The best performing NCTJ-accredited courses are being celebrated as the NCTJ announces the course performance awards for 2020-21.
The awards, presented annually, are based on students’ achievements in the Diploma in Journalism.
The sports media diploma course at News Associates London is named the best performing course overall, with 76 per cent of students achieving the gold standard diploma.
News Associates London has also come out on top for having the best performing independent fast-track course, with an impressive 70 per cent gold standard rate from the 87 students on course.
Celebrations are also in order for Glasgow Clyde College for its fast-track offering, which has been named the top performing further education course.
The top higher education courses in 2020-21 were at the University of Central Lancashire, for its BA Journalism course, and Cardiff University, for its MA News Journalism course.
In order to be eligible for the awards, a minimum of five students must have completed the course.
Emma Robinson, accreditation manager at the NCTJ, said: “Congratulations to those centres that have been named as delivering top-performing courses in the 2020-21 academic year.
“Tutors on our accredited courses have again shown determination, adaptability and teamwork as they have continued to navigate the changes and challenges to teaching from home, in centre and through hybrid models.
“Yet again we have seen real dedication from tutors to ensure their students experience unrivalled expertise and training, no matter how the training is delivered.
“Alongside this training, tutors have gone above and beyond to provide pastoral support to students, and their efforts to maintain standards should be celebrated.
“All students should be commended for their achievements and dedication to their journalism training.”
The students who achieved the best results in the Diploma in Journalism exams will also be honoured in the 2020-21 diploma awards, which will be announced in April.