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Course details

Subject area

Journalism

UCAS tariff points

112

Start date(s)

2020, 2021

Placements

Yes

Study abroad

Yes

Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Are you passionate about sport? Do you want to develop the journalistic skills to bring sport to life for audiences, 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.

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About this course

Our vocational approach blends theory, practical skills development and professional work experience. You’ll learn 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.

These practical skills are only part of the picture. We’ll also 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 multisport events.

During your studies, you’ll be able to develop a 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.

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.
  • Learn from the experts. Our lecturers are award-winning with extensive industry experience and links.
  • Be inspired. You'll meet some of the UK's most highly respected sports journalists at our acclaimed annual Journalism and Media Week.
  • Our graduates get great jobs. More than three-quarters of our graduates get professional–level jobs within six months of leaving.

Modules

The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study.

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Communication: Introduction to Modern Media
  • Introduction to Journalism

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Journalism Studies foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Journalism in Society
  • Professional Development and Placement
  • Practical Journalism 1
  • Media Matters: Law, Regulation and Context
Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Journalism in Context
  • Practical Journalism 2: Sports Writing
  • Professional Development & Placement
  • Global Sport

Students are required to choose one option module from: 

  • Issues in Sport
  • TV and Radio Skills
  • Radio and Podcast for Journalists
  • Television News for Journalists
  • Magazine and Feature Writing
  • PR in Practice
  • Documentary: Theory & Practice
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Digital Media Portfolio
  • Law for Journalists
  • Off the Field: The Business of Sport

Students are required to choose one or two option modules from: 

  • Journalism Research Project
  • Journalism Research Project (double module) (Registration on this module is subject to individual approval by tutors and dependent on the mark profile of the student) Students who choose this module do not have to choose any of the option modules from the list below.
  • Professional Learning Through Work

Students are required to choose one further option module from: 

  • Sport and Society
  • Specialist Magazine Writing
  • Television Journalism
  • Advanced Radio Production
  • Entrepreneurship and Creativity
  • PR Management
  • Public Affairs
  • Advanced Documentary Production for Journalists

Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

QualificationGrade
UCAS tariff112
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/ grade 4 or higher in English Language.
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Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

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.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • 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

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Our students complete placements at a wide range of organisations, from the BBC and Sky Sports, to Wakefield Wildcats and the Yorkshire  Evening Post. Many students have gone on to gain employment with their placement provider, so it’s a great opportunity to not only enhance your skills – but to get a job!

Career 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.

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