Uclan’s Sports Journalism course in the only one in the north of England accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (the BJTC), recognised by Sky and the BBC as a benchmark of excellence.
The course got 100% overall satisfaction in the 2020 NSS (National Student Survey) – it is extremely rare to get a perfect score – and 100% for the standard of teaching and academic support, which gives you an idea of how much our students enjoy studying here.
The oldest Journalism school in the country – we’ve been teaching journalism since the 1960s - our graduates have gone on to report on some of the world’s biggest sporting events, such as the Olympics, the Champions League, and Wimbledon.
They have worked for employers such as the BBC, ITV, BT Sport, Sky, ESPN, Premiership and Championship football clubs, Formula 1, British Cycling, Swim England, County Championship cricket clubs, England Squash, and many national and regional news organisations throughout Britain and the world.
At UCLan, we will equip you with all the multiplatform skills you need to become a successful sports journalist and teach you how to thrive in the digital age. To be successful, you will need to work hard, but you will learn your practical skills in a fun, newsroom environment.
From day one, you will operate as a journalist. You’ll learn how to write like a journalist, how to thrive in radio and on TV, and make digital videos, magazines, websites and podcasts. We have link-ups with football clubs such as Chelsea, Burnley, Preston, Bolton and Fleetwood, and many other sporting organisations, and you will be given opportunities to go out and report on matches, and at press conferences and sports news events.
This course is your first step towards becoming a professional sports reporter.
Preston (Campus code: U)
In the 2020 National Student Survey, Sports Journalism received 100% overall student satisfaction. The course also scored 100% for the standard of Teaching and Academic Support
Two options from:
Journalism dissertation (40 credits)
Media Entrepreneurship (40 credits)
Two modules from:
More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.
Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Fees for international students
Our typical offer is 104 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.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent
Students who are made an offer for this course will be invited for interview and asked to take part in an entrance test in order to assess suitability for a career in journalism. Successful interview and entrance test will be part of your conditions of offer. This is a requirement of all Journalism programmes that are currently accredited by the National Council for the Training of Journalists. Applicants are sent further information by our Admissions Office regarding attending for interview and test.
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.
The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.Discover More
If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degreeFoundation Entry Route
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This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
| 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.
You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.
For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.