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Sports Journalism

BA (Hons)

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What is Sports Journalism BA (Hons)?

With our graduates working for the likes of The Times, CNN, Sky Sports News, The Athletic, a number of Premier League clubs and European giant Real Madrid – this course has a proven record of providing students with the skills and contacts to thrive in the industry.

Taught by award-winning and high-profile Sports Journalists, we have connections to some of the biggest players in the sports media industry – including the BBC, ESPN, The Athletic and BT Sport. Our students have gone on placements to destinations as diverse as Real Madrid TV, Wimbledon and talkSPORT.

Through our superb links with Premier League and Championship clubs – including Aston Villa, Southampton, Fulham, West Bromwich Albion, Wolves and Bristol City – you’ll get the chance to develop your skills on location at some of the best sports grounds in the country.

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

    • Because we want to offer this course to creative students with talent and potential (and because we know that exam grades don’t always tell the whole story), we make offers following an interview instead of using tariff points.

      You will need to have, or be studying for, a NQF level 3 qualification – that’s A-level/BTEC/Welsh Baccalaureate or equivalent.

      Once you apply, we will invite you to interview so we can decide whether to make you an offer.

      Check out our Interview Guide to learn what to expect and help you prepare.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Park, Cheltenham CP66 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham CP66

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Football Reporter
  • Digital Sports Video Producer
  • National Newspaper Sub-editor
  • Communications Officer for Premier League/Championship club
  • TV Sports Presenter
  • Online Sports Reporter
  • Premier League Club Video Producer
  • Football Club Communications Officer.

Industry links

We pride ourselves on the range of industry ties we have – these connections frequently result in students securing placements and jobs with some of the most recognisable sports media brands in the world. Students have gained work experience and paid roles with West Ham United, Leicester City, Sky Sports News, The Times, the BBC, Bath Rugby, The Racing Post and overseas sports clubs.

Guest speakers on the course have included BBC Sport Online’s Tom Rostance, broadcasters Faye Carruthers and Jill Douglas, The Times’s Chief Football Writer, Henry Winter, the FA’s Head of Communications, Andy Walker, and Sky Sports News’ Michelle Owen.

We also have networking events to enable you to build your own invaluable industry contacts. We have a close relationship with the Football Writers’ Association, with many of the UK’s leading football journalists visiting the campus and mentoring students.

The programme is accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC), a kite mark which gives our graduates an additional competitive edge.

Develop real-world skills

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

Student on Sports Journalism course interviewing rugby player

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.

lecturer standing by student's computer screen

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.

Students walking up the stairs that lead up to the first floor of the Media centre at Park campus
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Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - Course Satisfaction - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations course rank in the UK top 15 for course satisfaction, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations - Overall Subject Ranking - Guardian University Guide 2021

We rank top 20 in the UK for overall subjects in Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

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

As part of your course you can gain valuable experience on an optional placement year.

  • Duration – 12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours a week)
  • Location – popular destinations include the UK, USA, China 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

Journalism lecturer on camera with TV presenter

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

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