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Falmouth University

Sports Journalism

UCAS Code: 46G1

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

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

100%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Journalism

On this course you’ll be doing it for real from the off: developing creative multimedia storytelling skills by engaging directly with local sport, whether it’s on the touchline reporting Cornwall’s vibrant rugby and football scene, or on the beach capturing the drama of the many surfing championships hosted here.

Combined with rigorous industry accreditation, it’s a recipe for the perfect introduction to journalism.

Modules

Focusing on initiative as well as employability, you’ll learn essential skills for a successful career in the changing media world. You’ll train in state-of-the-art newsroom and studio environments, and learn to work ethically as well as effectively by combining critical thinking with practice. And by learning to build your own brand as well as pitch to media outlets, you’ll prepare for the new media landscape.

Year one
Learning by doing is central to your degree. Exploring wider current affairs contexts, you'll cover politics, media law, and the language of news and opinion writing. We’ll teach you practical skills in shorthand and using a range of technical equipment, and you’ll visit a working newsroom. Critically, you’ll reflect on everything you do.

Modules
News Reporting 1
Sports Journalism in Context
Multimedia Methods
Blogging & the Personal Voice
Politics & Law for Journalists
Sports Reporting

Year two
Building on your sports writing and critical thinking skills, you’ll explore current issues in sports journalism, and produce multimedia magazines and news sites. On top of learning about reporting, law and public affairs, you’ll visit local government and law institutions.

Modules
Magazine Content & Creation
Applied Media Law & Public Affairs
Sports Writing
News Reporting 2
Sports Journalism & Communications Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods

Year three
On top of producing a portfolio and completing your dissertation, you’ll have the chance to operate a multimedia sports desk for two semesters, and contribute to creative and commercial publications and websites. You’ll also have the opportunity to take on work placements and go on a class trip to London or Manchester, where you’ll be shown around digital newsrooms like Sky Sports or Radio Five Live, and visit locations like Parliament and the Old Bailey.

Modules
International Sports Journalism
Dissertation
Multimedia Enterprise 1
Multimedia Enterprise 2

Optional modules
Multimedia Storytelling
Literature & Journalism
Mini-Documentary

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment via practical assignments, portfolios, academic essays and presentations.
One exam on politics & law for journalists.
Deadline-driven, in-class tests set by the National Council for the Training of Journalists, concentrated in the second year of your studies.
Special attention to teamwork and collaborative practice in your final year, plus the production of a freelance portfolio and an extended critical dissertation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Falmouth University

Department:

The School of Communication

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

70%
med
Journalism

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Journalism

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
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Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
19%
Media professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Journalism

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£13k

£13k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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