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BA (Hons)

Sports Journalism

3 Years
September 2022
Campus Taught
Foundation Entry

Sport is a world full of moving stories of human drama, joy and pain. Discover how to tell them, on the best sports journalism course in the UK (based on 2020 National Student Survey).

This practical, hands-on course focuses on making sure you get the job of your dreams at the end of it. We work closely with industry and in the first year you will be given the opportunity to write for a professional sports website (Prost International) and get access to Premier League, Women’s Super League, and Football League games. A second year student will spend two weeks all-expenses work placement at Chelsea Football Club. In the third year we work closely with major web company Planet Sport, which takes on many of our students and gives them the opportunity to impress – which can lead to a job covering sports like football, Formula 1 and golf after graduation. We also work closely with the UK’s biggest media organisation Reach, football clubs such as Preston, Burnley, Bolton and Fleetwood, and other major sporting bodies, to ensure you get the chance to gain vital experience while still a student.

Journalism is, in a nutshell, telling stories and we teach you how to do that in a variety of ways, from written to TV, podcasts to digital video, social media to magazines.

You’ll not only learn how to operate as a sports journalist, with the personal and technical skills a professional journalist needs, but you’ll also study a range of issues in sport – exploring its development into a multi-million-pound industry.

From day one, you’ll operate as a journalist. It’s hands-on and hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun. You’ll join our newsroom environment, report on matches and press conferences, and get to interview a wide variety of sportsmen and women. You’ll also receive lectures from many of the major players in the sporting media. Recent guests include BBC Sports editor Dan Roan, football managers Ian Holloway and Simon Grayson, Premier League referee Anthony Taylor, and TV presenters Gabby Logan and Craig Slater.
You’ll learn by doing, ensuring that you have all you need to thrive in the digital age – ready to follow in the footsteps of previous graduates to report on the Olympics or Champions League football, working with organisations like the BBC, Sky or ESPN.

BA Hons Sports Journalism at UCLan is one of only six sports journalism courses in the UK accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), (partners with the BBC and Sky). We will also pay for you to sit your NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists). You can study abroad in the second year if you wish and we regularly arrange trips abroad (in May 2019 we took our students to China for 10 days).

As of September 2022, we'll be celebrating 60 years of Journalism at UCLan. UCLan Journalism's strong heritage started in 1962 and has continued to offer high-quality, innovative journalism courses that confront vital issues facing the profession.

Why study with us

  • Our Journalism courses are the best in England, according to the Guardian University Guide 2022, which placed UCLan number one in the country. Sports Journalism scored 100% for overall satisfaction and academic support in the 2020 National Student Survey and 94% in 2021.
  • You could spend an expenses-paid two-week work experience with Chelsea FC and we help you arrange placements at football clubs, a variety of sporting organisations and in television, radio and print news rooms across the UK.
  • You'll have access to state-of-the-art TV and radio studios used exclusively by journalism students. They are at the centre of our industry-standard news days, which our students take part in from year one.

Hear from graduate Tom about his time studying here

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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.

Module Overview

Course Delivery

This course is taught face-to-face at one of our UK campuses.


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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  • This course has been accredited by the BJTC and recognised as providing 'general excellence in broadcast journalism training'. The BJTC is an industry-led body offering accreditation to courses for aspiring journalists.

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.

Being a sports journalist is one of the most exciting jobs around – and for many years, we have been helping people like you make the move into the industry.

The modules you’ll study offer a practical approach, ensuring you don’t just learn, but do – going beyond the classroom to write, produce and deliver sports journalism in a real-world setting. As such, you’ll gain the kind of skills and experiences that employers look for.

In your final year with us, you’ll have the chance to go on a placement to put what you’ve learned into action in a professional environment. You could also boost your employability by studying abroad with one of our academic partners in the USA, Spain or China.

At our annual cJAM event you’ll have the chance to make some valuable connections and hear insights about careers in the creative industries. With a skills-focused speed-dating-style event, you can meet up to 30 industry professionals looking for a student like you to work on a placement – it’s your chance to impress.

Every year, our graduates have gone onto roles with some of the country’s leading sports broadcasters and news organisations – BBC, Sky Sports, Eurosport, ESPN, Talksport, Trinity Mirror – as well as a wide range of clubs, teams and sporting bodies, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Surrey County Cricket Club, UK Athletics, The Lawn Tennis Association and many more.

Fees and Funding

Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£13000 per year
Full-time£9250 per year
Sandwich year£1000 for the sandwich year
Full-time£14250 per year

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

Select your country and see eligibility information and how to apply by selecting more info on the cards below.


This course is based in the School of Arts and Media located in the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries

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