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Accredited financial journalism diploma

Financial 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 finance. 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

Shehnaz Jaffar: financial journalism course

This course has broadened my horizons. It gave me the confidence in my writing, thanks to the great tutoring offered by Cleland. I feel I have learnt all the skills needed for pursuing my career in financial journalism.

Shehnaz Jaffar: financial journalism course

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Course overview

Calculator and EurosOur financial journalism course trains you to write about banking and finance for a range of print and multimedia publications.

The demand for topical and insightful content on national and international finance topics has never been higher.

This means that with the right skills and training you could find success as a staff writer or freelancer for:

  • magazines that feature in-depth banking and finance articles, such as The Economist
  • newspapers and supplements, such as the Financial Times or Wall Street Journal
  • websites and blogs, such as The Motley Fool
  • business to business magazines and websites

There are also opportunities to write for the many investment and consumer finance newsletters and publications.

Our online financial journalism course will show you how to find these markets and produce the type of material they require.

You will learn essential concepts and jargon, so you can approach finance experts and editors with confidence.

You will also develop key journalism skills, including thorough record-keeping and data protection compliance, covering press conferences and finding reputable sources.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Lesson 01: Introduction to financial journalism
  • Examine what the financial journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse financial magazines, and the financial 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 financial articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with financial journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain financial 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 financial and commercial skills, knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for financial articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your financial stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your financial 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 financial contacts in person, online and by phone: everyone from directors to trade union officials, and market traders to CEOs 
  • Prepare to interview financial VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write financial articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your financial articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your financial articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your financial journalism activities
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of financial features: analysis, backgrounders, profiles, how-tos, and human interest, and adapt your content to fit different magazine formulas
Lesson 12: Press releases, reports and handouts
  • Use financial press releases to produce original articles
  • Analyse and interpret financial documents and use them to generate article ideas
Lesson 13: Events, meetings and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover briefings, AGMs, shareholder meetings, open days and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your financial copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting financial journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the financial media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Where you could fit in as a financial journalist

Since the global recession, banking and finance have become topics of great interest and importance to everyone.

Our financial journalism course offers you the opportunity to become part of this world, even if you don’t have a background in banking, finance or economics.

To succeed as a financial journalist, you need excellent writing and reporting skills.

You also need the ability to interpret figures and explain ‘dry’ financial concepts in an informative, readable and relatable way.

It’s not enough to understand financial jargon yourself. You need to ensure your readers will too.

Successful graduate, Shehnaz Jaffar, learnt the skills she needed for a career in financial journalism. She also found our financial journalism course offered the chance to develop practical skills that built on her theoretical knowledge. See her review

As a financial journalist, you could be:

  • reporting on the latest financial news from such key markets as London, New York and Tokyo
  • researching and writing in-depth features on the banking industry
  • interviewing key figures from the world of finance
  • explaining how events happening in the City or on Wall Street affect businesses and consumers in your community

If you would like to write about the world of international banking and high finance, our comprehensive financial journalism course provides the ideal training.

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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Course tutor: Dave Griffiths

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

PA |Manchester Evening News |Orange

Dave is a freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader with 27 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

Financial 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.

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 financial 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

This course has broadened my horizons. It gave me the confidence in my writing, thanks to the great tutoring. I feel I have learnt all the skills needed for pursuing my career in financial journalism. Shehnaz Jaffar

​I loved the course! I think it is systematic, well organised, provides a good working knowledge to novices like myself. Fredy Aga

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