Sports Journalism BA(Hons)
Start your career as a modern day sports journalist. Join digitally adept reporters, commentators and feature writers eager to put sport on the front pages and at the top of broadcast news bulletins and websites.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Building on Falmouth’s strong tradition of journalism education, this course is accredited by both the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). You'll gain a grounding in the fundamentals of sports journalism and communication, while being challenged to rise to industry standards and meet tough deadlines. In your final year, you'll specialise in your personal sporting interests and work on real live sports desks.
What our students do
What you'll learn
Focusing on initiative as well as employability, you’ll learn essential skills for a successful career in the changing media world. You’ll train in state-of-the-art newsroom and studio environments, and learn to work ethically as well as effectively by combining critical thinking with practice. And by learning to build your own brand as well as pitch to media outlets, you’ll prepare for the new media landscape.
Learning by doing is central to your degree. Exploring wider current affairs contexts, you'll cover politics, media law, and the language of news and opinion writing. We’ll teach you practical skills in shorthand and using a range of technical equipment, and you’ll visit a working newsroom. Critically, you’ll reflect on everything you do.
News Reporting 1
Sports Journalism in Context
Blogging & the Personal Voice
Politics & Law for Journalists
Building on your sports writing and critical thinking skills, you’ll explore current issues in sports journalism, and produce multimedia magazines and news sites. On top of learning about reporting, law and public affairs, you’ll visit local government and law institutions.
Magazine Content & Creation
Applied Media Law & Public Affairs
News Reporting 2
Sports Journalism & Communications Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods
On top of producing a portfolio and completing your dissertation, you’ll have the chance to operate a multimedia sports desk for two semesters, and contribute to creative and commercial publications and websites. You’ll also have the opportunity to take on work placements and go on a class trip to London or Manchester, where you’ll be shown around digital newsrooms like Sky Sports or Radio Five Live, and visit locations like Parliament and the Old Bailey.
International Sports Journalism
Dissertation or Mini Documentary
Multimedia Enterprise 1
Multimedia Enterprise 2
Literature & Journalism
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
How you'll learn
On top of the unique amount of practical workshops, you’ll also learn through news days, seminars, lectures, and group and one-to-one tutorials. During term time you’ll spend at least 12 hours a week on campus, and at least 24 hours a week studying and working on assignments.
We’ll also push you to make the most of our facilities and equipment by finding and working on outside opportunities.
How you'll spend your time
Timetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
- Continuous assessment via practical assignments, portfolios, academic essays and presentations.
- One exam on politics & law for journalists.
- Deadline-driven, in-class tests set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, concentrated in the second year of your studies.
- Special attention to teamwork and collaborative practice in your final year, plus the production of a freelance portfolio and an extended critical dissertation.
You’ll learn from industry professionals with experience covering sports and events like the Olympic Games, the World Cup, Wimbledon, surfing and boxing.
- A well-equipped digital newsroom, featuring news feeds and 25 workstations with professional scriptwriting and editing software.
- TV and radio studios.
- A comprehensive range of DV cameras and audio recording devices.
How to apply
104 - 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications like A-Levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma, or a Foundation Diploma.
We’ll also consider you based on your individual merit and potential. So get in touch if:
- You’re predicted points below our requirements
- You’re thinking about transferring from another institution
- You have other qualifications or professional experience
GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
We also accept qualifications equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT).
Apply via UCAS
Enter these codes at UCAS Apply and Track
- University code F33
- Course code 46G1
UK/EU applications: 15 January
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply after the deadline. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Falmouth Applicant Portal login, where you’ll find more details about these requirements.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is committed and enthusiastic about the subject.
- Has studied relevant subjects.
- Engages with a school magazine, personal blog, or similar.
- Knows about world affairs, politics and popular culture.
- Makes informed references to current developments across a range of subjects.
- Has analytical skills and can comment intelligently and incisively on recent news and events (including but not exclusively sporting events).
- Is independent and takes the initiative.
- Engages with extra-curricular activities, like part-time jobs or hobbies.
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2018-19
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£15,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £100-£200 - Recurring annual costs
- £600 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page