Sports Journalism (BA Hons)

Sports Journalism

BA (Hons)

Get on the inside track

Benefit from our established industry links and get your career off to a flying start.

Student profile

Unique opportunities

Amazing experience that will raise your game.

Sean Watts with football manager Raphael Benitez.

"What an experience! Wouldn't be possible without @BASports.Journo!" Sean Watts, course graduate and West Bromwich Albion press officer.

Sports journalism student conducting an interview at a rugby match.

Our students benefit from our links with professional clubs, such as Gloucester Rugby.

Patrick Banes conducting an interview at the Cheltenham Festival.

Patrick Banes did a placement as a radio reporter, covering the world famous Cheltenham Festival.

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Learn from journalists at the top of their game

Brendan McLoughlin

Brendan McLoughlin

Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism

"I pride myself on being current. Alongside lecturing, I'm still going out and doing the job I love, writing for national newspapers and websites about the latest sports news.

I make sure my students benefit from my connections, be that by setting up interviews for them with high profile athletes, or organizing work experience placements with major national titles.

There's no better buzz than reporting on live sport. To be there covering events watched by the rest of the world on TV is an unbelievable experience money can't buy."

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Game changing experiences

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Course Details

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Course outline

Taught by award-winning sports journalists, this course will give you the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the industry. You will benefit from our strong links with national and local media, including the BBC, ITV, TalkSPORT, The Times, The Sun and The Racing Post. Broadcasters Sharron Davies and Jill Douglas are among the many guest speakers who have given our students a valuable insider’s view of the industry.

You'll immediately start work on multimedia news bulletins and prepare reports for radio, television and online. Thanks to our excellent links with professional sports clubs such as Gloucester Rugby, a range of Premier League sides, Cheltenham Town Football Club and Gloucestershire Cricket Club, there are plenty of opportunities to put your practical skills to the test.

Students have joined professional journalists to interview international footballers, made films for the big screen at the Rugby World Cup Fanzone in Gloucester Quays, and produced content for BT Sport’s Conference football highlights show.

From your first term here you'll have opportunities to get involved in live match coverage. This will give you access to professional players and allow you to build your own contacts. You’ll also complete a work placement as part of your degree, gaining further industry insight and experience. 

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Study style

Learn how to be a multimedia journalist, gathering and delivering stories for online and print. You’ll also produce radio and television bulletins. Social media and emerging digital technologies are embedded across all modules, so you can learn the latest industry-relevant skills such as live text commentary and mobile journalism. In your final year you can choose between an academic dissertation or extended practical project.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Industry links

The course has close ties with industry, including the BBC, BT Sport, talkSPORT, ITV and The Daily Express. You'll also get insight from high profile sports journalists. Guest speakers have included Tony Evans, former football editor at The Times, and BBC reporters Pat Murphy and Tom Rostance. Excellent relationships with professional sports clubs, including Premier League football clubs in the Midlands, provide opportunities to gain practical work experience and build your professional network from the start of your studies. This course is also accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), giving our graduates a real competitive edge.


  • Radio sports journalist
  • Digital sports editor
  • Online sports reporter
  • Newspaper sports reporter
  • Sports PR officer
  • Television sports presenter

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry*

120 tariff points

Typical offers

BBB at A levels, DDM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.

* Selection by interview. Please refer to the interview guide for further information.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeCP65

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