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Accredited food journalism diploma

Food 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.
Justine Holman
An interest in food. Take our Food journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards certificate of achievement | CMP diploma
Awarding body:
ABC awards

Course review

Ruth Nieman: food journalism

The course content was of a very high standard. I learned how to write about food in a professional and correct way and to have the confidence to ask for work I thoroughly enjoyed the course.

Ruth Nieman: food journalism

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Georgina Ingham: food journalism course

I would definitely recommend the course to a friend. It was 100 per cent worth the money. The course met my expectations. The tutorial support was fabulous and very supportive. The course content was relevant, and and very informative.

Georgina Ingham: food journalism course

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Renatka Behan: food journalism course

I have just reached the end of my course in food journalism and I have since gone on to receive blog award nominations. Anyone who is looking to develop a hobby or find a new direction should consider a course with CMP.

Renatka Behan: food journalism course

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Course overview

Food journalism course student tasting some cakeOur food journalism course prepares you for a successful career as a staff writer, freelancer or blogger.

If you enjoy experimenting with new ingredients, trying different cuisines and uncovering the very best places to eat, becoming a professional food journalist is a great way to indulge your passion. And you can get paid for it!

As well as helping many individuals become successful food journalists, this course is also used to train staff from some well respected organisations, including Farmers weekly magazine, William Reed Business, Poultry world magazine and RBI. See our other clients

Food writing covers a range of areas, including:

  • restaurant reviews
  • food-inspired history and travelogues
  • testing and creating recipes
  • ingredients, cuisines and wine
  • industry news and trends

Our online food journalism course will help you find suitable markets in all these areas, and train you to write the content they want to publish.

We have an excellent track record in helping our food journalism learners find work and set up as successful freelancers. See some examples below.

We will also equip you with key journalism skills, including finding sources, record-keeping and covering product launches.

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

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

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in Food journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified food journalist.

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ABC awards logo

At 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 food journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

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

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


It's important to study online with a provider you can trust. You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running our online courses since 2003. 

We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providerswhich is run by the Department for Education. 

We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangments with other countries, meaning you can study this course from anywhere in the world. We have students in more than 100 countries.

Price and payment

The price of our food journalism course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16. 

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Duration and hours

The duration of this course is approximately 60-80 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you. We offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits.

This means you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

On average, people take around three months to complete it, but it does not matter if you take longer. The course has no expiry date.

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

Student discount card

Our food journalism course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.

You can get 10% off at the Co-op, 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at Superdrug, 10% off at New Look, and 20% off at WH Smith. Plus many more. 



Course tutor: Justine HolmanJustine Holman

Features journalist | editor

Elle |Chat |TV Times |The Express

We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.

All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.

Our food journalism course tutor is Justine Holman. She has written for many large publications, including: Elle, The Express, Chat, Women's Weekly, TV Times and Just 17, and has vast experience in the food journalism industry. 

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Course subjects

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

Lesson 01: Introduction to food journalism
  • Examine what the food journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse food magazines, and the food 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 food articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with food journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain food 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 food skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for food articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your food stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your food 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 your contacts in person, online and by phone: everyone from chefs to restaurant owners, and manufacturers to reviewers
  • Prepare to interview VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write food articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your food articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your food articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your food journalism activities, especially privacy, harassment and the use of photos
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of food features: reviews, recipes, guides, backgrounders, lists and profiles.
Lesson 12: Press releases and handouts
  • Use food press releases to produce original articles
Lesson 13: Events, receptions and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, product launches, receptions, open days and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your food copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting food journalists

Lesson 15: Selling your work

  • Pitch your articles to the food media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Course delivery

Online courses are different. But most people find they are more effective and convenient than face-to-face study.

You study when, and where you want to.

You will have access to our Online Learning Area where you can access course material, submit assignments, and use our extensive library of resources. You can also connect with other students if you want to.

We provide you with a personal course tutor who will mentor you through the course, so you will not be studying on your own. You can contact your tutor as often as you need to.

We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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What will I need to study this course?

In order to study our food journalism course, you'll need the following:

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

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Where you could fit in as a food journalist

Whether you’re a lifelong foodie, a first-rate home cook, or a catering professional looking to escape the kitchen, food journalism offers the opportunity to share your expertise and passion with the world.

Our food journalism course will teach you the skills you need to enter this exciting but highly competitive field.

To succeed, you need a good knowledge of your subject, coupled with excellent journalism skills and a genuine love of food and drink.

Successful graduate and food blogger, Georgina Ingham, found our course boosted her existing knowledge and showed her how to pursue a successful freelance career in food journalism. See her review 

As a food journalist, you could be:

  • dining out for free as the restaurant reviewer for your local newspaper
  • writing all about the latest trends in food and drink for a national publication
  • traveling far afield to explore and write about exciting cuisines
  • creating new recipes and sharing them with followers of your food blog

Since successfully completing our food journalism course, Renatka Behan, has become one of the UK’s leading food bloggers.

Her work has also been featured in Woman and Home. She found our course helped her pitch for work and gave her the confidence she needed to pursue a career as a professional food journalist. See our news feed

If you’re hungry for success, our comprehensive online food journalism course can help you on your way to a satisfying career.

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CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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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

Food 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.


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.

We go the extra mile

We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.

We provide:

  • personal careers advice
  • help with your CV
  • help looking for work
  • a reference when applying for jobs

What happens when I enrol?

Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have paid your fee, we will be in touch very quickly via email, usually within 15-20 minutes, during office hours. We will send your introductory materials so you can get started. 

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

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Course reviews 

I would definitely recommend the course to a friend. It was 100 per cent worth the money. The tutorial support was fabulous and very supportive. The course content was relevant, and and very informative. Georgina Ingham

I have just reached the end of my course in food journalism and I have since gone on to receive blog award nominations. Anyone who is looking to develop a hobby or find a new direction should consider a course with CMP. Renatka Behan

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