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.

Outstanding facilities

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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

With our graduates having gone on to work for the likes of The Times, CNN, Sky Sports News, the Football Association, The Independent and a variety of top-flight football clubs, 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, with students going 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. And thanks to our strong relationships with nearby clubs such as Gloucester Rugby, Cheltenham Town, Gloucestershire Cricket, Worcester Warriors and Forest Green Rovers, you will have plenty of opportunities to develop your match reporting and interviewing skills.

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. Insights into the sports journalism industry are also provided by big-name guest speakers, who have included The Times’s chief football writer, Henry Winter, the FA’s head of communications, Andy Walker, and Sky Sports News’ Michelle Owen. You will be given a global perspective by our overseas course trips, which have included visits to the studios of Olympic Broadcasting Services, the Bernabeu Stadium and some of the biggest sports publishers in Europe.

No wonder our students rated this course 93% for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2019).

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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

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Live Sports Coverage' to 'Presenting for Broadcasters'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement information

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

Industry links

The course prides itself on the range of ties we have with industry – and these connections frequently result in students securing placements and jobs with some of the most recognisable sports media brands in the world. Students have secured 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 have included BBC Sport Online’s Tom Rostance and broadcasters Faye Carruthers and Jill Douglas, and we hold networking events to enable you to build your own invaluable industry contacts. We also 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.


  • 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

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Park, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2020 entry

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 invite all applicants to interview. Your suitability for the course is assessed and we will confirm your place after we've had a chance to meet you, if we feel you are a good fit. As well as unconditional offers for the right applicants, we make conditional offers based on your achieving certain grades in your A-levels or BTEC qualifications.

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

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required.
Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeCP65
BA (Hons) - 4 years placementCP66

School of Media

Our School of Media provides industry-standard, specialist facilities so you can develop your creative talent. Our studios and production spaces are an exciting place to work together with students from different subjects on creative projects.

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