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

The six top performing NCTJ accredited courses 2009/10 were presented with awards following the gala dinner at the Journalism Skills Conference held at Cardiff Castle on 2 December.

Newspaper 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.

Before the awards were presented, Joanne Butcher, NCTJ chief executive, commended all the accredited course providers for their hard work, saying, “All our accredited course providers should be congratulated on achieving the high standards the industry looks for.  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.”

Top of the postgraduate results table was the MA in Newspaper Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, with 63 per cent of students achieving the gold standard.

It was a double celebration for Nottingham Trent University, who also topped the undergraduate table with 56 per cent of students meeting the industry standard.

The best performing commercial fast-track course was News Associates' London-based newspaper journalism course with 71 per cent of students achieving the gold standard qualification. This result also meant that News Associates in London was the best performing course overall.

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

The Sheffield College, Norton College was the best performing accredited academic year FE course with 29 per cent of students in 2009/10 achieving the gold standard.

The final award was for the top performing NCTJ magazine course. Harlow College was the best performer out of the five magazine courses accredited by the NCTJ.

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