UCAS code P500
Brighton offers the opportunity to gain the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) pre-entry diploma - the most recognised professional qualification in the industry.
About the course
Sport Journalism equips you with the knowledge and skills to work in this exciting industry. We have brought together a strong group of academics and practitioners well qualified to deliver a dedicated course. The Journalism Centre, with state-of-the-art multimedia equipment and two newsrooms, provides the perfect setting for students to develop their talents.
The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014. Entry requirements for students thinking about starting a course in 2013 can be found in the online prospectus. Individual offers may vary
BBB. General Studies is included.
Access to HE Diploma
pass (at least 45 credits at level 3) with 18 credits at merit or above. Must include level 3 units in media, history or journalism.
GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
at least five subjects including English language and mathematics. We do not accept Functional Skills or Key Skills as a GCSE equivalent. Applicants must have already passed, or be in the process of taking the required GCSEs.
For non-native speakers of English:
IELTS 7.0 overall, 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
applicants studying a mixture of A-levels and BTEC will be made offers based on the above grades.
Applicants may be interviewed.
We welcome applications from mature students.
For equivalent international qualifications
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Year 1 introduces practical skills such as shorthand, sports reporting and news writing which are then placed into context by critical studies.
Year 2 builds on your knowledge of practical journalism and introduces multimedia journalism. You also develop an understanding of how sport and media intertwine both nationally and globally.
In the final year, you embark on investigative research and choose specialist options such as convergence journalism and public relations. You also undertake at least 10 day's work experience. Placement opportunities include Arsenal Football Club, When Saturday Comes, Hayters Sport Agency and the Eastbourne Herald sports desk.
You also have the chance to write for the course website, Overtime. You can see the work that our students are producing at www.overtimeonline.co.uk.
Areas of study
You will explore practical journalism skills and the wider critical and contextual study of leisure, sport and the media.
Introduction to Sport Journalism
Introduction to Sports Policy
Introduction to Graduate Skills and Research Methods
Sport, Leisure and Social History
Introduction to Politics and Sport
Sport, Leisure and the Media
Research Methods for Sport Journalism
Politics and Power in the Sport Media
Options from a wide range including:
Advanced Sport Journalism
Sports Fictions and Biographies
Critical and Interdisciplinary Approach to Football Culture
Race, Ethnicity and Popular Culture
You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:
The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2013-14. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.
The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.
What's included in the fee?
When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.
You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.
Our website www.brighton.ac.uk/money provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.
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|UK/EU (Full Time)||9,000 GBP|
|Island Students (Full Time)||9,000 GBP|
|International (Full Time)||12,900 GBP|
Eastbourne is a thriving town which offers traditional seaside attractions, modern nightlife, good shopping and a wide range of sporting activities. It’s one of the sunniest places in the UK.
Our Eastbourne campus is located at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and 20 minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here.
Living in Eastbourne
Eastbourne’s buzzing university community and compact town gives it a laid back and friendly feel. The town combines the traditional seaside attractions with modern nightlife, a wide range of sporting activities and an exciting arts scene.
The student community in Eastbourne ensures it has a thriving social scene, with dedicated student nights at many of the town’s pubs and clubs. Eastbourne’s expanding nightlife includes trendy cocktail bars, laid-back country pubs and modern nightclubs.
The striking Towner contemporary art museum in Eastbourne features international exhibitions as well as a permanent art collection. Eastbourne's six theatres give you a chance to see West End musicals, touring shows, live music and comedy.
Eastbourne has long been the home of pre-Wimbledon tennis tournaments at Devonshire Park. Eastbourne also hosts an extreme sports festival and the Beachy Head Marathon that takes place across the South Downs National Park.
Simon McEnnis is a respected and highly accomplished journalist who has worked for many years for The Sun and, until its closure, the News of the World.
He is an NCTJ sports writing examiner and trains journalists for Sky Sports News. Prior to joining national newspapers, Simon was deputy sports editor for the Colchester Evening Gazette, and covered Colchester United FC and Ipswich Town FC for various newspapers and press agencies including the Mail on Sunday, Daily Express, Daily Mirror, the Press Association and Reuters. Simon started out as a news reporter with Essex County Newspapers where he gained the NCTJ’s highest qualification, the National Certificate Examination (NCE).
Rob Steen is one of the world’s leading cricket writers and has worked extensively for, among others, The Guardian, The Independent, the Sunday Times, The People, the Financial Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Hindustan Times and India Today.
Currently a columnist for Cricinfo and The Cricketer, he is also an award-winning author of more than a dozen sports books including David Gower – A Man Out of Time (winner of the 1995 Cricket Society Literary award), Spring Summer Autumn (1991 William Hill Sports Book of the Year runner-up) and Sports Journalism – A Multimedia Primer, and won the 2005 EU Journalism Award (UK section) ‘for diversity, against discrimination’. He is currently writing a history of spectator sport for A&C Black.
Jed Novick has vast newspaper and magazine experience encompassing the likes of The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, the Daily Express and the Sunday Express.
He has written a number of football books in addition to acclaimed studies of Tommy Cooper, Benny Hill, Michael Palin and Morecambe and Wise. He has set up three national magazines and a publishing company, and is currently co-editing The Cambridge Companion to Football with Rob Steen.
Sports Journalism BA(Hons)
When I started my degree, I never imagined I’d be working part-time for a local newspaper – The Eastbourne Herald - in only my second year, but it’s thanks to the work placement and continued support that this course offers that I am able to do so.
Professional qualification and more
I originally chose the Sport Journalism degree at the University of Brighton because it offered the NCTJ qualification but, since being here, the course has given me so much more. I know I will leave with a repertoire of knowledge beyond just sport journalism, including politics, law and multimedia skills.
Our lecturers have real-life experience in the industry we aspire to be in. Their work varies from tabloid to broadsheet which means the lessons and tips they pass onto us are invaluable.
With their varied expertise, it ensures that whichever field you find yourself heading towards, they’ll be able to help and advise you every step of the way.
Your money’s worth
The Eastbourne campus has all the facilities I’ve ever needed, and then some. The sports facilities are exceptional and there’s a team or sport here for everyone to enjoy and have a go at.
The Sport Journalism BA(Hons) has everything you need, and more, to get your money’s worth out of a degree and stand you in great stead for a career in the media industry.
Sports Journalism BA(Hons)
I am currently in my second year.
After spending two years in Eastbourne I have certainly grown attached to it: from its outstanding natural beauty to its international sports events such as the AEGON International pre-Wimbledon tournament.
At university you are in charge of your own destiny, and as a sport journalist I have been able to report at the AEGON International, and cover Eastbourne Town FC’s Ryman League matches for the local newspaper.
Learning-wise, the school attracted me because of its tight community of students, lecturers and researchers, and as a lover of sport, the wide variety on offer here makes it like no other.
Career opportunities include newspaper, magazine, radio, television and online journalism as well as public relations and media management in sport organisations. You will also acquire transferable skills suited to other graduate careers.