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A journalism course run by City of Wolverhampton College has been named the best in the country – for the sixth 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 Journalism Skills Conference, which were held at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport on Thursday 24 November.

This year the college has more than doubled the number of students graduating with a gold standard NCTJ Diploma in Journalism – A-C grade passes in all exams plus 100 words per minute shorthand – with 64% achieving the high level.

Lecturer Dani Wozencroft said: “To win this award for the sixth consecutive year is an incredible achievement.

“Each year we have a different cohort of students of different ages, abilities and experience – but each year both them and the staff here work tirelessly to be the best we can be and achieve the most we can.

“To be named the best in the UK time and time again shows that this commitment and dedication does not diminish at all.

“I say it every year but once again I am so proud of this award and everyone who works toward it.”

Awards host BBC deputy political editor, John Pienaar, added: “It’s no mean feat to achieve and maintain accreditation as the NCTJ industry standard evolves in response to a rapidly changing industry.”

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

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