Top performing NCTJ-accredited courses recognised at Journalism Skills Conference

Heads of journalism from the five top performing NCTJ accredited courses for 2012-13 were presented with awards following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at the Print Room in Bournemouth on 27 November.

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

Introducing the awards, NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher said: “All our accredited course providers should be congratulated on achieving the high standards the industry expects.

“It is no mean feat to achieve accreditation and to make the public commitment to providing all the NCTJ requires. We know how demanding and exacting that standard is and the public scrutiny it involves for the courses we accredit.”

Nottingham Trent University lead the way, winning both the best performing undergraduate course and the best performing postgraduate course.

Their BA honours in print journalism topped the undergraduate table with 50 per cent of students achieving the gold standard qualification, while 80 per cent of their MA magazine journalism students were awarded the gold standard.

Lambeth College topped the table for the accredited fast-track courses at further education colleges with 42 per cent of their magazine journalism students meeting the industry standard.

The best performing FE academic year course was City of Wolverhampton College with 71 per cent of students in 2012-13 achieving the gold standard, making it a hat-trick for course leader Sue Green.

The final award, for best performing commercial fast-track course, went to News Associates’ Manchester-based multimedia journalism course with 88 per cent of students meeting the gold standard. This result also meant that it was the best performing course overall.

Detailed exam results for all NCTJ-accredited courses will be published on the NCTJ website in December.