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Sports Journalism

Entry requirements


96 to 112 UCAS points at A2

96 to 112 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

96 to 122 UCAS points at Higher Level subjects

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

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OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

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96 to 112 UCAS points

96 to 112 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

96-112

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About this course


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Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Full-time with year in industry | 2022

Subjects

Journalism

Multimedia journalism

**Course overview**
- Sport is a world full of moving stories of human drama, joy and pain. Discover how to tell them, with one of the finest sports journalism courses in the north of England.

- Sport offers entertainment and escapism for millions of people every day. There’s a huge appetite for the latest news, on everything from athlete’s injuries to billion-pound takeovers. And, from the back pages, blogs and podcasts, to whole TV stations, the sports media is there to feed it.

- Our Sports Journalism BA (Hons) programme can prepare you to be part of the sports media. 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 make the most of our links with the likes of Chelsea FC, Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End, as well as a range of other sports bodies. 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.

- One of only six sports journalism courses in the UK accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (partners with the BBC and Sky).

**Why study with us**
- Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Sports Journalism is ranked 1st in England with 100% of students satisfied with the quality of academic support (National Student Survey 2020)

- Our Journalism courses are 1st in the UK for assessment and feedback, and 1st in the North West for teaching quality (National Student Survey 2019)

- You could spend an expenses-paid two-week placement with Chelsea FC, not to mention a range of other opportunities across the world of sport.

Modules

Year 1: The Professional Sports Journalist 1, The Making of the Media, The Economics of the Media, Media Law and Regulation.

Year 2: The Professional Sports Journalist 2, Sports Desk 1, Sporting Issues. Two options from: Football and the Media, Advanced Sports TV and Live Event Production, The Business of Journalism, Reporting Politics and Society, Data journalism, Photojournalism, Music Journalism.

Optional Sandwich Year.

Year 3: Sports Desk 2, Work Placement, PLUS EITHER Journalism dissertation, OR Media Entrepreneurship OR Two modules from: Football and Popular Culture, Specialist Sports Journalism, Reporting Politics and Society, Future Media.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

90%
high
Journalism
90%
high
Multimedia journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

90%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

93%
Library resources
95%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
62%
Male students
38%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Media professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,500
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Media professionals
16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Other elementary services occupations

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Media, journalism and communications

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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