A brand-new fast-track journalism course accredited by the leading national body for journalism training is set to arrive at Sutton College this month.

The course, based at the adult education college’s campus in Wallington, will run for 18 weeks from the end of January.

The cost of the course will be the lowest in London and is eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, meaning the fee can be covered by a long-term loan or added to an existing student loan.

The diploma will be run by the college’s head of journalism, Roy Lee, and will be taught by Victoria Scott, who has more than 18 years' experience as a journalist.

Prior to launch, Sutton Guardian spoke to Victoria about her career and her passion for teaching the industry's future.

Victoria started her career as a newsreader for Reuters before having a successful 9-year career at the BBC.

Moving over to Qatar, Victoria's journalism career soared as a freelancer, writing for Time Out and The Telegraph, reporting on expat life.

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The course will be run from Sutton College's Wallington centre

Her experience took her to news platform, Doha News, in which she became editor.

Victoria moved back to London in 2015, and has been freelancing and media training ever-since.

Victoria said: “I have done a huge spectrum of different things and have seen how journalism has changed over time.

“Journalism needs to be multi-skilled; journalists need to be able to work quickly across a variety of platforms.

“The course aims to teach students relevant journalism skills, so when they leave, they will hit the ground running."

“It is an amazing opportunity to be able to pass my skills on and guide new starters in journalism.

"Journalism is a tricky path to get into."

Two free places on the course were still available at the time of publishing.

Course fees of £3,950 will be paid for by a bursary from the Journalism Diversity Fund.

To apply, email Roy Lee at roylee@suttoncollege.ac.uk and send a 350-word statement of interest by 5 pm on Friday, 17 January.

A second cohort will start in September 2020.

For more information on how to apply for bursaries visit https://www.nctj.com/latestnews/how-to-apply-for-sutton-college-bursaries