News Associates Manchester’s sports journalism course was named the best performing course overall, achieving an outstanding 100 per cent gold standard rate, while the centre also won the award for the top performing independent provider fast-track course.
For the eighth year in a row, City of Wolverhampton College celebrated winning the award for the best performing further education academic year course, while the award for the best performing further education fast-track course was won by Highbury College, in Portsmouth.
In the higher education categories, the University of Portsmouth was awarded for their undergraduate course and the award for the best performing postgraduate course went to Nottingham Trent University.
The innovation of the year award, launched last year, was won by the University of Brighton for its Premier League Apprenticeship, which invited final year students to audition for six paid matchday media journalist roles at Brighton and Hove Albion FC for their inaugural Premier League debut.
All the winners received their prizes at a ceremony held yesterday evening at Quendon Hall, in Essex.
In 2017-18 242 students on accredited courses achieved the gold standard of A-C grades in all their diploma exams including shorthand at 100 words per minute.
Speaking at the ceremony, awards presenter Sarah Hewson, from Sky News, praised everyone who teaches on accredited courses for meeting the high standards set by the NCTJ on behalf of the industry.