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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    P501; Short form: BA/SJ

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you are looking to learn the skills and processes of a journalist and relate them to the coverage of sport, this course will be the perfect stepping stone to a sports specialist position in the media or communications industries. Sport is far from just a game, it is big business which influences the news agenda, whilst servicing the demands of sports fans across the globe. As well as the development of practical skills in print, online, radio and TV reporting, you will also study sport so that you become knowledgeable about its structure, evolution and organisation. Creativity is emphasised throughout, and after a final year which allows you to personalise your programme to suit your career aspirations, you will be equipped to deliver quality copy, presentations and broadcast packages within designated deadlines.

Foundation Entry
If you are keen to study this programme but do not meet the entry requirements, take a look at the Foundation Entry routes:
BA (Hons) Sports Journalism (Foundation Entry)

Entry Requirements 2016/17

320/280 points not including General Studies at A2, DDM BTEC, GCSE English grade C or IELTS 7.5

Applicants who do not have English as their native language or a prior qualification delivered entirely in English will need to have passed the IELTS test at 7.5, with no component lower than 7.

UCLan Open Day

Experience UCLan for yourself: talk to lecturers, walk around campus and chat to students.

12th June 2016

Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Reporting Skills (20 credits)
  • Broadcast Journalism Skills (20 credits)
  • Creating Content (20 credits)
  • Multiplatform Journalism (20 credits)
  • The Sporting Infrastructure (20 credits)



  • The Making of Modern Sport (20 credits)
  • Shorthand for Journalists (20 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory Modules:

  • Sports Journalism Practice (40 credits)
  • The Digital Landscape (20 credits)
  • Law for Journalists (20 credits)
  • Current Issues in Sport (20 credits)


Options from:
  • International Journalism (20 credits)
  • Football and the Media (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Promotion of Sport (20 credits)
  • Developing Research Skills (20 credits)
  • Economics of Sport and Leisure (20 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules:

  • Journalism Ethics and Regulation (20 credits)
  • Work Placement (20 credits)

Plus one of the following:

  • Advanced Print & Online Journalism (40 credits)
  • Advanced Broadcast Sports Journalism (40 credits)


Options from:

  • Sports Journalism Project (20 credits)
  • Football and Communication (20 credits)
  • Football and Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Business of Football (20 credits)
  • Sport in the Global Village (20 credits)
  • The Sporting Image (20 credits)
  • Sports PR (20 credits).

Please note: Not all optional modules will be available in each year

Further Information

Sports Journalism

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page

This Sports Journalism course is currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) which is made up of representatives from the BBC, ITV and Sky.

The 2013 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. The 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results have also shown that 90% of students were satisfied with the programme.

You will have the opportunity to gain work experience. Students have worked in the media departments of clubs such as Preston North End FC, Manchester United FC and Chelsea FC during their studies. Also, students have had other opportunities to work alongside professional sports journalists are which are offered thanks to the course’s excellent relationships with the BBC, the Rugby Football League, Wigan Warriors and many more organisations.

In Year 2, you will 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.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
2015 Entry | 2016 Entry

Apply Now

Applications are now welcome for September 2016 places.

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400


The full list of modules indicated on this course page are for information purposes only. Certain modules may not be delivered every year and delivery might be dependent on the number of students selecting a given module. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this course, you are accepting that it is possible that not all of these module options will be available. At (or before) the start of each academic year, you will have an opportunity to discuss your course and preferred module options with your tutor. The University will then do all it reasonably can to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred module options.

Fees 2016/17

Full-time: £9,000 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,500 per 20 credit module (UK/EU)

Further information:

For 2015/16 fees please refer to our fees page.

Professional Accreditation

Currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

Learning Environment and 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.

Students will face a variety of assessments including course work, essays, reports, presentations, and practical assessments, group work and end-of-module examinations.


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 
  • Independent Radio News

Print newsroom

Each print newsroom contains 20 computers (a mix of PCs and MACs) with specialist software including InDesign to design pages and EScenic content management systems to create websites. There is also a TV with access to rolling 24-hr news channels, along with Smartboards.


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.



School of Journalism and Media