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Leeds Trinity University

Sports Journalism

UCAS Code: P591

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

112

GCSE English language at grade C or 4 (or higher) will be required

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Journalism

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.

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 multisport 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.

**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.

Modules

On this degree you will study a range of modules, including the following: Practical Journalism, Journalism in Society, Sport in the UK, Radio Broadcasting, Practical Journalistic Styles, PR in Practice, Global Sport, Issues in Sport, Radio Production, Digital Media Portfolio, Law for Journalists, Specialist Magazine Writing, and Television Journalism.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£11,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Leeds Trinity University

Department:

Journalism

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.

75%
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

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
65%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
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

90%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
7%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
C
B

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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Media professionals
25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Business, finance 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.

£16k

£16k

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

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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