New degree in journalism with NCTJ accreditation set to launch in September 2018
26 July 2017
A new degree in journalism is being launched at Wrexham Glyndwr University - after receiving highly-prized industry backing.
The three-year BA (Hons) Journalism degree has been officially accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) – the industry’s training supremo – making it the only degree course in north Wales with the NCTJ seal of approval.
The new course, which starts in September 2018, will see students spend up to 300 hours learning their craft in newsrooms across the region as part of an innovative work placement scheme.
They will study all aspects of digital, multimedia, video and print journalism in the classroom as well as learning more traditional skills such as media law and shorthand before embarking on their work placements.
They will then qualify with a degree - and the all-important NCTJ qualifications which are vital for landing a job in the news industry.
The NCTJ accreditation comes after Wrexham Glyndwr University was awarded a Silver Award under the new Teaching Excellence Framework for the quality of the work done by staff, as well as the standards achieved by students.
Journalism programme leader Janet Jones said she was delighted with the NCTJ recognition, which followed a rigorous examination process.
“This degree will be the ideal launch pad for anyone wanting to start a career in journalism,” she said.
“We have a team of highly-experienced lecturers with decades of knowledge of the industry, long-established links with all the major news groups in the area, superb facilities on our Wrexham site and can now offer the NCTJ qualifications as the icing on the cake.
“Our unique work-placement module means students will spend more than 300 hours working in real newsrooms – putting themselves right in the shop window for jobs as they come up.
"There is no other university in this region which can offer all this to would-be journalists.”
The journalism team – part of the highly-successful School of Creative Arts at Wrexham – will also continue to offer the NCTJ-accredited Certificate of HE in Journalism after that course had its accreditation extended. Places are still available for September 2017.
The part-time course is offered on a one and two-year basis. It was ranked fourth out of all NCTJ undergraduate courses in the UK for its overall NCTJ results in 2013-14 and was second in the national NCTJ part-time course rankings in 2014-15.
Wrexham Glyndwr University is number one in North Wales for getting its students jobs.
The institution achieved an employability figure of 92.1% and is also above the sector average for graduate level employment, according to the latest Destination of Leavers Survey (DLHE).