience.

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

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from writing.

And don't take our word for it: 

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We'll connect you with the right people

Political journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

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, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

What you need to study political journalism

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account
  • a camera and a video recorder. Smartphones or tablets are acceptable

Course reviews

I didn’t expect to complete this course, but I managed to do so, thanks to all your help and support. The tutoring was a very high level, you were kind and supportive. Morrick Galo

I learnt a lot on the course, particularly the relevant nuts and bolts of becoming professional in reporting politics in today’s media world. Elliot Dawea

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