Plymouth Marjon University

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of St Mark & St John

Journalism (Sport Journalism)

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Course summary

Are you interested in the media, in how opinions are formed, how stories are told and in giving voice to those with no voice? If so you could be perfect for a career in journalism. Our Journalism degrees are taught by journalists and media practitioners, allowing you to learn about the industry from the industry. Lecturers from the BBC, ITV and The Guardian are just some of the contacts you will make while you study with us. This degree is accredited by the European Journalism Training Association. Our Journalism and Sports Journalism courses run side by side, with each team tackling their relevant subject areas. The teams learn from each other and the set-up replicates the experience and interests of a busy news room. You will produce articles for magazines, newspapers and online, as well as developing and presenting packages for TV and radio. The BA (Hons) Journalism focuses on general news and allows you to specialise and gain experience in your preferred subject areas and gain experience in all types of media. This degree will challenge you to think about different ways to think and communicate, to effectively analyse a situation and to get to the nub of a problem immediately. You will become a highly skilled “people person”; adept at understanding what people are interested in, how they might react and what their needs are; skills which will help you to stand out in any future role. You will also of course become an effective and versatile writer and communicator. In the classroom, you’ll study theoretical elements such as the legal issues affecting the industry, cross-platform publishing and court reporting. Through practical projects, you’ll be supported in putting this theory into practice to further enhance your employability. In addition to our second year placement module we also facilitate regular work experience for our students across the region, for example news reporting at the Plymouth Herald or live match reporting for the Plymouth Raiders. We encourage students to make great contacts through our guest lecture programme and work-based learning. Graduates have gained employment with Two Four, Channel 4, the BBC, The Herald and a variety of online platforms. Sports Journalism students have gone on to work in the media departments at professional sports clubs, newspapers, magazines, national radio stations and websites, as well as in the sports PR and marketing industry. Students have also gone on to work within associated careers such as production, editing, PR, communications and marketing, in particular social media and communications. Why study at Marjon? • First-class facilities used by world-class athletes • Small, person-focused university with a big personality • No.1 university in England for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2023) • Southwest University of the Year for Student Life and Student Support (WhatUni Student Choice Award 2022) • No.3 university in England for Learning Community (National Student Survey 2022)


Chris - Third year, Journalism; “The first year started with the basics of learning how to tell stories fora variety of audiences and platforms. We also covered media law and looked into how journalists develop stories. Year two built on the skills we already learned as we made documentaries for both TV and radio and wrote articles for a group magazine that’s distributed around the city. In the third year, we’ve been producing content for radio and online in fast-paced news weeks. We will also be making our own magazines and running a marketing campaign.” 1st Year The investigative journalist Journalism production: Recording the story Written journalism: The power of the word Live news: Get your mojo on Journalism production: Words and pictures Media law and the ethical journalist 2nd Year Research: Curious and creative Radio journalism: More than words Written journalism: Making Sound Learn to earn: Placement and proactivity Live news: Lights, camera, action! Visual journalism: Digital storytelling 3rd Year Honours project: The finished product TV journalism: The bigger picture Live news: The cutting edge Magazine journalism: The summer issue Marketing and PR: The buzz-feeder

Assessment method

Assessment methods are based on the production of news stories, features and essays and you will be appraised on your performance on work placements.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • European Journalism Training Association

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £14500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

EU applicants will be classed as International unless they have Pre-settled or Settled status.
Journalism (Sport Journalism) at Plymouth Marjon University - UCAS