Solent University (Southampton)

Sports Journalism Solent University (Southampton) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Solent University

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Think you’ve got what it takes to bring news to sports fans from around the world? This Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC) accredited sport journalism degree aims to get you into the thick of the action straight away, reporting on local and national sports for both online and traditional media platforms.
Solent University’s Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations subject area was ranked 17th in the Guardian University League Tables 2019.

You’ll work like a professional journalist from the first day, taking residence in Solent’s state-of-the-art media academy newsroom. Supported by an experienced teaching team, you will learn to source and produce editorial content to a deadline.

Students are guided by an experienced teaching team throughout their degree. Members of the team have previously covered major events including Olympic Games; cricket World Cups; football World Cups and European championships; athletic championships, Premier League football and other major events. All lecturers still work in the industry for organisations such as Sky Sports, BBC Sport, ITV Sport and national newspapers, helping students and staff to stay up-to-date with the latest media trends.

This team will support you as you build your professional network and look for work experience positions. Past students have taken placements at national magazines and newspapers, major broadcasters (including the BBC and Sky), public relations agencies, independent radio stations and news websites.

You’ll also be able to get involved in Tibsnews.com, a sports news website created and run by Solent students – to which all students are encouraged to contribute material, across all media platforms.

The South is a fantastic location for sporting activity. Solent University is located near the Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket; St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton FC; and Solent waters, which hosts major sailing events including the America’s Cup.

Course details

Modules

Year one
Core units

Ethics and Law for the Sports Journalist Sports Studio Radio Skills Writing Sports Stories Sport, Society and the Sporting Media Sports Studio TV Skills Sports News and Reporting

Year two
Core units

Sport Policy in the 21st Century Multi-platform Sports Journalism Writing Sports Features Web Production for Sports Journalists Sporting Culture and Mega Events

Options

Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications & Marketing) 2 Solent Press Lifestyle PR Lifestyle Journalism Global Affairs Magazine Production Music Journalism Photographic Practices Presenting Skills Web Layout and Web Design Motoring Journalism Sports Writing in Literary Journalism The Ambitious Writer

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year three
Core units

Sports Journalism Multimedia Project The Sports Journalist’s Toolbox Life as a Freelance Sports Journalist

Options

Dissertation Major Project Digital Photography Creative Entrepreneurial Freelance Practice (CFP1) Advanced Photography Travel Features Digital Magazine Publishing Investigative Journalism Journalism and Film Reporting Politics Solent Press Freelancing at Solent Creatives (Communications and Marketing) 1 Sports Books: From Pitch to Publication Transferable Journalism Creative Business Start-up

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Assessment method

Essays, group projects and presentations, workshops, assignments, audio and video production projects and written examinations.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code SJ01
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points From at least 2 A levels, BTEC Extended Diploma MMM, BTEC Diploma DD or equivalent qualification.
Alternative entry on this course is available through the Foundation Year.
We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.
Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview / and or portfolio. Please contact for further details.
A level CCC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MMM
Access to HE Diploma M: 45 credits
P: 15 credits
60 Credits overall with 45 Merit level credits and 15 at Pass.
AS In combination with other qualifications
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications
HNC (BTEC) P - D
HND (BTEC) P - M
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma DD
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In combination with other qualifications
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC 90-Credit Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Certificate (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF) DD
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) MMM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications
Pearson BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) In combination with other qualifications
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) In combination with other qualifications

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6)

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses.

• Level 5 (year 2) entry

To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

• Level 6 (year 3) entry

To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,875 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk. The 2020/21 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, the 2018/19 other costs were: Optional costs: Study trips in years one, two and three: £250 (Paris) and £750 (New York) per year.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Provider information

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Solent University (Southampton)
East Park Terrace
Southampton
SO14 0YN


Course contact details

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Main Contact - Admissions and Enrolment Team

+44 (0) 23 8201 5066


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