Journalism courses at a South Coast university have lost their accreditation with the National Council for the Training of Journalists after failing to meet its standards.
Directors at the NCTJ have decided not to renew accreditation for the University of Portsmouth’s single honours BA Journalism course, while the institution decided not to seek re-accreditation for its combined honours BA Journalism courses.
The NCTJ said the single honours course had not met with its accreditation standards but would not give any further details of its decision.
However a university spokeswoman said the move was because not enough students on the courses were choosing the sit the NCTJ exams as part of their degrees.
Fergus Carr, head of the school of humanities and social sciences, said: “The University of Portsmouth is disappointed with the decision by the NCTJ to halt accreditation of the journalism course half way through the first cohort of students completing the syllabus.
“We are very proud of our track record and the quality of our courses which have produced outstanding journalists in print and online media and generated magazine and web editors.
“The quality of our teaching and our excellent facilities are recognised by the NCTJ and discussions with them are ongoing.”
The NCTJ said students on courses at the university would continue to be supported and have the chance to sit its exams.
It comes as the organisation has announced the accreditation for the first time of five journalism courses, which meet its ‘gold standard’.