Top performing NCTJ-accredited courses receive awards at the Journalism Skills Conference

The five top performing NCTJ accredited courses 2010-11 were presented with awards following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at Belfast City Hall on 30 November.

Journalism courses in five different areas were presented with awards for the highest percentage of students achieving C grade passes or better in all the NCTJ core exams plus 100 wpm shorthand.

Prior to presenting the awards, NCTJ chief executive Joanner Butcher said: “All our accredited course providers should be congratulated on achieving the high standards the industry looks for.

“At a time when resources are under pressure it is a challenge to maintain standards. NCTJ qualifications remain one of this country’s toughest tests of professional skills. They require huge amounts of skill, ability, persistence and determination – the very qualities editors want in their newsroom trainees.”

Top of the postgraduate results table was the MA in Newspaper Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, with 60 per cent of students achieving C grades and above with 100wpm shorthand.

The University of Kent topped the undergraduate table with 53 per cent of students that completed the BA in Journalism and the News Industry achieving the gold standard qualification.

The best performing commercial fast-track course was Press Association Training’s Newcastle-based Multimedia Journalism course with 92 per cent of students meeting the industry standard. This result also meant that Press Association Newcastle was the best performing course overall.

Highbury College topped the table for the accredited fast-track courses at FE colleges with 31 per cent of students meeting the industry standard.

The final award went to City of Wolverhampton College for the best performing accredited academic year FE course, with 46 per cent of students in 2010-11 achieving the gold standard.

Detailed exam results for all 68 NCTJ-accredited courses will be published on the NCTJ website later this month.