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Undergraduate Course

Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Develop your skills in the exciting world of sports journalism. Tell compelling stories and make an impact on media culture.

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On this industry focused course, you will immerse yourself in the world of sports journalism. Being a great journalist requires the ability to tell compelling human stories that enthral global audiences. You will become prepared for a career covering iconic events, such as the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup, and the League of Legends championship.

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York campus

  • UCAS Code – P3L3
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2023
  • School – School of the Arts

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

Discover Journalism at York St John University

Course overview

On this course you will learn how to to write, record and film for any sports media platform. Our audience focused teaching will show you how to use analytics and SEO strategies to get your story to the people who will care about it. You'll look at the future of sports journalism, when your stories might be experienced in VR or played as games.

The media landscape is rapidly changing and developing. Within your first few weeks you’ll produce real sports news products for an audience. During years 2 and 3, you’ll work to deadlines and produce live multimedia broadcasts. Your work will be featured on public facing news outlets.

Your learning will be practical, but that hands on experience will be underpinned by the teaching of media law and regulation. To be a trustworthy and credible journalist, you will develop broad skills in critical thinking and information analysis.

Alongside your tutors, who all have professional experience, you’ll work with guest editors and industry practitioners. You will build your own professional networks and establish relationships with a variety of media experts.

You will be able to get involved in:

  • Writing for The Yorkie, our news website
  • Getting involved with our Students' Union radio station
  • Working with digital media agency, York Mix, to publish your stories online
  • Working on live projects with external clients such as BBC Radio and Aesthetica magazine

 

Course structure

Year 1

Our academic year is split into 2 semesters.  How many modules you study each semester will depend on whether you are a full time or part time student.

In your first year, if you are a full time student, you will study: 

  • 1 compulsory module across semester 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1 
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is an introduction to news gathering, reporting, and news and feature writing. You will explore the principles of professional journalism, learning about the context and constraints that can affect a journalist’s search for original, accurate, legally-sound and ethically sourced material. Some of the topics we will cover include:

  • What is news?
  • Sources of news
  • Different forms of journalistic writing
  • Ethics and media law
  • Developing contacts

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Storytelling is key to journalism. You will explore storytelling techniques, mainly in video and audio mediums. The skills you develop on this module will include:

  • Single camera operation  
  • Video editing 
  • Audio recording & editing 
  • Interviewing  
  • Studio production  
  • Ofcom code 

You will also receive voice and presentation training to professional industry standards.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your research and academic skills. Working with visiting professionals, you will begin in depth research into an area that interests you. This research will be framed around learning about the differences between regional, national and international industries. While investigating your chosen topic, you will also interrogate the issues surrounding media theory and practice.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will explore some of the contemporary debates and issues which impact media production today. We will consider the cultural, economic and political power of media, and what this means for both producers and audiences. Through this module you will further develop your study skills, including:

  • Research methods
  • Essay writing
  • Theoretical and historical modes of study
  • Referencing skills
  • Sourcing and using evidence

This enquiry-based, interactive style of learning will help to build your knowledge and confidence in your writing, preparing you for the more independent study you will need to carry out later in the course.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

During this module, you will produce news and sport stories for the course's online platform, The Yorkie. This will be your opportunity to debut your work for public consumption. You will explore new writing and understand how to develop interactive content for online delivery. Getting the right message to the right person at the right time is vital for media success. With this in mind, you will look at how to promote your work to an audience. Areas covered in this module include:

  • Leveraging content through social media  
  • Developing online news and sports brands 
  • Timeliness, accuracy and readability in online news delivery 
  • Meeting the needs of live audiences 
  • Search engine optimisation 
  • Audience analytics 

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

A knowledge of the laws surrounding media production is essential for a successful journalist or producer. You will delve into different areas of legal requirements and restrictions, such as:

  • Court reporting
  • Defamation
  • Privacy
  • Anonymity
  • Ethics
  • Ofcom code

As part of this module, you will observe live legal proceedings at courtrooms in York, witnessing trials and other hearings.

Year 2

In your second year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 2 compulsory modules and 1 optional module in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Optional modules will run if they receive enough interest. It is not guaranteed that all modules will run every year.

Modules

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your knowledge of radio news and audio features. Working in a simulated professional environment, you will start your journey towards becoming an independent media practitioner. Time management, operating to a deadline and audio production are key skills to have in the media industries. You will create your own audio programmes and run them over a series of newsdays.

Credits: 20

Optional module

This module is your introduction to the world of magazine creation, curation and publication. You will explore core concepts of production and design that attract and engage audiences. When putting together materials, you will consider the specific target audiences for your project and do market research to gather content tailored for them.

For your assessment you will produce an original sports magazine, as well as undertaking market research to support your brand.

Credits: 20

Optional module

Understanding the industry and practices of PR and Communications is essential for journalistic success. On this module, you will work on a real PR campaign to promote your own sports media project. You work will be influenced by investigations into the following key concepts:

  • Sports media relationships
  • Digital and social media management
  • Issues and crisis management
  • Events management
  • Internal communications

At the end of the module, you will submit a portfolio of work for assessment.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

Using the production skills gained in semester 1, you will create and produce your own newsday content for multimedia platforms. This will involve identifying and researching topics of interest, collaborating with internal stakeholders and making sure that all content is delivered on time. Your focus on this module will be delivering stories that engage on both audio and visual levels.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Journalists have a responsibility to find stories and create content that is relevant to the most important issues in society. Their roles allow for them to hold public figures to account and investigate the facts of a story from fiction and exaggeration. You will produce stories from reliable sources and make sure that your reporting is in line with the ethical and moral standards of legitimate journalism. The stories can cover any number of topics, including:

  • Local council meetings
  • War and terrorism
  • Government and monarchy
  • The National Health Service

Year 3

In your third year, if you are a full time student, you will study:

  • 2 compulsory modules across semesters 1 and 2
  • 2 compulsory modules in semester 1
  • 1 compulsory module in semester 2

If you are a part time student, the modules above will be split over 2 years.

You can find out which modules are available in each semester on the Course Specifications.

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module is your opportunity to gain vital experience in a professional sports journalism or media setting. Supported by your tutors, you will spend 200 hours working in a professional media environment. During this time, you will contribute to the creation, publication and execution of media outputs for live audiences. You will create opportunities to build your own professional network. Alongside your placement, you will attend seminars and workshops hosted by a range of industry professionals.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

This is a year long module on which you will work under the conditions of a professional newsroom. With your supervisor acting as Editor-in-Chief, you will run newsdays, finding stories and covering them. All of the work you produce will meet legal and ethical standards across multimedia platforms. The content you will create includes:

  • A TV or audio news package 
  • Presentation of a TV or radio magazine programme 
  • A series of multimedia website articles 

Completion of this module is essential for you to gain your Broadcast Journalism Teaching Council accreditation.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop your own research project on a media topic you are passionate about. This could relate to your career aspirations, your practical work, or a theoretical concept. We will teach you about research methods and ethics so that you can apply ethical research methods to your work. You can choose to write a traditional dissertation or a piece of practice-led work. Alternatively, you could produce a piece of critical media and write a short thesis to support it.

Credits: 40

Compulsory module

On this module you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have developed to produce a substantial piece of journalistic media. This could be in the form of a documentary, a series of written features, or a magazine. You will present a project proposal to your supervisor which will include an explanation of the idea, target audience and budgets, plans for distribution, and marketing materials. You will then plan and produce the media artefact, working either individually or as part of a team.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

We have designed this module to help you prepare for graduation and entering industry. You will reflect on the experiences you have had on your degree, highlight your successes and identify any areas for development. We will help you to create an online portfolio of your journalistic work that showcases your skills to future employers. As part of the module you will take part in CV workshops and careers events and receive 2 hours of voice and presentation coaching.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

The best way to learn a subject like sports journalism is by doing it. We will deliver your modules through:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Newsdays
  • Technical demonstrations
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials

Each module has 2 to 6 hours of contact time a week. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday.

You will also need to conduct independent study outside of this time. This might include reading, researching and completing your assignments. You can also arrange academic tutorials with your module tutors throughout the year to receive feedback on your work and discuss the course content.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.

Assessment

Assessment types are usually based on practical coursework and vary from module to module. Some of your assessments might include:

  • Portfolios of practical work
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • 1 exam on media law

For each assessment you will have the chance to talk to a tutor about your work before submission. Each assessment will be marked and returned with feedback so you can improve your work.

Career outcomes

Your future with a degree in Sports Journalism

On this course you will gain the skills you need to succeed in a career as a sports journalist or within a role in the wider sports media industry. You will develop your research, interview and reporting skills as well as your knowledge of digital media. Skills such as communication, critical analysis and an ability to work to deadlines are in high demand in a range of careers.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Digital sports copywriter
  • Broadcast journalist
  • Sports magazine features editor
  • Newspaper sports journalist
  • Press sub-editor
  • Sports web content manager

Discover more career options on Prospects careers advice pages.

You could also progress onto a postgraduate degree and take your learning even further.

Postgraduate degrees at York St John University

Media Production MA

Whatever your ambitions, we can help you get there.

Our careers service, LaunchPad provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support doesn't end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain experience and confidence to succeed.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    104 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 7.5 (with no skill below 7.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Portfolio Day

If your application is successful, you will be invited to a portfolio day. On the day, you will show your work with our tutors and share with them your passion for the subject.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Mature entry offer scheme

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and Funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK, or internationally (outside the UK). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK 2023 entry

The tuition fee for 2023 entry onto this course is:

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time

These prices apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page:

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

Tuition Fees

    UK 2022 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2022 entry £13,000 per year full time

International 2022 entry

The tuition fee for 2022 entry to this course is £13,000 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Student Visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your degree:

International Fees and Funding

Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

For detailed information on accommodation and living costs, visit our Accommodation pages.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

For advice on everything from applying for scholarships to finding additional financial support email fundingadvice@yorksj.ac.uk.

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