University of East London

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

Wembley. The Olympic Stadium. Lord's. Wimbledon. Twickenham. Have you ever dreamed of working as a sports writer there? Well, our Sports Journalism degree students have reported from all of these iconic venues in the past few years.

Our course offers an exciting but practical, hands-on approach to learning how to report on sport. By the time you finish your degree, you'll be fully trained as a multi-platform journalist, ready to write for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, the internet and mobile apps.

During our course, you could end up interviewing the England cricket captain. Or reporting on a Football League match. Or being taken on a tour of Wembley or Sky Studios. Or, here in London's Olympic heartland, writing a feature from the University of East London's £21 million SportsDock facility for our website, Rising East.

Guided by expert lecturers and tutors who are all working sports journalists, we aim to develop your passion and knowledge of sport so that you can deliver and share it with others.

Foundation year

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an extended, four-year programme. You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Without Foundation Year

112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects. 
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least two subjects.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).
If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

The professional grounding you receive in all areas of sports writing will arm you with the skills needed to help secure many different types of jobs within the sports business.

After earning their degrees, our students have gone on to work not just in sports media but other areas connected to the sports world.

For instance, recent graduates now work for organisations such as media management company Red Bee, public relations firm Weber Shandwick and Coral bookmakers.

Our work placements and the chance to learn from journalists who have made their names at organisations like BBC Sport, talkSPORT radio, Sky and World Soccer magazine open up invaluable pathways for your future.

They'll offer you the chance to earn valuable contacts, as will your close ties with the athletes you’ll be lucky enough to meet during your course.

For example, in 2012 our students worked with TeamUSA before the Olympics. Since the Games, we've maintained close contacts with UEL's elite sportsmen and women who train at the SportsDock centre, including sprint stars Adam Gemili and Bianca Williams and leading swimmer Aimee Willmott.

One of our recent graduates now works in the marketing and communications department at SportsDock.

Course Details

You'll learn about all aspects of sports journalism from the challenge of filing a match report within seconds of the final whistle to producing sport for television.

Think of London as being your classroom. You'll develop your skills by attending sports events in the capital and tracking down interviewees. Our students have covered the Europa League final in Dublin and interviewed sports stars past and present such as Ray Wilkins, Andre Villas-Boas and Alastair Cook.

You'll be expected to attend matches and other sports events regularly, as well as going to press conferences. It's proper journalism, not taking in information second-hand through the internet and TV.

The course also aims to put sport and journalism in a wider context, looking at how they are linked to politics, national identity, commerce, and even film and music.

We're also the only university to offer you the chance of studying for the Professional Certificate in Journalism. That means you can earn an important professional qualification to go with your degree.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up to date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change. 

Foundation Year

Academic Development
Creative Project
Journalism Portfolio
Narrative and Creativity
Group Film Project
Mental Wealth: Professional Development

Year 1

Essential Journalism
Photo, Audio and Video
Media Law, Ethics and Regulation
Production Journalism
Broadcast Journalism
Mental Wealth: Professional Life 1 (Rising East)

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2 (Rising East 2)
Employment and Enterprise (Journalism)
Features (1): Interviews
Brands and the Magazines Business
Documentary: Publications (1)
Reporting the Business of Sport

Year 3

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 3 (Rising East)
Final Project: Development
Final Project Completion
Aesthetics and Technologies: Publications (2)
Features (2): Data and Visualisation
Reporting the Politics of Sport

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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