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BA (Honours) Sports Journalism

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Sports Journalism

Develop the practical skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a sports journalist or public relations professional.


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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
How long will I study? 6 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2022

Course summary

  • 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.

How you learn

Watch course leader Martin Smith talk about this course.

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.

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.

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.

 

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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 this course 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 online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

City Campus

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

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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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.


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Take a look around the media, arts and communication facilities at Sheffield Hallam University with lecturer Saskia Wilson.

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Entry requirements

All students

Normally GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following.

• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 32 points in a relevant* subject. We accept General Studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

* Relevant subjects are 

  • media studies 
  • communication studies 
  • film studies 
  • English 
  • creative writing 
  • a foreign language 
  • sociology 
  • politics 
  • history 
  • psychology 
  • accountancy/finance 
  • business/economics 
  • hospitality/events management 
  • dance/performing arts 
  • drama/theatre studies 
  • geography 
  • art and design 
  • graphic design 
  • IT/computing 
  • music/music technology 
  • sciences 
  • sport 
  • world development



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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. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

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


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Democracy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multimedia Storytelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Media And Web Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport History And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Reporting And Commentary Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Audio Visual Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Law And Democracy Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multimedia Storytelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Social Media And Web Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sport History And Society Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports Reporting And Commentary Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Management And Public Relations In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports News And Features Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Football And Popular Culture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investigative Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Podcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ethics And Responsibility Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Media Management And Public Relations In Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio And Sound Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Sports News And Features Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv And Video News Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Football And Popular Culture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Investigative Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Podcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 5

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Project / Dissertation For Journalism Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multiplatform Sports Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Journalism And Data Visualisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gender, Disability And Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pr And Power Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Broadcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism And Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Project / Dissertation For Journalism Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Multiplatform Sports Journalism Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Journalism And Data Visualisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Gender, Disability And Sport Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Pr And Power Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Radio Broadcasting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Tv Journalism And Production Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting part-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting this course in 2021/22 are £4,625 per year (based on studying 60 credits per year).

† 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.

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Financial support for home/EU students

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.

Additional costs for Media, PR and journalism courses (PDF, 755.3KB)

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