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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Park, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
CP65

Course overview

With our graduates working for the likes of The Times, BBC, Sky Sports News, The Athletic, La Liga TV, Matchroom Boxing and Premier League and Women’s Super League clubs including Arsenal and Aston Villa – this course has a proven record of providing students with the skills and contacts to thrive in the industry.

Sports Journalism BA (Hons) course scored 96% for academic support in the National Student Survey 2023. Our media, journalism and communications courses were also ranked 3rd for academic support in the UK.

Taught by award-winning and agenda-setting sports journalists who continue to work for leading brands on a weekly basis, we have connections to some of the biggest players in the sports media industry – including the BBC, ESPN, The Athletic and Amazon Prime Video Sport.

Through superb links with Premier League and EFL clubs, you’ll get the chance to develop your skills on location at some of the best sports grounds in the country, with internship opportunities with men’s and women’s teams available at clubs like Aston Villa, Wolves, West Bromwich Albion, and Bristol City.

We have multiple graduates working in the F1 industry, including content creators for Aston Martin and the international editor-in-chief of GP Blog – and are proud to have F1TV presenter Laura Winter as our Course Associate, allowing us to benefit from her experience through bespoke sessions and mentoring throughout the academic year.

We’re passionate about providing pathways into motorsport and, whether you’re interested in race reporting, social media or communications, we can offer opportunities to build experience in this field with a number of students now reporting remotely on F1.

UoG journalism, publishing and public relations courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK, and 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Study style

You’ll learn how to be a Multimedia Journalist who gathers and delivers stories for online and print. You’ll also produce radio and television bulletins.

Social media and emerging digital technologies are embedded across all modules – you’ll 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.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 – 120 UCAS tariff points, CCC – BBB at A levels, MMM – DDM at BTEC, or a Merit in your T-Level.

      Entry to this course is by interview. Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
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Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham CP65 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham CP65 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Careers

Sports Journalism is where where your passion for sports meets the power of storytelling. As a graduate, you’ll step into a world of exciting possibilities, from being the voice behind the thrilling goals as a football reporter to crafting engaging digital content as a digital sports video producer. Navigate the fast-paced realm of newsrooms as a newspaper sub-editor, or elevate your career as a communications officer for Premier League or Championship clubs.

Picture yourself in the spotlight as a TV sports presenter, or delve into the digital arena as an online sports reporter. With your skills honed at UoG, you could also find yourself creating compelling narratives across any number of media channels and outlets. Ignite your journey into the heart of sports journalism and transform your passion into a vibrant career.

Develop real-world skills

And thanks to our strong relationships with nearby clubs such as Gloucester Rugby, Cheltenham Town, Gloucestershire Cricket and Forest Green Rovers, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your match reporting and interviewing skills.

Learn from expert lecturers

You’ll be taught the full array of skills needed to be a Multimedia Journalist in the digital age, and be nurtured by a lecturing team whose ongoing experience in industry means the content of their teaching is bang up to date.

Use game-changing equipment

Our media centre is equipped with TV and radio studios, multimedia newsrooms and an apple mac suite. Everything is as you will find in the industry – from the Burli newsroom management software we use, through to our BBC-standard JVC cameras. We also have all the latest broadcast technology, such as iPhone mojo kit.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK

Our journalism, publishing & public relations courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 8th in the UK for teaching satisfaction

Our journalism, publishing & public relations courses are ranked 8th in the UK for teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 4th in the UK for career prospects

Our journalism, publishing & public relations courses are ranked 4th in the UK for career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction

Our journalism, publishing & public relations courses are ranked 3rd in the UK for student satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 10th for teaching and 3rd for academic support in the UK - NSS, 2023

Our media, journalism and communications courses were ranked 10th for teaching and 3rd for academic support in the UK.

Trips and experiences

You’ll get a global perspective through overseas course trips, which have previously included visits to the studios of Olympic Broadcasting Services, the Bernabeu Stadium and some of the biggest sports publishers in Europe.

Placements

Our students have gone on placements to destinations as diverse as Real Madrid TV, Wimbledon and talkSPORT and two from our course were shortlisted for the 2024 FWA Student Football Writer of the Year Award in their respective female and male categories.

We’re perfectly located to offer a wide range of internship opportunities with leading women’s and men’s rugby teams such as Gloucester, Gloucester-Hartpury, Bristol Bears and Bath, while horse racing enthusiasts can benefit from excellent opportunities to cover the Cheltenham Festival and other meetings throughout the season.

Details relating to your optional placement year are as follows:

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA and Europe
  • Visa – you may need a visa if you’re on placement abroad
  • Finance – your tuition fee is reduced for your placement year – and you can still apply for a maintenance loan and get money advice
  • Placement support – we’ll help you find a great placement and get the most out of the experience

"Alongside lecturing, I'm still going out and doing the job I love"

“I pride myself on being current, and I make sure my students benefit from my connections – be that by setting up interviews for them with high profile athletes, or organising 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.”

Brendan McLoughlin, Senior Lecturer in Sports Journalism

After graduating Sean became Press Officer for West Bromwich Albion

“What an experience! Wouldn’t be possible without the Sports Journalism course!”

Sean Watts, course graduate and West Bromwich Albion Press Officer

"The third year is where it really ramped up"

See how Adam’s degree in Sports Journalism gave him the skills he needed for his dream job.

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