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About the course

Got a passion for spectator sports? Want to work in the exciting world of sports television? This practical, industry-focused degree delivers the perfect blend of creative skills and technical knowledge required to broadcast sporting events across the world. You’ll gain the specialist skills required for live TV production and prepare yourself to work confidently with the latest broadcasting technology.

BSc (Hons) Sports Television Technology is situated within Southampton Solent’s vibrant School of Media Arts and Technology. Students benefit from extensive opportunities to collaborate creatively with TV production, engineering and audio production students, in addition to interdisciplinary collaboration with students from music, film, games, fashion and other media disciplines.  

The course builds on an established degree provision across the School of Media Arts and Technology which has a proven track record of supporting students from a wide range of backgrounds and educational experiences to a graduate qualification. Our courses are designed to enable students to develop their professional identities and engage with the industries in which they aspire to work, as well as ensuring graduate level skills and abilities.

The curriculum itself seeks to cover the essential skills sought after by industry employers. These include production, engineering and technical project management skills. Having a base of knowledge in many different relevant areas helps improve student employability and ensures that graduates are suitable for a broad selection of roles.

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Southampton Solent’s sports television technology programme offers a unique mix of creative and technical content, helping students to develop the broad range of skills required by modern media employers.

What does this course lead to?

Recent individual graduates have found employment at companies including Sky TV, CTV Outside Broadcasts, and Arena Mobiles. 

Some companies specifically recruit from Southampton Solent, with NEP Visions (the UK’s largest sports outside broadcast provider) and Evertz Microsystems (manufacturer of instant-replay equipment) each taking on graduates for the last three years. 

Graduates of the wider TV production programme have gone on to work on major productions such as Strictly Come Dancing, The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Others have forged successful freelance careers as specialist sports camera operators on the PGA golf tour and cycling’s tour series.

Who is this course for?

This sports television technology course is ideally-suited to sport lovers who wish to bring this into sports television production and build their knowledge of the technologies involved. The high practical content of the course will suite technically-minded individuals who want to gain hands-on experience.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 331P
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 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.

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
  • 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.


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Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 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:

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.

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BSc (Hons) Sports Television Technology

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What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Core Skills
  • Television Technology Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Sports Broadcasting
  • Introduction to Sports Single Camera
  • Sports Studio Production 
  • Introduction to Sports Post Production

Year two

Core units
  • Managing Projects
  • Sports Video Systems
  • Live Sports Event Technology
  • Media Formats
  • Sports Television Operations


  • Audio Systems
  • Studio Production 
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives 
  • Model Your Business
  • Curriculum plus

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

Year three

Core units
  • Broadcast Distribution Technologies
  • Sports Broadcasting Technologies
  • Media Technology Project


  • Formats and Workflow
  • Broadcast System Design
  • TV Futures 
  • Working in the Creative Industries 
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice 
  • Curriculum plus

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Stuart Ray academic profile Stuart Ray Head of Subject View profile
Polly Long academic profile Polly Long Course Leader View profile
Paul Bourne academic profile Paul Bourne Course Leader View profile
Sean Lancastle academic profile Sean Lancastle Senior Lecturer View profile
Patricia (Trish) Morris academic profile Patricia (Trish) Morris Senior Lecturer View profile
Michael Saker academic profile Michael Saker Senior Lecturer View profile
Andrew Horsburgh academic profile Andrew Horsburgh Lecturer View profile
Clive Thirlwall academic profile Clive Thirlwall Technical Instructor 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.


Students studying on this programme will use our range of industry-standard facilities to develop their practical skills. These include three large HD studios, post-production facilities and a HD broadcast-spec multi-camera outside broadcasting unit. 

Students also benefit from an extensive equipment loans scheme, offering free access to a range of portable cameras, lighting kits and lenses.

The sports television technology course team’s strong industry links give students access to a varied selection of visiting industry speakers. Staff are able to assist with work experience opportunities. Recent placements have included work with the BBC and NEP Visions.

Your future

This course is designed to help prepare graduates for a wide range of technical behind the scenes in the sports television industry. Suitable roles may include supporting production of live sports content, arranging for the distribution of that content to broadcasting businesses around the world, or working with transmission companies to bring it into people’s homes.

Students will also learn a range of transferable media skills including project management, critical thinking and technology management.


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Industry links

The course team maintain strong links with industry. These links provide input on course content and development, real-world projects, guest lectures, site visits and work experience opportunities.

Students learn from an experienced course team with close links to the industry. These links have previously facilitated a range of guest speakers and work experience opportunities, allowing students to gain valuable industry insight and hone their practical skills.


Students on media technology courses have the chance to take part in a range of work experience opportunities during their studies. These include both year-long placements and short-term events. Past students have worked with the BBC, Glastonbury festival, Bestival, the Green Party, NEP Visions (Rugby World Cup), CTV (test cricket) and Hawk-Eye.

These opportunities take place throughout the year and are organised by both the course team and the University’s in-house production company, Solent Productions and students also have the chance to pitch for paid work through the University’s in-house creative agency, Solent Creatives.

Using and maintaining broadcast technologies in a working environment allows students to gain first-hand insight into the way sports productions are carried out, reinforcing skills learnt in the classroom. These work experience opportunities include both year-long placements and short-term events.

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