A journalism course run by City of Wolverhampton College has been named the best in the country – for the seventh year in a row!

The college was named as the top further education provider of the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) diploma at the annual NCTJ Awards for Excellence at Hampton Court Palace on Thursday 23 November.

The one-year full-time Level 3 course combines studying at college with work placements at local newspapers and gives aspiring journalists the qualification editors look for when appointing reporters.

Michael Dixon, head of faculty for creative arts at the college, said: “To win this award for the seventh consecutive year is an amazing achievement, particularly as the college was up against tough competition from other training providers.

“The NCTJ diploma is an intense course and this accolade is well-deserved recognition of our students’ dedication to learning and our tutors’ commitment to helping them to develop the skills and knowledge they need for successful careers in the industry.”

The college has been accredited by the NCTJ since 1997 and is the only accredited further education journalism training centre in the Midlands.  It is also helping to train the BBC’s radio apprentices and is working with the Express and Star on its journalism apprenticeship scheme.

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