University of Ulster is top NCTJ course provider

The MA journalism course at the University of Ulster has been named by the National Council for the Training of Journalists as its top-performing accredited institution.

The university was named as the NCTJ‘s top MA course because it had the highest pass-rate, with 69 per cent of students gaining their preminary certificate in journalism.

NCTJ chief executive Joanne Butcher said: “It is a course that proves it is possible to deliver print, online and broadcast training effectively and to a high standard to all students, so many congratulations to Maggie Swarbrick and her team at Coleraine.”

Darlington College was the top-performing fast-track course at an FE college, with 34 per cent of students in 2008/9 gaining the preliminary certificate.

Press Association Training’s Newcastle-based newspaper journalism foundation course was the best performing commercial fast-track course with 67 per cent of students in 2008/9 passing all subjects, and shorthand.

The best-perfoming undergraduate degree, which was also NCTJ accredited, was BA (hons) at Bournemouth University where 19 per cent of students gained the NCTJ qualification in addition to their degree.

Harlow College was the top year-long FE courses with 27 per cent of students in 2008/9 passing all disciplines.

The top performing NCTJ magazine course was the fast-track course delivered at City College Brighton and Hove.

Detailed exam results for all 68 NCTJ accredited courses will be published on the NCTJ website later this month.

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