What will I learn?

OVERVIEW

Get practical preparation for a career in sports journalism with our BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree course. 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.

WHAT'S COVERED IN THIS COURSE?

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.

WHY CHOOSE US?

  • Our unique partnership with HuffPost UK will give you the chance to receive tutorials and masterclasses from the HuffPost UK team, as well opportunities for placements and visits to their bureaus.
  • Industry-standard equipment in our £62 million home in the city centre, including six radio studios, four TV studios, edit suites, music production studios, a newsroom media hub, and photography studios.
  • You’ll receive a mobile journalism kit on arrival, allowing you to learn cutting edge skills across multiple platforms and experience the thrill of live reporting from day one.

EMPLOYABILITY

Enhancing employability skills

The course will equip you with first-hand practical expertise and provide you with the rigorous academic knowledge you’ll need to fulfil a career in your chosen communications and journalism field.

Our track record for graduate employment is excellent, with the majority of graduates going into a media-related role. The course opens up specific employability avenues related to the production route chosen. A number of journalism graduates from Birmingham City University have gone into roles such as social media editor, reporter, and trending video editor.

Which department am I in?

Birmingham Institute of Media and English

Study options

Full Time (4 Years)

Tuition fees
£13,200.00 (US$ 17,891) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

19 September 2022

Venue

Parkside Building Campus

Parkside Building,

Cardigan Street,

Birmingham,

B4 7BD, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students need to Pass the High School Graduation Diploma with a GPA of 2.6 / 75% including a minimum grade C in English Language (and grade C in Maths for Business School / TEE courses that require GCSE Maths) PLUS OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATR (Reasoning) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects, NEW (Post March 2016) Pass SAT (Reasoning) with a combined score from 2 subjects of 1100 out of 1600 OR Pass ACT (American College Testing Programme) with a composite score of 21 or above PLUS OLD (Pre March 2016) Pass SATS II with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects, NEW (Post March 2016) Pass SAT (Subject) with a minimum of 500 in 3 subjects OR Pass 3 AP (Advanced Placement Examinations) with grade 3 or above. TEE courses that require A Level Maths will require AP Maths (Calculus). Undergraduate Art and Design courses may require a good portfolio of artwork. All undergraduate courses in CEBE require Mathematics at O Level. However for the Engineering suite and BEng Telecommunication and Networks, Mathematics is required at AS Level minimum Grade C or the equivalent. All Business School undergraduate courses require a minimum of Mathematics Grade C at O Level or an equivalent qualification. Students need to have an IELTS of 6.0 overall (with no band below 5.5).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About Birmingham City University

Birmingham City University is a student-centred, dynamic learning environment, offering courses approved by professional bodies.

  • Students gain adequate hands-on learning and develop skills
  • Refine academic writing skills through workshop and tutorial
  • GBP 340 million investment in facilities
  • University-run part-time student employment scheme

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