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About the course

Jump straight into the practical world of sports journalism on this innovative practical degree, with more than twelve years’ experience of shaping the sports journalists of the future.

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism scored 98% overall satisfaction for National Student Survey 2020.

The course gets you into the thick of the action straight away, reporting on local and national sports for both online and traditional media platforms.

Taught by professionals and ex-professionals with more than 200 years’ experience between them, you will be a practicing journalist from day one – benefiting from outstanding teaching, facilities and contacts, along with plenty of opportunities to put your learning into practice.

The course has been recently redeveloped and is constantly refined to meet the needs of the modern sports journalism industry, offering a broad spectrum of skills from print or broadcast to online and social media reporting – training you to produce a comprehensive news package that will engage and excite your audience.

The proof is in our graduates. Solent sports journalists operate at a range of top broadcast companies, including Sky Sports, BBC Sport, ESPN and talkSPORT, as well as national newspapers such as The Daily Mail and The Times. Other graduates work in the media offices of football, cricket and rugby clubs, as well as creative agencies and organisations.

And the south is a fantastic location for sporting activity. Solent University is the official education partner of Premier League side Southampton Football Club, while the nearby Ageas Bowl is home to Hampshire Cricket Club and hosts regular national and international matches. Plus the Solent itself is a popular race sailing location, hosting major events such as the America’s Cup.

 

This course offers additional qualifications for you to obtain with your degree.
Additional qualification
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies

Solent’s sports journalism degree has an excellent track record of producing graduates who enter some of the biggest and most respected organisations in the media world.

What does this course lead to?

Graduating with hands-on experience as a practising journalist, you will find many doors open to you when looking for work in sports media. From film making, TV and radio presenting, to writing, editing, creative social media, or media officer roles, graduates have gone on to hugely diverse careers. We have former students working in the media teams of football clubs, presenting TV and radio bulletins on Sky Sports and talkSPORT, creating videos for social media giants, writing for broadsheet newspapers/magazines and much more.

Who is this course for?

Solent’s sports journalism degree is ideally suited for people with a passion for sport, excited by the prospect of working in a demanding, deadline-driven environment, and looking to build experience in state-of-the-art facilities and using the kind of professional-grade equipment you will find out in the industry.  If you want to make an impact on the world, sports journalism at Solent could be the best choice you make.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

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.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
Purchase of an external hard drive (£50) and SD cards (£6-20) is recommended.

Bursaries and scholarships

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.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

96 - 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, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing route:

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • The Writing Journey Begins
  • Audio Journalism and Production
  • Sport, Media and Society
  • Sports Reporting
  • Video Journalism and Production
  • Media Law

Year two

Core modules
  • Crafting Sports Audio and Video
  • Sports Feature Writing
  • Sport, Globalisation and Mega Events
  • The Digital Newsroom
  • Journalism and Research

Options

  • Editorial Styling
  • Global Affairs
  • Literary Journalism

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation or Final Major Project
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Transferable and Professional Skills

Options

  • Public Relations and Promotion Skills
  • Photography
  • Travel Journalism
  • Sports Commentary and Esports

Please note: Not all optional modules 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

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
Graham Bond academic profile Graham Bond 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

Nobody who visits Solent University goes away unimpressed – because our facilities, facing Southampton city centre’s East Park, are stunning. Setting aside our newest additions, a massive new sports complex featuring public and teaching-focused gyms and a dedicated basketball arena for Division 1 team Solent Kestrels, and the £30-million Spark teaching facility, sports journalism students benefit from multi-million-pound investment in state-of-the-art media facilities.

That means TV and radio studios, a wide range of TV, photography and video equipment freely loaned to students, an industry-standard newsroom and dedicated edit suites with the latest software.

In detail:

  • £30 million state-of-the-art Spark teaching facility
  • Three modern multi-camera TV studios with industry-standard equipment
  • Industry-standard newsroom equipped with Macs + specialist TV news and editing software
  • £1 million investment in specialist equipment including the latest film industry and TV video cameras, still cameras, and the newest digital audio technology
  • Eight self-contained radio studios used for live shows, podcasting and audio editing and production.
  • Large suite of fully-equipped photography studios

The teaching staff have many years of experience in senior roles at the BBC, Sky Sports, ITV, talkSPORT, BT Sport and CNN and have worked at the Olympic Games, the Commonwealth Games, football World Cups, European Championships, golf’s The Masters, Ryder Cup, Solheim Cup, hundreds of Premier League and Football League matches and more

Your future

 The sports journalism degree equips you with an extensive range of skills demanded in the industry, opening up a wide range of graduate employment opportunities, including:

  • Broadcast video or audio (sports) journalist
  • Reporter/journalist
  • Digital content producer
  • PR/media officer
  • Digital communications officer
  • Social media manager
  • Sports data journalist
  • Without doubt, the course and everything I learned on it equipped me perfectly for my fantastic job.

    Alexandra Fisher, graduate working at BBC Sport

  • 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.

    Chris Nightingale, graduate - Sky News and Sport

  • I had lots of opportunities to do work experience during the course, and in the end, that’s what landed me the job.

    Dan Tyler, graduate - deputy editor, Shoot!

Industry links

We have several agreements with industry partners which allow you to work as part of an ongoing ‘live brief’ to provide media coverage, including:

  • Eastleigh FC
  • Swindon Town FC
  • Utilita Football
  • Hampshire FA
  • Astrella Academy of Football.

Hear from our students

Click the image below to read one student's experience covering a Premier League football match:

Graduate stories

Genevieve's story

Genevieve Lewis - News Reporter at Link Publishing

What made you choose to study at Solent?
I came to an open day and decided that the newsroom had the best range of equipment, and I instantly took a liking to the university. 

What was the best part of your course?
The best part of my course was studying tv, radio and written aspects of journalism. If I had not worked in each different field, I would not have got the job I'm in today.

What do you do now and what do you find most enjoyable about your work?
I'm a news reporter for Print Monthly magazine and Signlink magazine. They're business publications surrounding the print and sign industries. I love my role here because I'm learning every day due to the difference between the role and my degree. I also get to travel around the UK to various conferences and shows. My role will also expand to include script writing and presenting of the weekly news bulletins for each magazine. 

What is your biggest achievement in your work so far?
My biggest achievement is being published in Signlink magazine before I even started in my position. I had to submit two pieces of work that I was set during my interview, and I received the job offer after I handed them in. I later found out that both stories made it into each of the publications. 

Is there anything else you'd like to say?
I truly loved my time at Solent. Sport Journalism is an amazing course, and I was proud to be the course representative. I never, ever believed I'd finish with a First, and to be one of three in my year is an incredible feeling. I don't believe I would've achieved a First and a graduate job if I had been to any other university.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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