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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 attract global audiences. This course will prepare you for a career reporting on iconic sporting events.

  • Available in Clearing

York campus

  • UCAS code – P3L3
  • Duration – 3 years full time, 6 years part time
  • Start date – September 2024, September 2025
  • 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 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

Discover Journalism

Dr Jonathan Brown, Senior Lecturer in Media Production and Journalism introduces us to Journalism at York St John University.

Course overview

On this course you will learn to write, record, film and present across a wide range of sports media platforms. Our audience-focused teaching will demonstrate how to use analytics and SEO strategies to get your story to the people who care about it most. You will explore the future of sports journalism, in which your stories might be experienced in virtual reality (VR) or played as games.

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

Your learning will be practical, but that hands on experience will be underpinned by academic study concerning media law and regulation. To prepare for a future as a trustworthy and credible journalist, you will develop broad skills in critical thinking and information analysis.

Alongside your tutors, who all have professional experience in the industry, you will 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 your introduction to journalistic practice, focusing on key areas such as:

  • News gathering
  • Sports reporting
  • Feature writing

Through this you will discover the core principles of both professional news and sports journalism. Ethics and accuracy are key to good journalism, and so you will explore the contexts and constraints of writing credible pieces.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Storytelling is key to journalism, and on this module 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 and 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 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 our online platform, The Yorkie. This is a great opportunity to present your work for public consumption. You will explore new writing and learn 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 consider 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 

A knowledge of the laws surrounding media production is essential for a successful journalist or producer. On this module 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 sports radio news and audio features. To demonstrate your learning, you will create engaging content in a variety of forms, including:

  • Match reports, analysis and punditry
  • Press conferences
  • Writing news for radio, such as voicers, copy and headlines
  • Creative audio news and feature programming
  • Studio training
  • Voice training and presentation

Completion of this module is essential to gaining your BJTC accreditation.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

This module provides an introduction to the world of magazine creation, curation and publication. You will explore core concepts of production and design, learning to produce magazine content that attracts and engages audiences. When putting together materials, you will consider the specific target audiences for your project and carry out market research to help you content tailored for them. For your assessment you will produce an original 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: 20

Optional module

On this module you will further develop your knowledge of the laws and ethics that surround the media. Sports media has significant impact through sports advertising, sponsorship and staging multi sport events. You will investigate key cultural issues in sport, such as gambling, racism, sexism, homophobia, stereotyping and exclusion. The portfolio you create for assessment will reflect sport's role in culture and society. Your work will be based around the analysis of existing documents that explore sports governance. These could include:

  • Reports from local council meetings
  • National government records
  • Articles on an issue of public interest 

Credits: 40

Optional module

On this module you will work in a studio to produce a television news programme and sports bulletin. You will develop your skills in a professional setting and work to a tight deadline to produce quality sports journalism. While researching your sports topic of choice, you will consider visual media across social, cultural and industrial contexts. Your assessed work will be a portfolio of sports journalism that will be broadcast across multiple days and platforms.

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

On this module you will develop your own research project on a sports journalism or media topic you are passionate about. This could relate to your career aspirations, your practical work, or a theoretical concept. In preparation for this, 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: 20

Compulsory module

This module is an 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, as well as building your professional network. Alongside your placement, you will attend seminars and workshops hosted by a range of industry professionals.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will produce a portfolio that reflects all of the skills, knowledge and experience you have developed across your studies. You will run a news sports desk across multiple days, under the supervision of your tutor. Taking on the role of a journalist, you will investigate stories, arrange coverage, and ensure that everything meets legal and ethical standards. During your project, you will cover areas including:

  • Match reports 
  • Press conference 
  • Punditry 
  • Mobile reporting and dissemination 
  • Interactive media 
  • Graphics and data journalism

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will bring together the knowledge and skills you have developed throughout your degree to produce a substantial piece of sports journalism. 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.

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.

Calculate your UCAS Tariff points

Additional requirements 

All Journalism/Sports Journalism applicants who meet or exceed our entry requirements and provide a suitable personal statement will receive an offer. These applicants will be then contacted by one of our academics via email for an informal interview virtually. A successful interview can result in the academic recommending an ‘upgrade’ to an offer to unconditional.

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

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 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 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 2024 entry £9,250 per year full time

    International 2024 entry £11,500 per year full time

International 2024 entry

The tuition fee for 2024 entry to this course is £11,500 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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