Sports Journalism

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

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.

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Study Sports Journalism

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Key Information

  • Duration:

    Three years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • 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

  • Our graduates are highly employable and work as sports journalists for employers such as BBC Sport, Sky Sports, BT Sport and Eurosport.
  • The only Sports Journalism course in the north of England – and only one of six nationwide - accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council, recognised by the BBC and Sky as the industry’s kite mark of teaching excellence. The course was recently awarded the maximum thee-year accreditation by the BJTC as recognition of the strength and quality of the course.

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)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

Fees for international students

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

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.



International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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

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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.”

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.

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Important Information

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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: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.