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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

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.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Foundation Year in Media.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
  • 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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each 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.

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement year 4 years Apply

Media Foundation Year route

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement year 5 years Apply
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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • The Writing Journey Begins
    This module will provide you with the building blocks on which your career will be founded. You will learn how to write engaging content for a range of media platforms, specific to sports journalism and discover what sports journalism is all about.
  • Audio Journalism and Production
    This module gives you a grounding in the core skills of audio production and encourages you to be creative and audience focussed as you develop broadcasting confidence.
  • Sport, Media and Society
    This module looks at both continuity and change and considers historical and social factors that help to define the place of sport in the UK and beyond.
  • Sports Reporting
    In this module you will discover how to source stories and how to write and develop them, building on techniques already learned. You will also develop your writing style and overall sporting knowledge.
  • Video Journalism and Production
    You’ll learn how to operate professional camera kit, and how to edit on industry standard equipment. You’ll develop an understanding of how to tell stories, how to present to camera, write scripts, work to deadlines, use pictures to drive editorial and learn just how powerful a visual medium can be.
  • Media Law
    Building upon existing knowledge and understanding of journalism and the creation of news and stories, you will be introduced to the rules and regulations relating to the safe, fair and accurate arena of court reporting and how you are essential for ensuring that court processes are open and transparent.

Year two

Core modules
  • Crafting Sports Audio and Video
    This module will teach you how to make the very best of pictures and audio as storytelling devices.
  • Sports Feature Writing
    On this module you will learn how to create and craft engaging and creative features; how to conjure up feature ideas and learn the theory in targeting the right audiences, platforms and publications, and tailoring your writing style to suit.
  • Sport, Globalisation and Mega Events
    This module considers the complex interplay of relationships between sport, culture and national identities and will be considered from International, European and global perspectives within the context of the role played by sporting mega-events as media spectacles.
  • The Digital Newsroom
    On this module you’ll develop both the editorial and technical elements required to help you create high quality journalistic content. Including how to re-purpose your content for different platforms, telling the same story in different, creative and engaging ways.
  • Journalism and Research
    This module will give a taste of the broad range of research techniques commonly used to generate primary data in the communications sector, including questionnaires/surveys, focus groups, content analysis, semi-structured interviews and experiential research.


  • Editorial Styling
    This module is about the role of the stylist in magazines. It will show you the who, how and why of putting together magazine editorials.
  • Global Affairs
    The module touches on the development of the modern world. The aim is that when you are writing a headline about, say, a British aid worker being killed by a terror group, or a threat to Europe or the USA, you’ll have a pretty good idea of why.
  • Literary Journalism
    The module looks at a range of outstanding prose writers, mostly in literary journalism but also novelists etc., with the aim of helping you to recognize what constitutes first-rate writing. 

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

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation or Final Major Project
    Through this module you will demonstrate your ability to lead your own project based on the skills you have developed over your three-year degree. At the end of the module you will have a substantial piece of work that shows what you are capable of.
  • Professional Practice 1
    On this module you’ll learn how to take your storytelling to a professional level using audio, video and text. You’ll explore the world of investigative journalism, discovering the role your storytelling can play in delivering hard-hitting content.
  • Professional Practice 2
    On this module you’ll learn how to take your storytelling to a professional level using audio, video and text. You’ll explore the craft of film making in a news environment and will expand your editorial and technical skills.
  • Transferable and Professional Skills
    This module is all about supporting you to develop a plan and getting you confident and ready for your individual next steps. You’ll learn a range of assessment tools and will polish your writing and grammar skills in order to get you to the standard required by industry.


  • Public Relations and Promotion Skills
    Through the duration of this module you will learn a breadth of useful creative and strategic PR and promotion skills. Topics include campaign planning, event management, media relations tools and tactics, press release and pitch writing amongst others.
  • Photography
    This module will develop your photography skills to a very high level, allowing you to be creative and professional in your image making.
  • Travel Journalism
    This modules explores travel journalism and how writing about it can help you to become a more creative, colourful, confident and employable writer.
  • Sports Commentary and Esports
    On this module you’ll learn how to craft your storytelling in commentary and reporting form.

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


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

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.


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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