Until now, News Associates has specialised in ‘fast-track’ courses aimed mainly at graduates, but the award-winning training centre is now launching its first undergraduate qualification.
Under the banner of the School of Journalism (www.schoolofjournalism.co.uk), the three-year NCTJ accredited BA (Hons) in Journalism will launch in September 2016, in association with the University of St Mark and St John.
News Associates’ existing full and part-time courses targeted at postgraduates occupied the top four positions in last year’s NCTJ league tables.
“We are hugely excited about this course, whose sole aim will be to produce gold standard graduates who maintain our proud record in exam results and job success,” said managing editor James Toney.
“We acknowledge there are lots of journalism courses and the industry is going through much change, but we believe there is a gap in the undergraduate journalism marketplace for a fresh approach. We are determined to maintain our reputation as an industry leader with this new course.”
News Associates say theirs will be a “highly practical” qualification, focused not just on academic success but employability. The training college says 90pc of its current graduates secure paid journalism jobs within three months of completing their studies.
“We will only be accepting a small cohort to ensure our undergraduate course can achieve the same success as our postgraduate courses,” added head of journalism training Rachel Bull.