Sports Journalism (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Sports Journalism (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




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

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    J834; Short form: BA/SJfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. This course will give you an insight into the practice of journalism and a basic grounding in the skills and knowledge required by journalists if you don’t have traditional qualifications – life experience as well as a keen interest in news and current affairs is what counts.

As well as giving you a broad-based journalism education, you will develop both intellectually and personally.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

Following successful completion of the foundation entry year, students who wish to continue onto BA (Hons) Sports Journalism will need to undertake an entrance test before they make successful progress, in order to assess their suitability for a career in journalism. This is a requirement of all journalism programmes that are currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Journalism Matters
  • Making News
  • Introduction to Broadcasting


  • Introduction to Digital Communication
  • Communication Matters: Practical Writing Skills

Year 2

  • 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 3

  • 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 4


  • 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)
  • Sports Journalism Project (20 credits)

Further Information

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Why study this course?


You will have an opportunity to study abroad. Students on the course have studied in the USA, Spain and China. Graduates of the course have gone on to work for the BBC, Sky Sports, Eurosport, ESPN, Trinity Mirror, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Surrey County Cricket Club, UK Athletics, The Lawn Tennis Association and many more print, online, broadcast and sports organisations.

Professional Accreditation

Currently accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council

The BJTC is a partnership of UK media employers and education providers with a shared goal of ensuring the highest professional standards of journalism training.

BJTC accreditation ensures students complete courses capable of working as journalists in the production of online, multimedia and broadcast in the world of news, current affairs, features and documentaries.


Students have worked in the media departments of football clubs such as Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City during their studies. The course has close ties with Preston North End, with students regularly attending games and press conferences. Currently we have partnerships with Bolton Wanderers and Fleetwood Town, where students go on week-long placements. The course also has close links with various clubs, sports organisations – from all sports, not just football - and employers in the North West.

Google News Lab

UCLan has become a partner in the Google News Labs University Network

Google News Lab University Network provides in-person training, when possible, and online training materials to professors and students on topics ranging from immersive storytelling, data journalism, trends, trust/verification and more. The benefits of this newly formed connection with Google News Lab for UCLan students are huge. It not only provides them with networking opportunities but also the chance to learn from current experts and professionals in the field.


Final year undergraduate and postgraduate journalism students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event.  cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities.  The cJAM event format consists of four main components:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.
  • The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session.  The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent.  Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.


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What our graduates have achieved

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones

Andrew graduated in July 2019 and immediately landed a job at The Athletic, the UK’s newest online football website, which has hired a team of top writers.

Talking about his lecturers on the course – Steve Canavan and Gerrie Byrne – he said: “There’s no-one better to ask for advice and feedback than academics who have also worked in the industry.

Caroline Oatway

Caroline Oatway

Caroline’s greatest achievement since graduating from the University is receiving her permanent contract at Manchester City Football Club where she was the first official journalist for the Manchester City’s Women’s Team. She also writes for the First Men’s team, the Elite Development Squad and the Under-18s side.

Treve Whitford

Treve Whitford

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate Treve Whitford has worked his way up the ranks and is now Head of Marketing and Communications for Yorkshire County Cricket Club, where he has the responsibility to develop and oversee all of the marketing and communications strategy.  

Jack Wilson-Mumford

Jack Wilson-Mumford

After graduating in July 2016, two days later, Jack started working as a Content Intern at City Football Marketing, Manchester City Football Club. “Since finishing my course in May, I had plenty of time to prepare for working life and interview for posts. It just so happened that the official end of my university life and start of my professional life were in the same week.”

Since this interview, Jack has gone on to work as a Communication and Content Assistant for Surrey County Cricket Club.

Martin Young

Martin Young

“As a kid I dreamt of being a sports commentator, as nerdy as it sounds. The thought of being at live sport events and entertaining listeners or viewers with my voice sent chills down my spine, in a good way. The sports journalism course at UCLan offered me some form of a route into the industry.”

UCLan sports journalism graduate Martin Young has worked for two of the country’s most renowned football clubs and is now one of Liverpool FC’s VT Editors, where he edits visual content for the TV channel’s various shows as well as their website video service LFCTVGO.

Jack Wylie, 2016 Graduate

“I received tremendous support and guidance from course leader Steve Canavan, whose unique teaching approach and relaxed character was a breath of fresh air. Aside from the actual content of the course, I have gained some great contacts thanks to the help of UCLan and its ample links to the industry.” Jack works as a Communications Officer at League Football Education and sub-editor at Daily Star Sunday

Louise Waters, 2016 Graduate

“I thoroughly enjoyed reporting on football matches and the broadcast work in my third year - especially television - as I got to take on many different roles such as presenter for a live football match, to reporting on the Burnley games.”


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.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

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. Take a virtual tour for an inside look at the facilities we have to offer below:

Virtual Tour

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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