Journalism students at Sheffield Hallam University have achieved the department’s best ever NCTJ results this year.
On average only 50 per cent of candidates across the country pass the preliminary Reporting exam first time. Level 5 and 6 SHU students beat the national average with 56 per cent passing first time – a total of 19 passes out of 34. The results were particularly high amongst Level 6 students, with 83 per cent passing.
SHU lecturer Lily Canter said: “As an NCTJ examiner myself I know how hard it is for students to pass this particular exam. For our students to be beating the national average is no mean feat. The paper sets a very high industry standard and this pass rate is proof that we are properly preparing our graduates for the tough world of employment.”
There was further success in the NCTJ Essential Media Law, Court Reporting, Essential Public Affairs, Shorthand and Sports Journalism exams. More than 60 per cent of Level 6 students passed Essential Media Law, and 50 per cent passed Court Reporting. A further 61 per cent passed the supplementary Sports Journalism exam.
Course leader and senior lecturer, David Clarke said: “This is undoubtedly our best set of results in the three years we have been a NCTJ exam centre. All in all this is an outstanding set of results and a tribute to the hard work of our students and fabulous teaching team.
“This year our rising star Sam Cooper, who graduated with a first, passed all the NCTJ exams and gained 100 wpm shorthand. To add to his success Sam has been offered a reporting post on the staff of the Wakefield Express newspaper.”