Journalism Apprenticeship Advanced


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Number of Positions:
Contract Type:
£22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)
Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, London and Salford
Closing Date:
Job Category:
Training, Trainees & Apprentices
BBC Region / Division:
Human Resources
BBC Business Unit:
HR - L&D incl New Talent

Package Description

The headlines

First class training for people already demonstrating their journalistic potential and looking to develop advanced journalism skills.

You’ll study and learn on the job while working towards a Level 7 Apprenticeship and the industry recognised NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ).

Start date: September 2022

Duration: 2 years

Salary: £22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729 for London based roles)

Apprenticeships available: 15

Location(s): London, Salford, Birmingham, Leeds and Cardiff

Leading to: a role as a Journalist 

Job Introduction

What you’ll get

During your apprenticeship

  • A starting salary of £22,442 (+ London Living Allowance of £4,729)
  • A flexible 35-hour working week, 25 days of annual leave days and a defined pension scheme. Plus discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.
  • A dedicated Team Manager and Scheme Specialist to help with your development
  • Professional teaching and mentoring by industry professionals
  • Access to our in-house Academy, which hosts a range of internal and external courses.

At the end of your apprenticeship

  • A recognised Level 7 Journalism Apprenticeship
  • NCTJ National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ)
  • A Journalist role at the BBC

Main Responsibilities

What you’ll be doing

Gain hands-on experience, creating quality content for BBC TV, radio, online and digital platforms.

Develop your journalistic skills, researching, writing and broadcasting news stories and features across topics including current affairs, business, politics, sport and culture.

Learn from and work with experts in the field from the biggest broadcasting organisation in the world.

And you’ll study for your industry recognised National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) and a level 7 apprenticeship.

Take a look at the job description for more details about the role.


  • The Journalism Apprenticeship Scheme Advanced follows the Senior Journalist Apprenticeship Standard (curriculum) and combines academic training with practical on the job experience. Apprentices from all BBC bases will follow the same curriculum.
  • Apprentices work toward the industry recognised National Qualification in Journalism (NQJ) - Level 6.
  • Areas of study include: finding, researching and telling stories; understanding your audience; social media and user generated content; law, regulation and ethics.
  • Mandatory assessments in the NQJ are:

                                    Media Law

This exam has four compulsory questions – two media law, one multimedia law and one ethics based question covering key subjects such as defamation, contempt, copyright and privacy.

E-logbook of Evidence

10 tasks covering areas such as handling data, use of social media and analytics, visual journalism and political stories.

                   Practical skills-based exam(s)

Based upon the pathway you have chosen.

To complete the apprenticeship there is also an End Point Assessment (EPA), which begins once you have completed your NQJ. The EPA has two elements: firstly a journalism project and presentation and secondly a professional discussion based on a portfolio of evidence.

Are you the right candidate?

Who we’re looking for

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must:

  • Be aged 18 or over when the scheme starts in September 2022
  • Have Maths and English GCSEs at 9-4/A-C or National 5s (Scotland) at A-C or equivalent.
  • Be legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Have been resident in either the UK or EEA (European Economic Area) since 19th September 2019

You’ll need to demonstrate you:

  • Are open and curious about people
  • Have a passion to understand the world and get to the facts
  • Have original and creative ideas for ways to reach new audiences
  • Regularly read, watch and listen to news across all platforms
  • Are motivated and self-starting
  • Are flexible, adaptable and resilient

Don’t worry if you don’t have an extensive CV. We’re looking for people at the start of their career, who can demonstrate their journalism and storytelling skills in a variety of ways. You might be writing articles for a local or student newspaper or website, working at a radio station with news content, blogging, vlogging or creating social media content. You might also have a Journalism Diploma or other Journalism qualification such as the Junior Journalist Apprenticeship.


We’ll be reviewing applications and if you’re successful, we’ll be in touch with the next steps. Assessments and interviews will take place over zoom in late April and early May.

Due to the volume of applications it is a long process, and you may not hear about the final outcome of your application until June.    

About the BBC

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here

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