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Birmingham City University

Sports Journalism with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: P50H

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,D,D

A maximum of three subjects are considered. Other 6-unit qualifications can be considered in lieu of one or two A-level subjects. excluded subjects General Studies and Critical Thinking

60 credits overall - 15 credits at level 2 and 45 credits at level 3 Arts, Media and Publishing subjects preferred but other subjects also considered. GCSE English Language at grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent qualifications must be achieved at application stage.

Must be in a topic related to the degree subject being applied for. Points achieved may be considered if applicant is falling short on A-Level points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade 4. Equivalent qualifications can be considered in lieu of GCSE subjects as long as the required subject are covered refer to tutor Must have been achieved at the point of application City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication Must have been achieved at the point of application

Total of 10 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects. Successful completion of IB Diploma with minimum IB point score of 24 or more English Group A - Grade 4 or above, or English Group B and Ab Initio - Grade 5

80 points, including minimum of 2 higher level passes Must include English language at Standard Level English language at Standard Level must have been achieved at the point of application

Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diplomas of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma

D*D*

Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

Must be offered along with either two A-levels or two BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points. Cannot be offered as a standalone qualification.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MM

Can be offered along with either one A-level or one BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma qualification to achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

Scottish Advanced Higher

D,D,D

Must include English Language at Standard Grade Maximum of three Advanced Highers can be considered together.

Scottish Higher

B,B,B

80 points, minimum BBB from 3 higher level passes Must include English Language at Standard Grade

UCAS Tariff

80
100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Journalism

Get practical preparation for a career in sports journalism with BA (Hons) Sports Journalism. You’ll get the chance to develop the skills to cover a range of sports stories for print, digital, TV and radio, including covering live matches and competitions, interviewing key figures and running collaborative liveblogs. You’ll also explore the global impact of sports journalism on audiences. Students will be armed with mobile reporting kits to work as real reporters from day one.

We pride ourselves on teaching creative, contemporary journalism underpinned by traditional values and skills. That means learning the core media and communication skills that every working reporter needs before you specialise in an area that interests you.

You’ll be challenged academically – often by some of the industry’s leading names – and you’ll be expected to undertake meaningful work experience placements in media environments, and work on live stories, learning how to craft a story in a way that engages the audience.

By the time you graduate, you’ll be a thinking journalist with a specialism in sports. You’ll also be adaptable to the changes that the industry faces. Birmingham City University's journalism graduates have gone on to work for Sky, BBC, Trinity Mirror and the Express & Star. Others have scooped prestigious awards at the Midlands Media Awards while still studying.

This four year programme has been specifically designed to allow students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for a three year degree, to undertake additional level 3 study designed to ensure they are successful on their chosen degree programme.

After successful completion of your foundation year, you will have the flexibility to switch (should you wish to change direction) onto a number of related undergraduate degree programmes within Birmingham School of Media.

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism is delivered by industry experts from broadcast, print and digital and provides a strong foundation for a future professional career with a range of sports outlets. You’ll be able to use your own mobile reporting kit when you arrive, allowing you to work as a real reporter from day one.

Our Live Newsroom modules will get you to the heart of the action, covering a range of stories, preparing coverage for our award-winning Birmingham Eastside website and other partner outlets. You’ll get the chance to apply practical mobile reporting skills in a real-world environment for platforms including TV, radio, print and digital. Our strong links with key journalism organisations means you’ll also get the chance to work on live projects throughout the course.

Teaching is delivered in industry-standard facilities, as well as on location at matches and events thanks to our focus on mobile reporting. Our newsroom media hub also allows for collaborative work as part of the wider University journalism community.

By tackling real stories, you will quickly develop a sense of the impact they can have. There will be a chance to undertake placements as well as embed yourself within communities and sports organisations to tackle key issues in real depth.

The focus on innovation and entrepreneurship will encourage you to think critically about the journalism landscape. This will allow you to be one step ahead of the game and spot the next big move in the world of sports journalism.

**Subject to approval**

This course is in the final stages of approval to ensure it meets the very highest standards of quality, creativity and applied learning.

Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Parkside Building Campus

Department:

Birmingham School of Media

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