University of Arts London Sports Journalism

University of Arts London Sports Journalism

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism has recruited its final intake for September 2017. The course will close upon completion of this final intake of students on this course. View undergraduate courses at London College of Communication.

Discover the fundamental skills of sports journalism in the context of print, broadcasting and web on this practice-based course.


You will learn how to cover real sports events, interview athletes, profile sports stars and generate original investigations alongside the new skills of digital production, multimedia and social networking.

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism explores the social, cultural, political and economic importance of sport so that your journalism will connect with contemporary debates.

The course is distinctive in its unique mix of practice and theory. You will develop both multi-media professional skills and the analytical ability that employers demand in today’s fast-changing media industry.

As a budding sports journalist, you’ll be equipped with the skills needed to flourish in a multi-media environment. You will also learn about the social, cultural, political and economic importance of sport so that your journalism connects with contemporary debates.

What can you expect?

You can expect to learn how to cover real sports events, interview athletes and profile sports stars and generate original investigations alongside the new skills of digital production. A thorough grounding in the skills needed to produce sports content for all media platforms is provided; this covers newspapers, magazines, broadcasting and online.

Specific areas of study will include research and interview techniques, writing for different audiences, digital production, layout skills and the use of social media. You’ll also develop an understanding of media law and ethics – essential knowledge during your time as a student journalist and beyond.

You’ll put these skills into practice in a series of real journalism assignments and work in the College’s fully equipped multi-media newsroom; collaborating with journalism and photojournalism students to provide sports-related content for LCC’s monthly magazine and website Artefact.

Tuition and practice in journalistic skills, as well as various lectures, seminars and guest appearances from distinguished journalists and sports people intertwine to make this course a rich learning experience. Our tutors will tailor the course to your individual career aspirations as you move towards graduation and will help you to create a substantial portfolio of your own sports journalism. Work placements are also positively encouraged.

The advantage to studying in central London is that you’ll have easy access to key sports and media organisations so that you have ample opportunity to build your portfolio and create opportunities for placements. Your contact with a broad range of sports people and events staged in and around the city means also that you’ll gain a well-rounded understanding of the way sport is managed, funded and developed.


In common with all courses at the University of the Arts London, this course is credit rated. The course is 3 years, levels 4-6. Each year requires you to achieve 120 credit points. To be awarded the BA (Hons) Sports Journalism qualification, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits.

Year One

Units summary:

  • Introduction to Studying Sports Journalism (Terms 1 and 2 – 20 Credits)
  • Sports Journalism Studies 1 – A History of Sport (Terms 1, 2 and 3 – 40 Credits)
  • Editorial Practice – Core Skills and Techniques (Terms 1, 2 and 3 – 40 Credits)
  • Editorial Practice 2 – Multimedia Journalism (Term 3 – 20 Credits)

Year Two

Units summary:

  • Live Event Reporting & Multimedia Journalism 1 (Term 1 – 20 credits)
  • Multimedia Journalism (Term 2 – 20 credits)
  • Sport and Society (Term 1 – 20 credits)
  • Critical Issues in Sport (Term 2 – 20 credits)
  • Collaborative Project (Term 2 – 20 credits)
  • Industry Work Placement (Term 3 – 20 credits)

Year Three

Units summary:

  • Final Major Project (Terms 1 and 2 – 60 Credits)
  • Dissertation (Terms 1, 2 and 3 – 60 Credits)

Developing your skills

You will be encouraged to undertake a placement in industry in order to experience professional media practice in the workplace. Students are encouraged to produce content for professional, voluntary and campaign media outlets in order to create a portfolio of by-lined material.

During the course you’ll develop practical journalism skills which are transferable to a number of media career pathways. The programme has strong links with sports journalists on national newspapers.


The information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example, because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course.

Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year.

In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.