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BA (Hons) Sport Journalism

Share great sport with the world – build a career in sport journalism

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Think you’ve got what it takes to bring news to sports fans from around the world? This Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accredited sport journalism degree aims to get you into the thick of the action straight away, reporting on local and national sports for both online and traditional media platforms.

You’ll work like a professional journalist from the first day, taking residence in Solent’s state-of-the-art media academy newsroom. Supported by an experienced teaching team, you will learn to source and produce editorial content to a deadline.

  • This course is BJTC (British Journalism Training Council) accredited. This accreditation shows that the course meets the strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • Solent’s media academy and broadcasting spaces give students the chance to learn technical skills on a range of high-end and industry standard equipment.
  • The South is a hub for major sporting events, offering students the opportunity to report on a range of events.
  • Solent University has a strong sporting culture and is the academic home of various professional athletes.
  • Students are required to complete a minimum of 120 hours’ work placement throughout the course. Students can draw on the course team’s industry contacts to help arrange these placements.
  • The course provides live briefs and work experience opportunities via a website created and run by Solent students. All students are encouraged to contribute material to this website, and to pitch for paid work at our in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives.
  • Teaching is handled by a team of academic and industry professionals with extensive experience in covering major sporting events.
  • Past students have enjoyed a regular programme of guest speakers, providing students with advice and knowledge from the heart of the industry.

The industry

In the 21st century, more media channels are reporting on sporting events than ever before. As well as providing a better range of choices for sports fans, this also means that there are more opportunities for dedicated graduates to find employment in the sports media than there were in the past.

Southampton Solent University’s BA (Hons) Sport Journalism course is designed to equip graduates with the broad range of knowledge required to work in a variety of sports-related disciplines. These include feature writing, marketing, advertising, journalism, presenting and PR.

The programme

Students are guided by an experienced teaching team throughout their degree. Members of the team have previously covered major events including Olympic Games; cricket World Cups; football World Cups and European championships; athletic championships, Premier League football and other major events. All lecturers still work in the industry for organisations such as Sky Sports, BBC Sport, ITV Sport and national newspapers, helping students and staff to stay up-to-date with the latest media trends.

This team will support you as you build your professional network and look for work experience positions. Past students have taken placements at national magazines and newspapers, major broadcasters (including the BBC and Sky), public relations agencies, independent radio stations and news websites.

The South is a fantastic location for sporting activity. Solent University is located near the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket; St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton FC; and Solent waters, which hosts major sailing events including the America’s Cup.

Southampton Solent University is proud to offer our students some of the most up-to-date media facilities south of London. Our multi-million-pound media academy includes a fully equipped newsroom, several multi-camera TV studios, eight radio studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds, the latest professional media editing software and a dedicated crisis room.

Next steps

Think a career in sports media might be for you? Learn from industry professionals, work on live projects and turn your journalistic ambition into real prospects on Southampton Solent University’s sport journalism programme.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

Don't just take our word for it...

Alexandra Fisher
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Chris Nightingale
"Without doubt, the course and everything I learned on it equipped me perfectly for my fantastic job."
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"Solent gave me the opportunity to skill up, learn from lecturers who are still working in the industry and gain work experience with future employers. Now I've started work in my chosen career."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5C6
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year P5QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry P590

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:

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Core units

  • Ethics and Law for the Sports Journalist
  • Sports Studio Radio Skills
  • Writing Sports Stories
  • Sport, Society and the Sporting Media
  • Sports Studio TV Skills
  • Sports News and Reporting.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Sport Policy in the 21st Century
  • Multi-platform Sports Journalism
  • Writing Sports Features
  • Web Production for Sports Journalists
  • Sporting Culture and Mega Events.

Options

  • Model Your Business (MYB2)
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2
  • Solent Press
  • Lifestyle PR
  • Lifestyle Journalism
  • Global Affairs 
  • Magazine Production
  • Music Journalism
  • Photographic Practices 
  • Presenting Skills
  • Web Layout and Web Design
  • Motoring Journalism
  • Sports Writing in Literary Journalism
  • The Ambitious Writer
  • Curriculum Plus

Year three:

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Core units

  • Sports Journalism Multimedia Project
  • The Sports Journalist’s Toolbox
  • Life as a Freelance Sports Journalist.

Options

  • Dissertation
  • Major Project
  • Digital Photography
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1)
  • Advanced Photography
  • Travel Features
  • Digital Magazine Publishing
  • Investigative Journalism 
  • Journalism and Film
  • Reporting Politics
  • Solent Press
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1
  • Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication
  • Transferable Journalism
  • Curriculum Plus

Teaching, learning and assessment

Theoretical and academic units are delivered through formal lectures and student-led seminars, while practical units are taught through 'as real' workshops and seminars – so you’ll produce your journalistic output in our state-of-the-art newsroom or in radio and television studios, replicating the working environment you will experience once you graduate into your career.

Work experience
You’ll be able to undertake work placements at a wide variety of print and broadcast media organisations, and the course also has a number of work experience agreements with organisations such as Hampshire Cricket, Shoot! magazine, Winchester City FC, Gosport Borough FC, M&Y News, Crawley Town FC and LaLiga News.

You’ll also be able to get involved in Tibsnews.com, a sports news website created and run by Solent students – to which all students are encouraged to contribute material, across all media platforms.

Previous students have also used the skills learned on the course to obtain their own work placements/experience at BBC local radio, Associated Press, Absolute Talk Radio, Watford FC, and national and regional newspapers.

Assessment
Essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments, audio and video production projects and written examinations.

Our facilities

You will use a new state-of-the-art, fully functional, industry-standard convergent newsroom to produce your journalistic output. This is backed up by industry-standard multi-camera TV studios with autocue, radio news studios, Reuters and Sky news feeds and the latest print software.

Study abroad

The Erasmus+ programme may give you the opportunity to spend between a term and a year of your course studying abroad at one of our partner universities, or undertaking a work placement for a company in Europe.

For more information see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you are a student at one of our Erasmus partner institutions in Europe, then you may have the opportunity to come to the UK and study sport journalism units at Solent for either a single term or a full academic year as part of your degree programme.

If you’re studying outside Europe then you may be able to study with us as an exchange student if there is a partnership agreement in place. If you are studying at a university which does not have a partnership agreement with us, then you could apply to study at Solent under our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5C6
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year P5QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry P590

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Students completing the BA (Hons) Sport Journalism course are equipped with both the skills to work in any area and across all platforms within the sports media, from local newspapers to national broadcasters such as BBC Sport and Associated Press, and the practical experience in 'as real' locations such as newsrooms, commercial communications departments and TV and radio studios.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • News reporter
  • Radio and broadcast news reporter or editor
  • Feature writer
  • PR and communications
  • Journalist
  • Presenter. 

 

Links with industry

As part of your studies, you’ll complete a minimum of 120 hours’ work placement in industry, drawing on the course team’s contacts to gain positions at national magazines and newspapers, major broadcasters including the BBC and Sky, the trade press, public relations agencies, independent radio stations and news websites.

All lecturers still work in the industry for organisations such as Sky Sports, BBC Sport, ITV Sport and national newspapers, helping students to stay up-to-date with media trends.

We also offer a regular programme of guest speakers from industry, providing you with first-hand advice and experience.

Transferable skills

Creative thinking, writing, production skills, presentation, teamwork and working to deadlines.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Graduates have gone on to find roles such as news or sports reporting, sub-editor, press officer or web content editor for organisations such as Sky Sports F1 team, Sky Sports News, Southern Daily Echo, Daily Mail Sport Online, M&Y Media, GQ magazine, Hampshire Cricket, BBC Sport, ESPN and Portsmouth FC.

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Part-time

Accreditations: Accredited by the BJTC

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Applicants may be telephoned by a member of the academic team to discuss their application. 
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

Other costs

Optional study trip costs in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.

Optional NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year P5C6
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year P5QH
  • 3 Years Standard entry P590

Part-time

  • 6 Years Standard entry



 

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