Financial journalism level 3 diploma
An effective journalism course for individuals and businesses
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Our 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.
What will I learn?
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.
You will benefit from unlimited tutor support from Dave Griffiths, who is a professional freelance journalist, writer, sub editor and proofreader. He will help you every step of the way.
He will also give you personal feedback on every assignment, answer your questions and provide expert careers guidance, so you get the very best out of the course.
When you graduate, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in financial journalism. It proves you are a qualified financial journalist. ABC Awards is regulated by Ofqual.
Our financial journalism course has been independently endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. So, when you finish, you will receive the ABC Awards level 3 diploma in financial journalism, and a learner unit summary. This lists the subjects you have studied.
The ABC diploma guarantees that you have been assessed at level 3 standards, and are competent to practise. ABC Awards is a leading national awarding body, and is regulated by Ofqual.
In addition, you will receive the fully accredited CMP diploma in financial journalism, which is recognised in the UK and beyond. It proves you are a qualified financial journalist.
These awards will equip you to apply for financial journalism jobs, learn new skills to use at work or find freelance work.
Financial journalism course tutor: Dave Griffiths
Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader
As a financial journalism course learner, you will work 1-2-1 with Dave Griffiths, who is a journalist, writer, subeditor, and proofreader with 27 years’ experience.
He has worked for Press Association’s website Ananova, the Manchester Evening News, Orange’s wapsite, and various weekly papers in Cheshire, Lancashire and London.
He will mark your work, answer your questions and give you friendly help and advice.
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Financial journalism course subjects
This vocational course covers every aspect of financial journalism. Each lesson includes a practical assignment, based on real-world financial journalism.
Every assignment is personally marked and graded by your tutor, so you’ll receive expert feedback on your progress.
Who is this course for?
Our financial journalism course is suitable for over-16s of all abilities.
We regularly work with:
- Beginners who want to become professional finance writers.
- People who need to write engaging and original content at work.
- Small businesses and freelancers who want to attract more clients.
- Experienced writers and journalists who want to retrain, or upgrade their skills.
- People looking to start their own freelance financial writing businesses.
- Finance writers who want recognised qualifications.
We have an excellent reputation working with disabled learners, and people who are housebound or terminally ill.
Access to our resources library
You will have free and unlimited access to our extensive resources library. It contains downloadable podcasts, videos, ebooks and tips files to help your career.
This is in addition to your comprehensive course materials and tutor support.
You can study this online course wherever you live. We have students in more than 100 countries. And you can trust us, as we are accredited by two international accrediting bodies:
Both organisations promote excellence in worldwide online study, so international students can verify our quality before they enrol.
Accreditation and quality
We comply with the very highest external standards. We are:
Each organisation has its own standards, code of practice and complaints procedure, so you can enrol with complete confidence.
CMP Charter Mark
The Charter Mark is our benchmark of educational quality. We award it to graduates who have also demonstrated they can work professionally in the online environment.
The Charter Mark gives employers the confidence that candidates applying for jobs or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment. And it gives learners credibility in the competitive world of journalism.