2022/23 entry

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism

Start date:

September 2022

Study mode:

Full time

Course Duration:

3 years

UCAS code:

PP55

Points required:

112

Campus:

Mt Pleasant

Tuition fees (per year)

Home (full-time):
£9,250
All figures are subject to yearly increases.
Tuition fees are subject to parliamentary approval.

General enquiries:

0151 231 5090

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175

APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk

International enquiries

international@ljmu.ac.uk

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Why study Sports Journalism at Liverpool John Moores University?

  • 90% of graduate in work or doing further study 15 months after the course - 2020 National Student Survey
  • Study and work in Liverpool Screen School's £38 million Redmonds Building, giving you access to state of the art facilities including editing suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio    
  • Opportunities to undertake work placements with leading media outlets and sports clubs
  • Study in a friendly environment with a dedicated personal tutor
  • Large range of highly focused modules to develop your journalistic skills
  • Opportunities to write for and publish on the highly regarded JMU Journalism website and printed newspaper
  • Discover the full spectrum of LJMU Sport degrees - when it comes to sport, we've got it covered

About your course

Merseyside is the host of some of the world's best sporting events, from the Open Golf Championship, to Premier League football and the greatest horse race in the world. Where better to study a BA (Hons) Sports Journalism degree than Liverpool John Moores University, where you will learn how to be a professional journalist, within a School which has a great reputation for its links to industry and high quality graduate training.

This BA (Hons) degree programme provides practical training in sports reporting across all forms of media and underpins it with the very latest theory. It will ask questions such as 'what is sport's role in society?' and 'what are the factors driving the surge in interest?' By the end of the course you will have all the answers and the academic underpinning to fully understand the industry's future direction.

You will have access to the Liverpool Screen School's industry-standard facilities, helping you secure the hands-on experience you will need in your day-to-day work as a journalist. These facilities include edit suites, newsrooms, radio sound studios and a TV studio.

​Our strong links with local newspapers, television companies and radio stations mean that there will be opportunities for invaluable work experience during the course, and you will be encouraged to get involved with various student media outlets in Liverpool, including our own website.

If you would like to see some of the work published by our students, take a look at their website

"Once I graduated with a degree in Journalism from LJMU, I moved to London and worked for a small media company. This allowed me to express my creativity and produce short TV news packages for an online audience. Skills I had gained at university matched perfectly with those required, so I was in my element."

Louisa Collington, BA (Hons) Journalism graduate and Sky Sports Rugby Union Researcher

Professional accreditation/links

​The Liverpool Screen School has strong links with local, national and international media organisations including the BBC, ITV, Trinity Mirror, Lime Pictures, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, National Union of Journalists, Radio Academy, Institute of Communication Ethics, Association for Journalism Education and One World Media. Such connections provide excellent opportunities for student work placements and research projects.

Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students

Fees

The fees quoted above cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to purchase your own for independent study and online learning activities)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)
  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)

Money

  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)

Funding

There are many ways to fund study for home and international students. From loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist funding pages.

Employability

As a Sports Journalism graduate, will possess all of the practical skills required to enable you to work in a variety of roles connected to the industry.

LJMU journalism graduates have a good track record of employment, forging successful careers as reporters, writers, editors, specialist correspondents, freelance journalists and television presenters. As well as working in television and news publishing, they can be found in broadcasting and news agencies, public relations departments and consultancies, web-based media and local authority press departments.

Careers, Employability and Enterprise Service

We are committed to ensuring all of our students experience a transformation in their employability skills and mindset and their career trajectory. A wide range of opportunities and support is available to you, within and beyond your course.

Every undergraduate curriculum includes Future Focus, an e-learning resource and workshop designed to help you to develop personal insight into your talents, passion and purpose. It will enable you to become more proactive, adaptable and resilient in your awareness and approach to career possibilities. You’ll be encouraged to engage with personal and professional development opportunities.

A suite of learning experiences, services and opportunities is available to final year students to help ensure you leave with a great onward plan and the means to make it a reality.

Our Centre for Entrepreneurship can help you to grow your enterprise skills and to research, plan and start your own business. You also have access to Careers Zone 24/7, LJMU’s state-of-the-art suite of online tools and resources; opportunities for flexible, paid and part-time work through Unitemps, themed webinars; an annual programme of employer events; funded extracurricular internships and one-to-one advice to accelerate your job search, CV and interview technique.

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What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study

Further guidance on modules

Modules are designated core or option in accordance with professional body requirements, as applicable, and LJMU’s Academic Framework Regulations.

Whilst you are required to study core modules, optional modules are also included to provide you with an element of choice within the programme. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Where changes to modules are necessary these will be communicated as appropriate.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course:

Programme specification document (PDF)

Level 4

Core modules

Studying as Journalists
20 credits

This module introduces you to legal and ethical constraints and the regulation systems affecting you as journalists, along with issues related to risk assessment. You will understand how to study efficiently and well in higher education and will be equipped with the tools to help you do well during your academic career. This includes writing and research techniques, use of the libraries and electronic resources, correct referencing, and the avoidance of plagiarism.

Introduction to Reporting
20 credits

This module is designed to teach you the beginner-level skills of a trainee journalist, offering live exercises and classroom simulations. In workshop sessions you will practice interviewing and press conferences and develop practical skills using appropriate sources of information. Seminars will be used to critically analyse good practice and journalistic processes.

Sports Journalism Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to develop the knowledge and skills required to produce match/event reports across a number of sports. You will work in a number of simulated environments that replicate those that a sports journalist would routinely face, developing the skills and ethical awareness required to enable you to perform as responsible working sports journalists.

Sport and Society
20 credits

This module will integrate relevant theoretical approaches related to the study of sports journalism. You will analyse how sports journalism deals the issues such as homophobia, gender and race. You will also be able to Identify relevant examples of how national identity and issues of nationalism are presented within certain aspects of sports media.

News Writing for Sports Journalists
20 credits

This module is designed to allow you to learn introductory skills in print and online journalism and introduce them to sports reporting.

Broadcast for Sports Journalists
20 credits

This module is designed to allow you to learn introductory skills in broadcasting. You will demonstrate a knowledge of broadcast journalism skills and an ability to undertake background research in sports broadcasting.

Level 5

Core modules

Developing Broadcast Skills
20 credits

The aim of this module is to produce well written cues and story treatments for broadcast news and develop audio, camera and editing skills for the production of broadcast news output. You will produce short bulletins for broadcast media outlets showing a clear recognition of broadcast conventions in the production of simple packages for TV and Radio.

Reporting UK Politics
20 credits

You will develop knowledge and an understanding of the structures and powers of UK national and local/regional government. The aim of the module is to be able to critically evaluate the main issues and debates in the reporting of politics in the UK.

UK Law and Ethics for Journalists
20 credits

This module enables you to gain knowledge and understanding of media law, ethics and regulation. You will also research the codes of practice and how they affect journalists in the UK.

Magazine Journalism
20 credits

This module prepares you for the weekly production of magazines and newspapers in Level 6. It also introduces you to long-form writing for the web and enables you to produce and critically evaluate such work. 

Online Sports Journalism Production
20 credits

This module will build on and develop your previous production and writing skills to produce and present online sports content. You will develop some advanced writing skills and formulate ways users can be encouraged to generate news-orientated content.

Sports Feature Writing
20 credits

The aim of the module is to produce features and profiles, opinion pieces and other articles on a set and coherent theme. You will research and identify relevant sources needed in the production of sports features and show awareness of the varying types of markets and audiences available for the publication of the type of work produced though out the module.

Level 6

Core modules

Journalism Careers
20 credits

This module enables you to apply and evaluate your journalism in a professional setting. It also provides you with the means to identify your skills and match them to the employment market.

Advanced Sports Journalism Practice
40 credits

Within this module, you will be able to synthesise your skills of sports writing, reporting and production to produce journalism artefacts both in groups and individually that match or approach professional standards. You will build on previous multi-media practice working in a converged newsroom environment to develop their creativity and ability to work within a team. Also, you will produce an advanced sports journalism project to approach or match professional standards.

Optional modules

Dissertation
40 credits

This module allows you to carry out a major project of private study and research. The dissertation is student led but supported by a series of lectures on methods and techniques followed by one-to-one supervision with a suitably qualified supervisor.

Journalism Issues Project
40 credits

The aim of this module is to understand the historical context of today's journalism issues, developing the ability for independent study.

Public Relations for Journalists
20 credits

The aim of this module is to synthesise the journalistic skills acquired at previous levels and apply them to the practice of public relations and develop the ability to analyse the tensions which exist between PR and journalism.

Specialist Journalism
20 credits

This module allows you to develop your understanding of specialist areas of journalism. It will inform your practice and your theory as you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of the impact of audience, medium, market, available sources and other constraints on journalistic processes.

The Business of Sport
20 credits

This module will enable you to reflect on sport in a business context developing your ability to demonstrate an advanced awareness of the economics of sport. The module will enable you to demonstrate an understanding of the specialist terminology used in the reporting of business stories in a sporting context.

Teaching and work-related learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

We adopt an active blended learning approach, meaning you will experience a combination of face-to-face and online learning during your time at LJMU. This enables you to experience a rich and diverse learning experience and engage fully with your studies. Our approach ensures that you can easily access support from your personal tutor, either by meeting them on-campus or via a video call to suit your needs.

Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, online activities and workshops, in addition to around 22 hours weekly production work and independent research.

As you progress through the course, you will be expected to do more project research so you will only spend two days per week in class in your final year.

Work-related Learning

This vocational course offers many opportunities for practical, hands-on experience and work placements, thanks to our connections in the local, national and international media and sports clubs. For instance, LJMU has formed partnerships with various sports clubs and these important links have potential for placements and employment. Journalism alumni have gone on to work as sports journalists and presenters with a variety of print, broadcast and online media outlets, and many have found work in the communications departments of sports organisations, including Liverpool and Everton football clubs. Typically, students will receive 12 hours tuition a week and they will be expected to complement their studies by reading books, journals and newspapers, and watching and listening to news and sports bulletins on television, radio and online. The Liverpool Screen School is well equipped and there should be no reason for students to buy extra equipment.

Work experience, which takes place in the third year and is mandatory, offers invaluable opportunities to practise your skills in a high-pressure news media environment and will put you at a distinct advantage over other applicants once you enter the competitive job market. In fact, many students are offered permanent jobs at institutions like the BBC, Trinity Mirror and Lime Pictures on the basis of a successful work placement.

Liverpool has a thriving journalism industry, with one of the UK's largest and most successful evening newspapers and the largest newspaper publisher on its doorstep. Several TV companies are based in the city, including the BBC, Granada and Hollyoaks creators, Lime Pictures. The region also has around 25 radio stations, the national velodrome and countless football, rugby union and rugby league clubs.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor, plus study skills support

​If you decide to study with LJMU, you will join a warm and friendly learning environment where creativity is nurtured and supported by excellent learning resources. Throughout your studies you will be supported by a dedicated personal tutor who will be available to discuss course-related issues, monitor your progress, and meet with you twice a year to discuss your educational and career plans.

Assessment

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, but will usually include a combination of exams and coursework.

​We acknowledge that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a range of assessment methods. These include: essays, projects, portfolios of work, exams, reports, group and individual presentations, and dissertations. Much of the work is journalism based and supported by academic essays and presentations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Pete Leydon

Pete Leydon

Programme leader

Pete is an award-winning digital and print journalist and has spent 27 years working as a news, sport and investigations reporter, editor and senior lecturer. He started as a reporter for Yorkshire weekly newspapers in 1992, moving to the North East where he spent six years as an investigations reporter as well as covering all major sports during the Sir John Hall/Newcastle United era. He also worked as news/content editor at Trinity Mirror, Johnston Press and C&N Group publications throughout the North of England. In 2009, he founded and continues to run independent digital platform Nantwich News – one of the successful pioneers of the growing hyperlocal industry. Pete is a Fellow of the HEA and has taught and supervised BA and MA journalism students for 15 years, starting at Salford University (2003-2007) before spending 11 years at Staffordshire University. He also created one of the first ‘live’ digital platforms embedded into core practical journalism teaching at HE level. He is a member of the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) qualifications board as well as a member of the European Journalism Training Association (EJTA). His research interests centre on the growth and sustainability of hyperlocal journalism as well as the use of live digital platforms as a teaching and learning tool in education.

LJMU has formed partnerships with various sports clubs and these important links have potential for placements and employment. Journalism alumni have gone on to work as sports journalists and presenters with a variety of print, broadcast and online media outlets, and many have found work in the communications departments of sports organisations, including Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

Facilities

What you can expect from your School

The School is based in the Redmonds Building, in the heart of the bustling Mount Pleasant Campus and Liverpool’s growing Knowledge Quarter. The building is home to high quality lecture theatres and seminar rooms, TV studios, radio suites, green screen, editing rooms and news rooms, social spaces, and a café. It is only a short walk from LJMU’s Aldham Robarts Library, which contains all the resources you will require for your studies, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Minimum points required from qualifications: 112


GCSE and equivalents

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained Grade C or Grade 4 or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

  • Key Skills Level 2 in English/Maths
  • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
  • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
  • Higher Diploma in Maths/English
  • Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths/English
  • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
  • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Average A Level offer: BBC
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Yes
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • National Certificate (RQF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Diploma subjects / grades required: D*D* required if no other level 3 qualifications taken
  • National Extended Diploma (RQF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • National Extended Diploma subjects / grades required: DMM required if no other level 3 qualifications taken

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Further information: At least 15 Distinctions and 30 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 112 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 112 UCAS Tariff points from IB Composite parts, or in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 112 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level
Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

7.5 (minimum of 7.5 in each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.

Further information on the terms and conditions of any offer made, our admissions policy and the complaints and appeals process.