Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Being a sports journalist can be one of the most exciting jobs around – and for many years, we have been helping people like you move into their dream career.

Our graduates have gone on to report on some of the world’s biggest sporting events, such as the Champions League, the Olympics and Wimbledon.

They have worked for employers such as the BBC, Sky, ESPN, Premiership football clubs, national and regional news organisations and many more across 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 will be given opportunities to go out and report on sports fixtures, press conferences and sports news events.


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National Student Survey 2018

Journalism at UCLan - ranked top in the North West for overall student satisfaction, 3rd in the UK for Academic Support and 4th in the UK for overall student satisfaction.

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Sports Journalism

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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.

Industry Links

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.


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.

Alumni and Testimonials

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.”

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

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

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.

Andrew Jones

Andrew shows his gratitude to the support he’s received from the course lecturers.

“They’ve had similar experiences to me through their education, so really there’s no-one better to ask for advice and feedback than academics who have also worked in the industry,” he continued.

“My marks improved significantly between 1st and 2nd year based on the feedback I received from my tutors. Often its simple things like what to look for when sourcing a story, but they’re always there for you to go to.”

A woman's career: Sports Journalism at UCLan


Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2019/20

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

  • View 2018/19 Fees

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

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 

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.


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.

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Course Overview

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)
  • Sports Journalism Project (20 credits)

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

The School of Journalism, Media and Performance has a wealth of state-of-the-art technology and multimedia facilities to ensure graduates are up to speed with the latest industry developments. We have invested more than £250,000 in upgrading these facilities.

They include:

  • Six fully-equipped newsrooms
  • Four radio studios
  • TV studio and adjacent gallery
  • Two broadcast production areas
  • Two video editing suites
  • Live news feeds from the Press Association
  • Industry-standard workflows


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.

Digital Newsroom

TV Studio

Caroline Oatway

TV Studio Gallery

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!

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.

Emma Norris

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism, 2012

Long holding an interest in journalism since a young age, Emma Norris was first made aware of UCLan’s BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course at the age of 15. “Being a massive fan of sport, it seemed to be the perfect way to combine two passions in my life and I couldn’t have been more right,” Emma said.

Since graduating in 2012, Emma has gone on to work for her childhood football club, Bolton Wanderers FC, as the Media and PR Manager.

Liverpool FC’s Martin Young

From Intern, to VT Editor

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.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2018 Entry | 2019 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

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.