Sports Journalism at University Academy 92 (UA92) - UCAS

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Course summary

This one year Certificate of Higher Education in Sports Journalism is an exciting and engaging programme of study which will allow you to turn your passion for sport into a rewarding career. Sports journalism is a crucial part of the sports business model, modern culture and is a large and thriving sector within the media and communication industries. Sports journalism is inspired by the spectacle of live sport, the drama of historical rivalries and documents athletes’ individual struggles through the lens of global sporting events. This course will explore the enduring role of a sports journalist to simultaneously capture, describe and explain sporting events as they happen, communicating these events to their audience using various digital media platforms. You will learn the skills and attributes you need to succeed in this rapidly changing sector and investigate the societal impact this crucial industry has on us all. As sports journalism not only covers important sporting events, but it can often hold up a mirror, towards often uncomfortable realities present in the societies in which they are situated. You will explore different types of media (e.g. print, broadcast, digital) and investigate the legal, moral and ethical responsibilities that journalists have towards their contributors and audiences. Your UA92 degree goes far beyond the traditional academic experience. Each academic year, in addition to your four subject modules, you’ll study an extra credit-bearing module, which focuses entirely on character and personal development. You’ll get to take on a real-life project, based on a live scenario, set by one of our industry partners. You’ll experience first-hand the current issues facing the industry, get the opportunity to apply your subject knowledge, challenge your perspectives, step outside your comfort zone and build key employability skills to prepare you for your future career. These experiences are instrumental in developing transferable skills and key competencies such as leadership, resilience and well-being, communication, problem-solving and team-working. To help you track your progress and further refine your developing skill-set, you’ll meet regularly with your own personal development coach throughout years 1 & 2.


Level 4 Subject Specific Modules: Media, Technology and Culture (25 Credits) Starting with reflections on their own everyday media usage, students critically explore how rapid changes in information and communication technologies are bound up with and shape other social, economic and cultural transformations in contemporary societies. We consider issues of media production, dissemination / circulation and reception. Communication Techniques and Creating Content (25 Credits) Students explore a range of different approaches to communication (from simple face-to-face to complex mediated exchanges) and how different forms / technologies of mediation shape and structure what can and cannot be communicated. How might a particular message be communicated most effectively and to whom? Students explore how medium, form and content need to work together for successful communication. Media Production (25 Credits) The development of excellent practical media skills is central to the programme and here students will be given the opportunity to work individually and collectively using different digital media (including cameras, audio equipment, editing packages) in practical settings (computer suites, media labs, studios) to produce media artefacts / products using texts and audio / visual materials. Introduction to Sports Journalism (25 Credits) This first specialist module situates sports journalism as a practice and profession within its current context of the media and creative industries. Students will identify key principles, concepts and approaches within the study of journalism, developing skills using different media technologies and platforms. Students get a first taste of what journalists do and the kinds of skills and aptitudes needed to succeed in this competitive and fast-moving working environment. Students are also introduced to some of the ethical standards/principles and professional codes to which journalists must adhere.

Assessment method

While engaging with this degree you will gain theoretical understanding of the topics you are exploring, you will also have opportunities to learn, develop and demonstrate a wide range of practical and applied skills and competencies. Therefore, University Academy 92 (UA92) will incorporate practical and competency based assessment of the attainment of the module and programme intended learning outcomes, where that is appropriate. Assessments will include individual and group work which is undertaken and submitted, in a range of relevant formats, as coursework in-module. These will include essays, reports, literature reviews, reflective logs and diaries, self and peer evaluations, group and individual presentations along with subject-specific skills and competency assessments.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

English language requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn't English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven't completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

UA92 English Language Requirements

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £15344 Year 1
International £15344 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Sports Journalism at University Academy 92 (UA92) - UCAS