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Sports Journalism

BA Honours

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Sports Journalism

BA Honours

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    Year of entry: Sept 2019 
  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 112
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Open Days Wednesday 21 November 2018

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Course Overview

Are you passionate about sport? Do you want to develop the journalistic skills to bring sport alive for audiences? Do you want to help people understand what makes the industry tick and what happens off the sports field, as well as on it?

Sports Journalism is about much more than match reports and events coverage. It’s about unearthing the stories behind the headlines and understanding the broader context that the sports industry operates in.

Why study with us

Specialise in sports. You’ll develop core journalism skills, alongside a detailed understanding of sport and its social and cultural context.

Be inspired. You’ll meet some of the UK’s most highly respected sports journalists at our acclaimed annual Journalism Week.

Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are award-winning with extensive industry experience and links.

Get the experience to stand out. You’ll graduate with invaluable journalism experience, thanks to the professional work placements included in your degree.

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Our Journalism courses are ranked in the top 25% of all UK universities.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)

92%

of our Sports Journalism students are satisfied that their course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt.

(National Student Survey 2018)

95%​

of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)

​​No. 2

Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018) ​​

Course Information

About this course >

Our vocational approach blends theory, practical skills development and professional work experience. You’ll develop key journalistic skills, such as how to source, research and compile news stories, how to film stories and put together audio packages, and how to write shorthand.

But these practical skills are only part of the picture – you also need to understand the broader news media and society in which you’re working. We’ll develop your knowledge of journalism theory to help you understand the context in which news is produced, along with   law and the social, ethical and political impact of journalism on society.

You’ll learn about the place sport has in today’s culture, as well as the business of sport including sports advertising, sponsorship and staging multisports events.

You’ll be able to develop an impressive professional portfolio of work and gain journalism experience through the professional work placements included in your degree. Your learning environment will simulate the professional news environment, with newsrooms and industry- standard TV and broadcast studios on campus.

You’ll also have the option of completing your National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualification alongside your degree.

Further Study

Our students have the opportunity to study on suite of MA programmes once they finish their undergraduate degrees. Our MA in Journalism is particularly popular.

Modules >

Year 1

Sports Journalism at Leeds Trinity University in year one broadly follows three strands. The multi-media practical strand will equip you with key journalistic skills, including how to source, research and compile news stories, how to film stories and put together audio packages. You also do shorthand.

But these practical skills are only part of the picture - sports journalists also need to have a keen understanding of the broader news media and society in which they are working, and this is where our journalism theory strand comes in.

This will help you understand the context in which news is produced, along with law and the social, ethical and political impact of journalism on society. You are on five weeks of placement in year 1.

Year 2

You get to develop your sports writing skills a bit more as we tackle specialist writing (features, Q&As, profiles, analysis). We also extend the theoretical strand, which will help you understand the place sport has in today's culture as well as enhancing your knowledge of how the social context of sport has developed.

In year 2, you also choose an appropriate research avenue to pursue or you can start planning whether to take the Professional Learning Through Work option, which is a project linked to an employer. You go on six weeks of placement in year 2.

Year 3

The final year all about putting the theory and practical skills to use. There is the Digital Media Project, which allows you to choose an area of specialism and then design a website to cover it.

We look at the business of sport too, analysing what takes off the field in terms of sports advertising; marketing; sponsorships; endorsements; taxation/revenue/funding; business of staging multisports events including bidding; administration/ownership; legal grey areas (Fifa, doping); vested interests related to technology in sport.

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • JOU4412 - Professional Development and Placement
  • JOU4444 - Practical Journalism 1: Introduction to Sports
  • JOU4912 - Journalism in Society
  • JOU4942 - Media Matters
  • SHN4462 - Sport, Culture and Media

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • JOU5052 - Radio and Podcast for Journalists
  • JOU5152 - Magazine and Feature Writing
  • JOU5414 - Practical Journalism 2: Sports Writing
  • JOU5912 - Journalism in Context
  • JOU5942 - Professional Development and Placement
  • JOU5972 - Television News for Journalists
  • JOU5992 - PR in Practice
  • MFC5202 - Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • SHL5362 - Global Sport
  • SHL5512 - Issues in Sport

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • BMM6302 - Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • JOU6002 - Advanced Radio Production
  • JOU6022 - Law for Journalists
  • JOU6174 - Digital Media Portfolio
  • JOU6202 - Off the Field:The Business of Sport
  • JOU6352 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • JOU6454 - Journalism Research Project
  • JOU6522 - Public Affairs
  • JOU6912 - Journalism Research Project
  • JOU6942 - Specialist Magazine Writing
  • JOU6972 - Television Journalism
  • JOU6992 - PR Management
  • MFC6142 - Advanced Documentary Production for Journalists
  • SHN6262 - Sport and Society

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 17.1% of scheduled learning and teaching; 240 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 960 hours of independent teaching; 200 hours on placement

Year 2 – 16.4% of scheduled learning and teaching; 222 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 888 hours of independent teaching; 240 hours on placement

Year 3 – 12.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 147 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,053 hours of independent teaching


At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here.  
 
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Modules are delivered through a combination of interactive workshops, practical sessions, lectures and small group tutorials/seminars.

On this course students undertake an extended News Production Project at the end of the first year which features a series of live news exercises and a 20-credit Personal Development and Placement module which features a six-week professional work placement in the spring term of Level 5, sandwiched between periods of preparation and reflection on learning.

At Level 6 students are offered the opportunity to undertake a choice of research-based academic modules and practical journalism projects which provide an extended opportunity for critical thinking and the enhancement of professional skills.

All students are offered opportunities to develop professional skills, links with employers, mentors and our alumni throughout their programme of study. You will have the opportunity throughout the programme to engage in extra-curricular activities and volunteering related to your graduate prospects.

We make extensive use of Moodle, Leeds Trinity's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), to support class sessions, and of e-resources to enable 24/7 access to learning materials from off-campus.


Assessment


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 85.8% coursework; 14.2% written exams

Year 2 – 98.3% coursework; 1.7% written exams

Year 3 – 91.7% coursework; 8.3% written exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

Assessments tailored to this course include live news broadcasts and other live news production exercises, social media exercises and, in the final year, the production of a digital media portfolio tailored to a niche market of each individual student's choice.

Students are offered the opportunity to develop their own essay titles/research project subjects in final year modules and the chance to develop their own ideas for practical journalism pieces of work throughout the course.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 112 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time.

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@leedstrinity.ac.uk.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs

​​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015.

  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University.  

  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 

  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online.

UCAS Personal Statement

Writing your personal statement for UCAS applications is your opportunity to demonstrate what makes you the perfect fit for a university. With over 60,000 students applying for university places each year, you need to stand out from the crowd - and your personal statement is key. Our Admissions team has put together its top tips on how to craft the perfect personal statement.

Find out more

Placement Opportunities

​We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

You'll complete a five-week placement in your first year and a six-week placement in your second year. Our students complete placements at a wide range of relevant organisations, from the BBC and Sky Sports, to Wakefield Wildcats and the Yorkshire Evening Post.

Graduate Opportunities

​Our graduates work in regional and national organisations covering broadcast (TV and radio), online and print. You'll also develop transferable skills such as writing, communication and interviewing, which has prepared many of our students for roles in PR and marketing.

Campus Life

What is Unistats?

What is Unistats?
Unistats is the official site that allows you to search for and compare data and information on university and college programmes from across the UK. The site draws together comparable information on those areas that students have identified as important in making decisions about what and where to study.

Sports Journalism Unistats
For some of the Unistats in the box to your right, the results you’ll see are actually a combination of results from our other related programmes.  This is because we keep our programme sizes low at Leeds Trinity to create a better learning experience, which means there aren’t enough responses for Sports Journalism alone to be represented in the Unistats data.

This lack of published data within Unistats for this programme at Leeds Trinity doesn’t reflect the quality of the programme – it just reflects the smaller, more personalised learning experience which Leeds Trinity is famed for! If you need any further information on the Unistats data, please just contact us at enquiries@leedstrinity.ac.uk or on 0113 283 7150.