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Gain core skills of sports journalism. Write previews, features, sports news stories and match reports. Access industry experts, placements, publishing opportunities field trips – students recently enjoyed press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Schalke 04 in Germany! Graduate with both an honours degree in Sports Journalism and the NCTJ Diploma in Journalism, the nationally recognised industry entry qualification, significantly boosting your employability as a Sports journalist.
During the first year, we’ll set you up with Journalism essentials – writing styles, research, Media Law and online skills. You’ll look at online sports reporting and be introduced to the fascinating world of Sports Journalism. In the second and third years, you’ll study topics in more depth, you’ll experience our Newsroom in action, consider Multimedia Sports Journalism, Advanced Sports Reporting, and Media Ethics, and undertake a shorthand course free of charge.
Increase your practical experience by taking on reporting, editing and/or managerial roles on Sportbyte; our student-run website covering Sport, in our innovative mediaHUB, BBC Newcastle’s home in Sunderland and host to visiting Journalists from organisations such as Trinity Mirror (Newcastle Chronicle, Journal) and Johnston Press (Sunderland Echo).
In your final year, you’ll go on placement – putting what you’ve learnt into practice. You’ll undertake a project, producing your own sports magazine, newspaper or series of in-depth articles which will add significantly to the portfolio of work you can present to prospective employers.
Teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations, seminars, workshops, group projects and practical skills work. All our teaching staff have worked as journalists and have strong links with regional employers and industry organisations. We also invite experienced industry professionals to carry out regular guest lectures and classes.
Assessment is split between portfolios of practical work, essays, examinations, reports and presentations.
If you study this course on a part-time basis you will typically complete 40-80 credits in a year, rather than the 120 credits of full-time students. All modules are taught during the day time and you will be studying alongside full-time students.
Essential journalism toolkit – what a journalist does and how you can get started.
Understand the development of the mass media from inception to present day.
Get an introduction to practical sports journalism. Learn the art of match reporting, sports interviews, and covering press conferences.
What you can say and when can you say it. Essential for media professionals.
Develop skills in non-traditional storytelling techniques for an online audience.
Find interesting stories, shoot and edit them into compelling content for the web.
Some modules have prerequisites. Read more about what this means in our Help and Advice article.
Examine various approaches to studying journalism and PR. Shorthand Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Find interesting stories, and shoot and edit them into compelling video content.
revise and develop skills in filming sports and editing sports video, producing audio, writing for broadcast and online copy.
Experience the thrill of working in a live newsroom in our state-of-the-art mediaHUB.
Learn how to write for the various stages of the sports news cycle.
Learn the system of rapid handwriting, a skill used by journalists to quickly transcribe the spoken word.
Pull together a diverse portfolio of work based on your contributions to our sports website SportsByte.
Gain valuable experience during a two-week work placement and learn how news organisations work.
Explore the concepts of freedom of expression, looking at the conflicts between public interest and personal privacy.
Plan and produce a piece of independent work such as a magazine, a series of in-depth articles or a website.
The David Puttnam Media Centre,
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Our typical offer is 112-120 UCAS points from a minimum of two A Levels or equivalent (e.g. 1 x AVCE double award). We accept a maximum of 6 points from Level 3 Key Skills qualifications. We also require three passes at GCSE grade C or above, which must include Mathematics and English Language, or a minimum of Level 2 Key Skills in Communication and Application of Number. If you have studied for a GCSE which has a numerical grade then you will need to achieve a grade 4 or above.
If English is not your first language, please see our English language requirements.
If you are studying a HND or Foundation Degree you may be able to enter onto the final year of our degree courses. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our NCTJ accreditation we will also invite you to an informal interview. We’d like to hear about you, why you’re interested in sports journalism, and tell you a bit more about our course and what makes us special.
The annual fee for this course is:
The tuition fee includes the NCTJ exam fees. It covers the cost of one attempt at all seven exams required for the NCTJ Diploma, including each shorthand speed.
Tuition fees for part-time students are £5,000 per 120 credits. Please note that part-time courses are not available to international students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.
If you are not sure whether you qualify as a UK, EU or international student, find out more in our Help and Advice article.
Take a look at the Your Finances section to find out about the scholarships and bursaries that may be available to you.
This information was correct at the time of publication.
This degree prepares you for writing and talking about Sports in newspapers, magazines, radio, TV and online media, as well as for clubs or brands. It is also highly relevant to many positions in industry, commerce and the Civil Service, as well as to jobs in the arts and voluntary sectors.
Recent journalism graduates from Sunderland have gained experiences with employers such as Sky, Sky Sports, NFL, 4ThePlayer, The Racing Post, MTV, The Guardian, ITV, regional newspapers and PR companies.
Real-world experience – right on campus
Rub shoulders with BBC Newcastle Journalists, get advice from former Sky News Journalists and see a Newsroom in action in our innovative mediaHUB.
You’ll be actively involved in the Sportsbyte website and have the opportunity to get involved in Spark Sunderland, the 24/7 Community Radio station based in the Media Centre. Spark has won many awards and holds the Nations and Regions Award for Best Radio Station in the North East. Students are responsible for all news-gathering, programme production and advertising.
Sunderland’s daily newspaper, The Sunderland Echo, has a weekly page called 'On Campus' that is written entirely by students at the University. It’s an opportunity to find and research your own stories, take photographs, meet deadlines and see your name in print.
Other opportunities for real-world experience include Spark online magazine, SR-News website, Northern Lights website and Fashion North, which are all linked to our Journalism and Media courses.
Superb industry links
Our academics are industry experts and have excellent relationships across sports including PFA (Professional Footballers Association) magazine, 4ThePlayer, Sky Sports, ITV and BBC.
Broaden your horizons with inspiring trips – recently students have enjoyed trips to Barcelona, press access to Wembley finals and Europa league games at FC Schalke 04 in Germany.
Our students have attended Premier League matches in the press box to see sportswriters at work and have interviewed sports celebrities themselves. Two of our students even had a FIFA tournament on the pitch at SAFC with Jordan Pickford and Duncan Watmore.
In addition, our students have also covered tennis, golf, boxing, American Football, F1, hockey, gymnastics and many other sports.
All students studying on-campus undergraduate Sports Journalism courses can take up a CV-enhancing work placement, a University-led industry initiative, or a professional and business development boot camp. By the term placement, we mean we are offering you a taste of the industry which might last anything from two days to four weeks on a part-time basis.
Join award winners
Our students and graduates have been making a splash, winning awards and prizes across the board.