Sports Journalism with Placement and Media Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS

Course summary

Solent’s foundation year in media offers students a stimulating introduction to both the study of media and the production of media content. The Foundation Year in Media provides you with the opportunity to develop technical, creative and academic skills across a range of media platforms including graphic design, video production, digital photography and blogging. You will be encouraged to situate your own media production within established traditions and styles whilst beginning to identify your own storytelling voice and signature style. You will lastly be introduced to the significance of the creative industries within the UK economy and will be encouraged to begin positioning yourself within this growing and exciting, but competitive sector. Understanding that students are joining the Foundation Year from a range of previous experiences, the course is specifically designed to acclimatise students to the university experience. For the first six weeks you will study just one unit ‘Belonging’ which is delivered intensively by the teaching team and is tailored to help build a sense of course community and ease you into university life. Thereafter units are added so that by the second semester the Foundation structure reflects the experience you can expect on the media-related degree programme of your choosing. Face-to-face academic support is available throughout, and is complemented by 24/7 access to the University’s virtual learning environment. Teaching is tailored to individual needs by the dedicated course team and Foundation students have in the past gone forward to enjoy success on; BA (Hons) Media Production, BA (Hons) Film, BA (Hons) Film Production, BA (Hons) Photography, BA (Hons) Television Production, BA (Hons) Film and Television amongst others. To support learning, students have access to Solent’s industry-standard media production facilities. What does this course lead to? Upon successful completion of the foundation year in media, you can progress onto the following courses: BA (Hons) Film and Television BA (Hons) Film Production BA (Hons) Media Production BA (Hons) Post-Production for Film and Television BA(Hons) Sports Journalism BA (Hons) Television Production Who is this course for? This foundation year is designed to help you build basic media making skills ahead of starting a full undergraduate media-related degree at Solent. Typical candidates either haven’t yet met the entry requirements needed to start on the first year of an undergraduate course or have spent time away from education.


FOUNDATION MODULES Media Design Narrative Media Project Online Media Project Research for Media Making Individual Media Project Media Industries Successful completion of the media foundation will allow you to progress onto the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism course, where you will study the following modules: YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES The Writing Journey Begins Audio Journalism and Production Sport, Media and Society Sports Reporting Video Journalism and Production Media Law YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Crafting Sports Audio and Video Sports Feature Writing Sport, Globalisation and Mega Events The Digital Newsroom Journalism and Research YEAR 2 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Editorial Styling Global Affairs Literary Journalism YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Dissertation or Final Major Project Professional Practice 1 Professional Practice 2 Transferable and Professional Skills YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each academic year) Public Relations and Promotion Skills Photography Travel Journalism Sports Commentary and Esports

Assessment method

The course is assessed through a combination of written work, critical reflections, practical projects undertaken both individually and in groups, presentations, pitches, print design projects and online portfolios.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with minimum 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking. TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the four components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15050 Year 1
International £15050 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

Sports Journalism with Placement and Media Foundation Year at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS