Sport Journalism BA (Hons)

About the course

The growth and commercialisation of sport and rapid development of digital and social media tools makes sports journalism an exciting and fast-moving branch of the industry.

This specialist course enables you to develop the practical and critical skills needed by 21st century sports journalists - covering the traditional research and writing skills as well as those needed to handle new and developing media forms.

Inform your journalism with knowledge of the wider political, social, historical and economic sporting environment, and gain core communication skills, and ethical and legal knowledge essential to all journalists.

Live assignment

The University of Bedfordshire’s Sport Journalism team had the task of delivering live commentary and interviewing the players of a Luton FC match. See the team in action in this video.

Orsi Zsuppan, the first year Sports Journalism, assistant producer Vote 2017

It was a bit frightening to fulfil a role like this, but getting all that support from the lecturers made the job so much easier and I think we had lots of fun after all. The presenters were brilliant, it was a pleasure to work with them. It was such a great experience. Really, thank so much for the night, I really enjoyed being part of this fantastic team!

Jake Nichol, first year Sports Journalism, online reporter Vote 2017

It was epic.

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course Level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - P590
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start Dates - Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full-time
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This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.

A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course. 

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification. 

There is also a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2019.


With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire. 

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree. 

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

 

Why study a Foundation Year degree?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 

Why choose this course?

Journalism in Guardian League 2018

  • Learn core practical and critical skills in journalism, and apply them to a sports specialism
  • Study sports law and governance as well as gaining multimedia skills
  • Develop a portfolio of work and contacts while honing your journalism skills through regular newsdays
  • Gain practical, real-life journalism experience and transferable skills highly valued by graduate employers in many industries
  • Explore opportunities for practical professional experience
  • Benefit from a course that could lead to a career as a sports journalist, news journalist, web content manager, public relations officer, teacher and manager, of into further study
  • First class tuition in both sports reporting and general journalism across a range of platforms from industry specialists
  • Opportunity to have your own radio show on our community radio station, RadioLab
  • Report from Year 1 for our news website
  • Master the law and the regulation you need to operate as a professional journalist
  • Study the world of sport in depth, hearing from leading academics and participants
  • Great trips and lots of guest speakers from the world of both sport and the media

Former BBC Sports Correspondent, Adrian Warner joined the University in 2015 as a Senior Lecturer. During a reporting career which began in 1988, he’s covered 13 Olympics and five World Cups. He’s worked for the Evening Standard, Reuters and the BBC and reported from more than 25 countries.Adrian Warner broadcasting

He’ll combine teaching you with continuing to report major sporting events.

Adrian has recently covered the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for Reuters news agency. You can follow his work in industry via Twitter - @adrian_warner

The course where students don’t just study – they do!

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What will I learn?

Units

  • Introduction To Broadcast News Skills (MED056-1) Compulsory
  • Introduction To The Journalism Industry (MED002-1) Compulsory
  • Reporting And Writing (MED011-1) Compulsory
  • Sport In Society (MED019-1) Compulsory
  • Broadcast Newsday (MED075-2) Compulsory
  • Journalism Law And Public Administration (MED012-2) Compulsory
  • Law, Regulation & Public Administration (MED077-2) Compulsory
  • Practical Sports Journalism (MED018-2) Compulsory
  • Print Production And Design (MED020-2) Compulsory
  • Future Digital Production (MED034-2) Optional
  • Public Relations And Marketing (MED079-2) Optional
  • Radio (MED021-2) Optional
  • The Art And Craft Of Journalism (MED081-2) Optional
  • Special Project For Journalism (MED036-3) Compulsory
  • Sport, Media And Culture (MED018-3) Compulsory
  • Ethics And Journalism (MED020-3) Optional
  • Magazine And Online Publishing (MED012-3) Optional
  • Radio 24/7 (MED013-3) Optional
  • Sound, Image And Interaction (MED081-3) Optional

How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods vary across the course, enabling you to develop strategies for a range of tasks, methods of evaluation and presentation giving you valuable employability experience.

Individual tutors offer the opportunity to discuss any feedback in more detail at each level of study.

As your skills and subject knowledge develop over the duration of your course, it is expected you will develop increasingly sophisticated responses to assessment and employ increasingly effective methods of peer and self-review.

  • Year 1 - 20% of assessment is by exam, 52% by coursework and 28% practical assessment.
  • Year 2 - 15% of assessment is by exam, 85% by coursework.
  • Year 3 - 100% by coursework.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS introduced a new tariff for courses from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 112 points with 96 points from at least 2 A level passes
  • At least 112 points with Distinction Merit Merit in BTEC Extended Diploma or Distinction* Distinction* in BTEC Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma (with 12 merits and 12 distinctions at level 3)
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff view the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500

E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

Sports media has seen a growth in PR and web opportunities that Sports Journalism graduates can explore. The journalism team works closely with employers within the industry, successful graduates and the Careers and Employability Service at the University of Bedfordshire. These links result in talks and practical professional experience events enabling you to build contacts and network within your area of interest.

Professional skills and values underpin this course and are an integral part of teaching and learning within all units. We assist every student to develop the ability to evaluate effectively and reflect on their own and work of others, and understand the demands and requirements of employers.

As somebody who is still very active in journalism, I know that the industry is changing rapidly. We pride ourselves at the University of Bedfordshire on teaching both best practice and the latest techniques so that our graduates are ready to take on the professional world and hit the ground running. We treat our classrooms like newsrooms in the professional workplace. We discuss the latest news at morning meetings, we write and broadcast about major issues in the news and we study all the relevant background so that students understand the bigger picture behind the headlines. Adrian Warner, Senior Lecturer in Journalism
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Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more

 

Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2018/19 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2018/19 is £11,500 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country
You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

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