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Multimedia Sports Journalism BA (Hons)

Attendance
Duration
Location
Start Date
Duration
3 Years
Location
Waterside
Start Date
September

Overview Updated 26/05/2020

Working alongside the many sports clubs, bodies and media companies based in Northamptonshire, your first year will see you learning and starting to apply key audio and video production skills. You will also learn how to write sports stories and understand laws and ethics which apply to sports reporting.

The second year will see you apply those production and writing skills in live newsdays; attending press conferences and live events and reporting on our own FM radio station, NLive. You will learn how to report in the growing world of esports and develop skills in sports magazine production and sports commentary.

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Course

Highlights

  • Course accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
  • Real-life experience working with Northampton’s elite sports teams and on our own radio station.
  • Dedicated newsroom and specialist radio equipment.
  • Benefit from strong industry connections such as BBC and ITN.
  • Learning trips to sporting events in the UK and abroad.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

Additional

Information

Learn on the job

You will attend Northampton Saints rugby and Northampton Town football press conferences and games on a weekly basis from year one, as well as events at Silverstone, Northants Cricket, Huntingdon Races, Kettering esports tournament and Towcester Greyhounds.

You will work on a student sports show on NLIVE community radio and also interview many other sports people from the area as part of your experience.
You will get to meet well-known names who already work in the industry. Previous guest speakers include Jacqui Oatley, Faye Carruthers, Dan Roan, Liam Fisher, Sue Smith.

Course Details

You will be taught by people who still work in the journalism industry to follow the career paths they still enjoy. Coupled with the opportunities given to you by our sports clubs and media around the county and beyond, this BJTC accredited course will give you opportunities to learn and be supported by tutors who see you as more than a number.

You will also have your learning future-proofed, by studying the growing areas of Esports reporting, data journalism, drone journalism and many other future technologies.

Read more

The Northampton Employment Promise.

*We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

Open Days

Come say Hello

Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

Careers

Career Opportunities

This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including…

Sports Journalist, club media officer, sports video content creator, sports commentator, esports reporter, TV reporter, feature writer, magazine writer.

Contacts

Course Enquiries

Application status enquiries
admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

Current student enquiries
SID@northampton.ac.uk

International student enquiries
international@northampton.ac.uk

Applying for 2020
Facebook Applicant Group

Office hours:
Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

Phone Call

Home / EU: 0300 303 2772

International: +44 (0)1604 894503

Entry Requirements

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants need either an A Level or BTEC in any of the following subjects: English, Media, Humanities, Sports Science or a PE-related subject. You will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

English Language Requirements

All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

  • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.5 or equivalent
    for study at undergraduate level.

For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

Course Content

  • Law for Journalists (10 Credits)
    Module code: JOU1017
    Core Module Y
  • Public Affairs for Journalists (10 Credits)
    Module code: JOU1018
    Core Module Y
  • Writing Skills for Sports Journalists (20 Credits)
    Module code: JOU1012
    Core Module Y
  • The International Sports Industry (20 Credits)
    Module code: JOU1013
    Core Module Y
  • Reporting Skills for Sports Journalists (40 Credits)
    Module code: JOU1014
    Core Module Y
  • The Social Context of Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)
    Module code: SPO1038
    Core Module Y

Course Stats

Facilities &

Special Features

  • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council
  • Our own, 24/7 FM radio station, NLive – community radio station for Northampton.
  • Broadcast standard multi-camera TV studio.
  • Broadcast-standard radio studios.
  • Free laptop with access to Adobe suite of editing and design programmes.
Reading List
  • Andrews P (2011) Sports Journalism: A Practical Introduction. Sage Publications
  • Boyle R (2006) Sports Journalism: Context and Issues. Sage Publications
  • Evans, H and Crawford G (2000) Essential English for Journalists. Pimlico
  • Hanna M and Dodd M (2016) McNae’s Essential law for Journalists 23rd Edition. OUP Oxford
  • Steen, R (2014) Sports Journalism. A Multimedia Primer. Routledge
  • Toney, J (2012) Sports Journalism. The Inside Track. Bloomsbury Sport

Postgraduate Opportunities

Further your Study

Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

English – Contemporary Literature MA

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Research

We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

Business and Enterprise

We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

Fees & Funding

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

Additional Costs

printing costs: £50+ per year
external hard drive to store material: £50
travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

2020/21 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,900

For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

Additional Costs

printing costs: £50+ per year
external hard drive to store material: £50
travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

2019/20 Tuition Fees

Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

Full Time: £12,500

Scholarships

EU and International Scholarships

We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

Sir Thomas White Scholarship

The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

TD Lewis Scholarship

The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

The Chancellor's Fund

The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

Wilson Endowment Scholarship

The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

Joint Honours Study

We offer so many courses, it can be hard to choose just one. With a Joint Honours degree, you can study two courses, whether they are closely related or completely different. Depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree.

Please visit our Joint Honours page for more information on Joint Honours courses and available Joint Honours combinations.


*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

  • Designed to adapt to 21st century teaching.
  • Full range of integrated learning environments.
  • 24/7 library and learning zone.
  • Low environmental impact.

360 Virtual Tour

Virtual tour

Updated 26/05/2020

  • Working alongside the many sports clubs, bodies and media companies based in Northamptonshire, your first year will see you learning and starting to apply key audio and video production skills. You will also learn how to write sports stories and understand laws and ethics which apply to sports reporting.

    The second year will see you apply those production and writing skills in live newsdays; attending press conferences and live events and reporting on our own FM radio station, NLive. You will learn how to report in the growing world of esports and develop skills in sports magazine production and sports commentary.

    Read more

    Course

    Highlights

    • Course accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC).
    • Real-life experience working with Northampton’s elite sports teams and on our own radio station.
    • Dedicated newsroom and specialist radio equipment.
    • Benefit from strong industry connections such as BBC and ITN.
    • Learning trips to sporting events in the UK and abroad.
    • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

    HP Laptop and software included with this course.*

  • You will be taught by people who still work in the journalism industry to follow the career paths they still enjoy. Coupled with the opportunities given to you by our sports clubs and media around the county and beyond, this BJTC accredited course will give you opportunities to learn and be supported by tutors who see you as more than a number.

    You will also have your learning future-proofed, by studying the growing areas of Esports reporting, data journalism, drone journalism and many other future technologies.

    Read more

    Additional

    Information

    Learn on the job

    You will attend Northampton Saints rugby and Northampton Town football press conferences and games on a weekly basis from year one, as well as events at Silverstone, Northants Cricket, Huntingdon Races, Kettering esports tournament and Towcester Greyhounds.

    You will work on a student sports show on NLIVE community radio and also interview many other sports people from the area as part of your experience.
    You will get to meet well-known names who already work in the industry. Previous guest speakers include Jacqui Oatley, Faye Carruthers, Dan Roan, Liam Fisher, Sue Smith.

    • *We promise to secure paid experience for you, if you need it.

      We work with employers to understand what they’re looking for and we’re confident that if you follow one of our structured awards, as well as committing to your studies you’ll be in a competitive position when it comes to applying for graduate jobs.

      We’re so confident, that we promise to secure a paid 3-6 month internship for you, if you need it. Find out more about the Northampton Employment Promise, including how it works and who is eligible.

    • Come say Hello

      Our Open Days offer you a fantastic opportunity to get a real taste of university life at Northampton and discover how studying here will be a life-changing experience.

      Each Open Day has a packed programme of subjects talks, advice sessions and activities designed to give you all the information you need about studying with us.

      To find out more about the day, please feel free to have a look at our Open Day Guide.

    • Career Opportunities

      This course will open up a range of career opportunities, including…

      Sports Journalist, club media officer, sports video content creator, sports commentator, esports reporter, TV reporter, feature writer, magazine writer.

  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants need either an A Level or BTEC in any of the following subjects: English, Media, Humanities, Sports Science or a PE-related subject. You will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics and English (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above.

    For more more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

    If you are an International student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 7.5 or equivalent
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

    Contacts

    Course Enquiries

    Application status enquiries
    admissions2020@northampton.ac.uk

    Current student enquiries
    SID@northampton.ac.uk

    International student enquiries
    international@northampton.ac.uk

    Applying for 2020
    Facebook Applicant Group

    Office hours:
    Mon – Thu: 9am – 5pm
    Fri: 9am – 4.30pm

    Phone Call

    0300 303 2772

    +44 (0)1604 892134

    +44 (0)1604 892546

    • Law for Journalists (10 Credits)
      Module code: JOU1017
      Core Module Y
    • Public Affairs for Journalists (10 Credits)
      Module code: JOU1018
      Core Module Y
    • Writing Skills for Sports Journalists (20 Credits)
      Module code: JOU1012
      Core Module Y
    • The International Sports Industry (20 Credits)
      Module code: JOU1013
      Core Module Y
    • Reporting Skills for Sports Journalists (40 Credits)
      Module code: JOU1014
      Core Module Y
    • The Social Context of Sport and Exercise (20 Credits)
      Module code: SPO1038
      Core Module Y
      • Andrews P (2011) Sports Journalism: A Practical Introduction. Sage Publications
      • Boyle R (2006) Sports Journalism: Context and Issues. Sage Publications
      • Evans, H and Crawford G (2000) Essential English for Journalists. Pimlico
      • Hanna M and Dodd M (2016) McNae’s Essential law for Journalists 23rd Edition. OUP Oxford
      • Steen, R (2014) Sports Journalism. A Multimedia Primer. Routledge
      • Toney, J (2012) Sports Journalism. The Inside Track. Bloomsbury Sport

    Facilities &

    Special Features

    • Accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council
    • Our own, 24/7 FM radio station, NLive – community radio station for Northampton.
    • Broadcast standard multi-camera TV studio.
    • Broadcast-standard radio studios.
    • Free laptop with access to Adobe suite of editing and design programmes.
    • Further your Study

      Our postgraduate courses are a great way to enhance the skills you have already learnt. Benefit from our 20% alumni discount on postgraduate fees to give yourself a CV that will catch the eye of employers.

      English – Contemporary Literature MA

      Master of Business Administration (MBA)

    • We are committed to delivering outstanding research that makes a difference to society. Our Research Institutes and Centres work closely with external partner organisations, locally, nationally and internationally. We produce internationally renowned and relevant research and disseminate knowledge on an international scale.

      Visit our Research Hub page for more information.

    • We are committed to supporting and encouraging business growth and we are involved in a variety of initiatives which seek to benefit the wider community as well as students and staff of the University.

      Discover what businesses we work with and what opportunities may be available to you on our Business and Enterprise pages.

  • 2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module

    Additional Costs

    printing costs: £50+ per year
    external hard drive to store material: £50
    travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900

    For information on the scholarships available to you as an international student, please see our International scholarships page.

    Additional Costs

    printing costs: £50+ per year
    external hard drive to store material: £50
    travel on Newsdays to stories: No more than £50

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Scholarships

    EU and International Scholarships

    We’re committed to offering the opportunity to study in the UK to the best and brightest students from around the world.

    Sir Thomas White Scholarship

    The Sir Thomas White scholarship will support and acknowledge an academically gifted student, with the proviso that the selection panel is confident that there is…

    TD Lewis Scholarship

    The T D Lewis Scholarship provides both undergraduate and postgraduate students with financial awards of up to £1,000.  This scholarship is awarded on educational excellence…

    The Chancellor's Fund

    The Chancellor’s Fund is a bi-annual fund providing students with awards of between £100 and £1,000. You must be a current student to apply.  The…

    Wilson Endowment Scholarship

    The Wilson Endowment Scholarship provides a £1,500 scholarship to undergraduate students from the Northamptonshire area. The endowed scholarship was donated in memory of Mr Lynn Wilson,…

  • We offer so many courses, it can be hard to choose just one. With a Joint Honours degree, you can study two courses, whether they are closely related or completely different. Depending on how much time you want to spend on each subject, your degree may emphasise one subject more than the other, which is a major and minor programme. Alternatively, you can study your subjects equally, resulting in a joint degree.

    Please visit our Joint Honours page for more information on Joint Honours courses and available Joint Honours combinations.

*Course data provided by Unistats

Waterside

Our new £330 million campus.

360 Virtual Tour

Virtual tour