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About the course

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.

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.

Additional qualification Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Specialist facilities Further studies

This course is BJTC (British Journalism Training Council) accredited. This accreditation shows that the course meets the strict standards set by the industry itself.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

Sport journalism here at Solent is aimed at the sports writers, broadcasters, presenters and editors of tomorrow. Applicants come from a wide range of academic and creative backgrounds, but all share a passion for competitive sport.

Students graduate having published a range of written and multimedia work, making this course ideal for those who need to build a portfolio. 

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

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

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees:
 £11,000 per year 

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

Optional costs:
Study trips in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.
NCTJ exam costs in years one, two and three: £200 per year.

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be required to attend an interview.
  • 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 or the International Foundation Year.

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.


96%

of students have been able to contact staff when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?
Contact our Ask Solent team:

Email

ask@solent.ac.uk

Call

023 8201 3039

How to apply

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year One

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

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

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year Three

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

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

92%

Assessment by coursework

8%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Will Cope academic profile Will Cope Course Leader View profile
Andy Ford academic profile Andy Ford Senior Lecturer View profile
John May academic profile John May Senior Lecturer View profile
Jim O'Brien academic profile Jim O'Brien Senior Lecturer View profile
Chris Richards academic profile Chris Richards Senior Lecturer View profile
David Reilly academic profile David Reilly Lecturer View profile
Graham Hiley academic profile Graham Hiley Associate Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

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. 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.

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.

Your future

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. 

80%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

65%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry connections

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.

Placements

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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