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Date set for exam resit after college blunder

A group of photojournalism students who were asked to retake their law exam after a blunder by their college are to resit the paper later this month.

In August, we revealed that the National Council for the Training of Journalists had invalidated the exams sat by the Sheffield College students owing to a procedural blunder.

The college accepted responsibility for the error, which centred around the fact that the computers the students were using to type out their answers had web access enabled.

Now it has confirmed that a resit will take place next month, although some of the students will be allowed to take the exam in their workplaces.

A college spokesperson said: “The law exam retake for the NCTJ Photojournalism and Press Photography course is scheduled to take place on 20 November. The exam will be a written paper.

“Some students will sit the exam at Norton College, part of The Sheffield College. Others will take the exam in their workplaces. Revision notes are being provided, in addition to two refresher sessions two weeks before the exam.”

However it is not clear how many of the 20 students will actually take part in the resit, despite the college undertaking to pay their fees.

At the time of the original blunder, some of the students threatened to boycott the retake, saying it was a waste of time.