BA (Honours) Sports Journalism with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BA (Honours)

Sports Journalism with Foundation Year

Course in clearing Full-time Media, PR and journalism

Gain a degree in sports journalism, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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We are unable to accept applications from international students through clearing. Please complete our international application form instead.

 

Everything you need to know...

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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    What is the UCAS code?

    A043

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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    Placement year available?

    Yes


Teaching Quality

Sheffield Hallam University is ranked 8th amongst UK providers for journalism in the Guardian University Guide 2023 league table.

Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn how to gather, organise, write and present sports news, features and commentary to a professional standard across a variety of platforms.
  • Gain a critical understanding of the historical, cultural and global context of sport.
  • Equip yourself with the skills necessary to enter a competitive industry as a freelance sports journalist.

You will examine the ethical, legal and regulatory context in which sports journalists work and learn about the historical and cultural significance of sport. You will learn how to produce content for print, web, social media, radio and TV audiences.


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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other media arts and communication foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You learn through

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • Work Placements

You will have opportunity to study abroad in Europe, Australia or America and the option to take a placement year to work in industry.

In the foundation year, you will study wide-ranging media arts and communication topics, while also focussing on your particular subject area and completing assignments in that field. You will grow as a creative, and begin developing a professional portfolio. You will also become familiar with our exceptional facilities and staff, so you're fully prepared for undergraduate study.

Applied learning

On the course you learn how the sports department of media organisations operate, how to produce news stories, match reports, commentary, preview features, opinion pieces and personality profiles and how to research and plan sports coverage for radio and television broadcasts. You will gain an understanding of public relations and media liaison techniques, such as how to devise and organise media opportunities and how to write web pages, press releases, news items and promotional material.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • newspaper sports journalism
  • broadcast sports journalism
  • sports public relations
  • online sports journalism
  • magazine sports journalism

Previous graduates of BA (Honours) Sports Journalism have gone on to work for

  • Talk Sport
  • Liverpool FC TV
  • Charlton Athletic FC
  • Everton Football Club
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Perform
  • National Golf Magazine
  • Sheffield Star
  • William Hill TV
  • Chesterfield Football Club
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • industry standard, state of the art broadcast studios and exclusive access to three news rooms.

Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Creative Synergies In Media Production
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Media In Context
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Media Project
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Preparing For Independent Practice And Study
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Audio Visual Journalism
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Media Law And Democracy
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Multimedia Storytelling
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Social Media And Web Journalism
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sport History And Society
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sports Reporting And Commentary
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Ethics And Responsibility
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Media Management And Public Relations In Sport
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Radio And Sound Production
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Sports News And Features
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Tv And Video News Skills
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Football And Popular Culture
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Podcasting
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Placement Year
Credits -
Assessment
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Applied Project / Dissertation For Journalism
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Multiplatform Sports Journalism
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Digital Journalism And Data Visualisation
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Gender, Disability And Sport
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Moral Panics
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Pr And Power
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Radio Broadcasting
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Tv Journalism And Production
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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