This course is aimed at those who want to study sports journalism as a discipline, with a view to a specialist position in the media or communications industries. Sport is far from just a pastime, it is big business which influences the news agenda, as well as servicing the demands of sports fans across the globe.
The course includes the development of practical skills in print, online, radio and TV reporting. The final year places strong emphasis on options enabling you to personalise your programme to suit your vocational aspirations and take up an industry placement.
This is the only undergraduate Sports Journalism course in the UK to be accredited by the BJTC (Broadcast Journalism Training Council, made up of representatives from the BBC, ITV and Sky).
Did you know, the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results show 100% of BA Sports Journalism students stated that staff were good at explaining things, and 94% felt that staff were enthusiastic about what they teach. In addition, 97% of students said they were satisfied with the learning resources available to them, and 90% felt that their course has aided their personal development.
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Entry and Admissions
School of Journalism and Digital Communication
No Partner College
A2: ABB-BBC not including General Studies
GCSE: English grade C
To download the Programme Specification for this course, please click here.
UCLan’s Sports Journalism course covers key issues relating to the application of journalism to sport; supplemented with appropriate vocational experience, graduates will be equipped to deliver quality copy, presentations and broadcast packages within designated deadlines.
Students will learn the basic skills and processes of a journalist and relate them to the coverage of sport. They will also study sport so that they become knowledgeable about its structure, evolution and organisation. They will be exposed to all media and to topics such as lifestyle and fitness, legal issues and research methods. The final year of the course places strong emphasis on options enabling students to personalise their programme to suit their vocational aspirations. Again, a strong vocational element is emphasised.
The course will develop oral and written communication skills, teamwork, research techniques, broadcast and production skills, analytical and time management skills. Creativity is emphasised throughout, via a variety of media forms.
Learning is largely based on practical journalism work and case studies, supported by programmes of lectures and seminars. Study of the work of journalists emphasises the need to relate theoretical perspectives to news products and practices. Most of your work will be assessed through coursework and practical projects, with examinations in some subjects.
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Course at a glance
- Introduction to Journalism Practice (40 credits)
- Introduction to Electronic Journalism (40 credits)
- Sport Today (20 credits)
- Sport in the UK (20 credits)
- Sports Journalism Practice (40 credits)
- The Digital Newsroom (20 credits)
- Law for Journalists (20 credits)
- Current Issues in Sport (20 credits)
Plus 20 credits from:
- International Journalism (20 credits)
- Football and the Media (20 credits)
- Sports Development (20 credits)
- Marketing and Promotion of Sport (20 credits)
- Developing Research Skills (20 credits)
- Coaching in Games (20 credits)
- Economics of Sport and Leisure (20 credits)
- Experiential Learning (20 credits)
- Coaching in Sport (20 credits)
- Advanced Print & Online Sports Journalism (40 credits)
- Advanced Broadcast Sports Journalism (40 credits)
- Journalism Ethics & Regulation (20 credits)
- The Sporting Image (20 credits)
Plus any 40 credits from:
- Shorthand for Journalists (20 credits)
- Football and Communication (20 credits)
- Sports Journalism Project (20 credits)
- Sports PR (20 credits)
- Business of Football (20 credits)
- Sports Equity and Inclusion (20 credits)
- Sports Tourism (20 credits)
- Careers Development in Sport and Leisure (20 credits)
- Coaching in the Community (20 credits)
- Sports Policy & Planning (20 credits)
- Physical Activity and Health Promotion (20 credits)
- Sport in the Global Village (20 credits)
- Enterprise and Development in Sport and Leisure (20 credits)
- Independent Study Project (20 credits)
- Double Dissertation (40 credits)
- Brands in 21st Century Sport (20 credits)
- Football and Popular Culture (20 credits)
Learning Environment & Assessment:
Students will, on average, attend six hours of lectures and six hours of seminars, tutorials and workshops per week. Throughout the three years, students are assessed through individual and group presentations, reports, essays, posters, portfolios and examinations. Optional modules within the latter stages of the course enables students to pursue a variety of vocational pathways that best suit their career aspirations.
The University's sports facilities were recently ranked in a national survey as being the best in any new university and rated as 5 star, the highest possible grade. Journalism and media facilities are also rated as excellent. These include:
- Five radio studios
- TV studio and adjacent gallery
- Two broadcast production areas
- Two video edit suites
- Three print newsrooms
- Online production suite
- Live news feeds from the Press Association and
- Independent Radio News
Students will face a variety of assessments including course work, essays, reports, presentations, and practical assessments, group work and end-of-module examinations.
We are committed to delivering academic learning of the highest quality, helping you to stretch your mind and fulfil your university ambitions.
Learning outcome & aims
We aim to create the perfect blend of knowledge, practical experience and relevance to equip UCLan graduates with the confidence and skills they need to get ahead in the world of work.
Industry links & professional accreditation
We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.
Work experience and international opportunities
Students have the opportunity to gain work experience in the media departments of Preston North End FC, Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC during their studies. Many other opportunities to work alongside professional sports journalists are also offered thanks to the course’s excellent relationships with the BBC, the Rugby Football League, Wigan Warriors and many more organisations.
Year 2 students have an opportunity to study abroad. One of our students is currently studying in Spain and in the past we have also had students studying in the United States.
Graduates of the course have gone on to work for the BBC, Granada TV, Sky Sports, the Press Association, Sunday Express, Daily Star, Everton FC, Manchester United FC, UK Athletics, the 2012 Olympics and many more print, online, broadcast and sports organisations.
Emily Brobyn is now a writer on Manchester City FC magazine and website. She said: ‘As a huge City fan, this is pretty much a dream job for me, one that I would never have achieved without work experience and the help of the wonderful staff at UCLan. The journalism industry is incredibly difficult to break into, particularly in sport and without my degree I would have had no chance.’
Mayur Bhanji, now a broadcaster with World Sport Group in Singapore having already worked for the BBC and Real Madrid TV said: ‘The most important aspect of the course is the fact it is realistic. The course also bought in key speakers to offer advice. If you are interested in journalism and want to focus on sports then this course is a must. It can’t get any better!’
John Hill was appointed assistant programme manager at Ladbroke’s Media Centre soon after graduating. He said: ‘The skills I learnt at UCLan helped me walk straight into my job and be trained from day one. The facilities at UCLan are as good as any news desk/broadcast station in the country.’
From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.
Fees & Funding
The standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course is below. For further information including the availability of bursaries/scholarships or student financial support please view our Fees and Finance
£9,000 per year.
How to Apply
If you are interested in applying for this course, our comprehensive How to Apply pages will guide you through the process. Here at UCLan, our aim is to encourage you to develop your potential and we offer a flexible approach to admissions, which reflects our commitment to all those who would benefit from our courses.
UCAS Code: P501
Short Form of Course: BA/SJ
Institution Code Name: CLANC
Institution Code: C30
Campus Site: U
University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE, Lancashire, United Kingdom