BA (Hons)

Sports Journalism

3 years
September 2024
Foundation entry

Sport is a world full of moving stories of human drama, joy and pain. Discover how to tell them, on our outstanding sports journalism course.

Why study with us

  • 1st
    in the North West for teaching quality
    Guardian University Guide (Journalism)
  • 2nd
    in the North West for graduate prospects (outcomes)
    Complete University Guide (Communication & Media Studies)
  • 2nd
    in the UK for career prospects
    Guardian University Guide (Journalism)
  • Top
    in the UK for overall positivity
    National Student Survey (Journalism) (compared with unis in the Guardian University Guide)
  • Participate in our annual cJAM event. This is an innovative career event which attracts employers including Sky, BBC, ITV and high- profile Independent Producers like Nine Lives Media. The event enables students to secure placements with a diverse range of employers.
  • Two second years are paid £21,000 a year to work with an international sporting graphics company. You could spend an all-expenses paid fortnight in the press office at Chelsea FC. We offer placements to all at football clubs, sporting organisations and in television, radio and print news rooms across the UK. The whole point of the course is to get you a good job afterwards.
  • You’ll work in state-of-the-art TV and radio studios exclusive to journalism students. You will take part in industry-standard news days; producing shows, podcasts, digital videos and bulletins.
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Ed Walker talks about what he expects from our Journalism students

A day in the life of a Journalism student

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Sports Journalism students
Sports Journalism students

What you'll do

  • You’ll study the technical skills of broadcast and digital journalism, make podcasts, magazines and videos, as well as examining various topics across a wide range of sports.
  • This is a practical course, offering a wide range of modules, on which you’ll operate as a trainee journalist from day one and spend time on work placements.
  • You’ll hear from a wide range of industry and sporting professionals – past speakers include presenters Dan Walker and Gabby Logan, BBC sports editor Dan Roan, commentators Alistair Mann and John Murray, and sports figures such as Ian Holloway, Ellen White and Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson.


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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Unleash your creativity at anytime, anywhere. From September 2024, you'll have access to the industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud package on both your personal device and on campus. Get hands-on with this widely recognised package and create a portfolio that showcases your skills.

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Future careers

With superb connections and a hands-on approach, our Sports Journalism BA (Hons) degree programme has a proven track record of turning students into sports journalists and communications experts.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,250 per year
Sandwich year£1,500 for the sandwich year
Full-time£16,500 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Arts and Media

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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