Awards for the best-performing National Council for the Training of Journalists accredited courses for 2009/10 were handed out at its Journalism Skills Conference in Cardiff last night.
News Associates’ newspaper journalism foundation course was named best-performing commercial fast-track course with 71pc of its students achieving C grade passes in all the NCTJ core exams plus 100 wpm shorthand.
It meant it was also the best performing course overall, ahead of Notttingham Trent University which scored a double accolade by being named best centre for both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Nottingham Trent saw 63pc of its MA students achieving C grade passes in all the NCTJ core exams plus 100 wpm shorthand and 56pc of its undergraduates achieving this gold standard.
Last year’s top-performing centre, the University of Ulster did not figure in this year’s prizes.
NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher said: “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.”
Darlington College topped the table for fast-track courses at FE colleges with 31pc of students meeting the standard.
And Sheffield College’s Norton Centre was the best-performing academic year FE course, where 29pc of students made the grade in their preliminary exams.
The award for the best NCTJ magazine course was given to Harlow College, which beat the five other accredited magazine courses to the top spot.
Detailed exam results for all 68 NCTJ accredited courses will be published on the organisation’s website later this month.