BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

If you’re passionate about sport and think you’ve got what it takes for a future in the industry, this Sports Journalism degree can help you achieve your goals. You will gain live reporting experience at the highest level, including the chance to meet and interview top athletes and professional sportsmen and women. You’ll learn highly transferable media communication skills as well building an industry-relevant portfolio which will showcase your capabilities to future employers.

USW Cardiff is at the centre of Wales’s sporting community, just half a mile from the Principality Stadium in a city previously voted the European Capital of Sport. We have excellent contacts with sports companies locally and nationally, allowing students a range of experiences, from guest lectures to work experience, equipping you with the skills and knowledge to enter the world of sports journalism.

Our students' work is published on Exposport

 

UCAS Code Study Mode
2019
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
6B27 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B
UCAS Code Study Mode
2020
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
6B27 Full-time 3 Years September Cardiff (ATRiuM) B

Working with the latest equipment, you’ll have access to our HD television studio, newsrooms, and local and student radio stations.

You’ll learn how to find, write, edit and produce news and features for print media, radio, television and the internet. To support this, you’ll learn about media law and ethics, and know how to apply this knowledge to your journalism.

Work experience is a key part of your study, supported by a major project and dissertation in the final year. You’ll also look into live sports reporting and produce a major newsday project, which will also include live elements.

Year one - Sports Journalism degree

  •   Sports Journalism in Practice
  • Essential Sports Reporting
  • Fundamentals of Photographic Practice for Sports Journalism
  • Sport, Leisure & Social Cultures
  • Promotion and Marketing in Sport
  • Law and Ethics for Journalists

Year two - Sports Journalism degree

  •  Advanced Sports Reporting
  • Photography/ video for Sport
  • Digital Marketing & PR in Sport
  • Mobile Sports Journalism
  • Behind the Sports Headlines
  • Sports Career Portfolio (1)

Year three - Sports Journalism degree

  • Media Ethics
  • Major Sports Project
  • Advanced News Production for Sport
  • Dissertation
  • Sports Career Portfolio (2)

Teaching

Most assessment on the Sports Journalism degree is by coursework, with an occasional test or exam in subjects such as law.

 

The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.

Interview

You’ll need to attend an interview and bring with you two examples of what you consider to be 'good sports journalism,' ie two stories you think are well written and/or told well on a broadcast platform. You may wish to be ready to discuss your own interest in sports journalism as well as any blogs, websites, or printed materials that you’ve contributed to.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels to include a relevant subject

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 80 UCAS tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

International Entry Requirements

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an IELTS grade of 7.5 or equivalent in all four elements of reading, writing, speaking and listening.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

English Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees


  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Smartphone capable of shooting stills and video * £250
Travel to and from events and/or matches * £200
Minimum 64gb Hard Drive * £50
Subscription to quality broadsheet newspaper £50
Press card * £30
Textbooks (all academic years) * £80

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

Admissions statement

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.