Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • 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. 

National Student Survey 2017
Journalism at UCLan - top 10 in the UK for providing opportunities for students to apply what they have learnt. 

Entry Requirements

104  Points at A2 not including General Studies
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 points
International Baccalaureate - 28P
GCSE 5 at Grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent

Candidates for whom English is not their first language, should be able to demonstrate high standards, at IELTS 7.5 or equivalent, in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

Students who apply for this course will be invited for interview and asked to take part in an entrance test before an offer is made in order to assess suitability for a career in journalism. This is a requirement of all industry-accredited journalism programmes.

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • The Professional Sports Journalist 1 (60 credits)
  • The Making of the Media (20 credits)
  • The Economics of the Media (20 credits)
  • Media Law and Regulation. (20 credits)

Year 2

  • The Professional Sports Journalist 2 (20 credits)
  • Sports Desk 1 (40 credits)
  • Sporting Issues (20 credits)

Two options from:

  • Football and the Media (20 credits)
  • Advanced Sports TV and Live Event Production (20 credits)
  • The Business of Journalism (20 credits)
  • Reporting Politics and Society (20 credits)
  • Datajournalism (20 credits)
  • Photojournalism (20 credits)
  • Music Journalism (20 credits)

Year 3

  • Sports Desk 2 (60 credits)
  • Work Placement (20 credits)



Journalism dissertation (40 credits)


Media Entrepreneurship (40 credits)


Two modules from:

  • Football and Popular Culture (20 credits)
  • Specialist Sports Journalism. (20 credits)
  • Reporting Politics and Society. (20 credits)
  • Future Media (20 credits)

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.

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.

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Further information:

For 2017/18 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 degree, 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. 



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