School of Media

Sports Journalism with Sandwich Placement

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code P592
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Sandwich
  • Course Length Sandwich (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Media

Why choose this course?

   

Are you passionate about sports? If so, this is the course for you.  Sport is part of everyone’s life. Sport and physical activity have the power to transform people’s wellbeing and create a fitter, healthier and happier nation while contributing approximately £40 billion to the UK economy every year. This new course will offer you the unique opportunity to focus your journalistic ambitions on the sport of your choice – from cricket, rugby or football to car racing, gymnastics and minority sports (e.g. Women’s sports and Paralympics). With Wolverhampton Wonderers just across the road and other local clubs (West Bromwich, Telford, Walsall, Staffordshire Cricket Club etc.) within easy reach, you will frequently go to press conferences, matches and other sports events in the area.

Following the success of our BJTC- accredited Multimedia Journalism course, the new course will  focus on sport and wellbeing, which will enable you to perform roles in different areas of the sport industry. You will be introduced to a full range of modern media and will adopt real-world working strategies (news days), produce ground-breaking audio, video, web and social media content and benefit from work placements that will enable you to enter the job market with the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge and expertise.

This dynamic course will teach you how to produce compelling sports content for both traditional and emerging media platforms. You will gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law and ethics. Working in our industry fit facilities, you will develop a multi-platform mind-set, producing print, radio and TV news, reports, features, documentaries, as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and mobile devices.

The course is delivered by staff with extensive professional journalism experience together with a range of practicing journalists who come into the University as visiting lecturers.

What are the top reasons to study this course?

  • It is a unique programme in West Midlands and Wales. The new course will focus not only on mainstream sports but also on other sports, for example: cricket, rugby, gymnastics, women’s sports, Paralympic sports. Only 14 universities in the country offer similar courses. None of them are located in the West Midlands or Wales.
  • We focus on employability. Students’ success is at the core of our programme and that is why practical work is project-based with students being the journalists, producing radio and television news bulletins and digital packages to industry standards and deadlines.
  • You will gain in-depth knowledge and skills that provide the essential first step to a satisfying career and transferable skills that you can use throughout your career whether in broadcast media journalism or another industry
  • We provide excellent work placements and links to industry and fully- equipped media facilities: radio and television studios, newsroom and editing suites.
  • You will gain practical, hands-on experience using high-end media equipment and develop skills in digital production, writing, interviewing and editing.
  • You will work with highly experienced staff dedicated to providing a personal learning experience for every student.
  • Lovely campus and exciting student life.

All courses in the School of Art are now available with a professional placement option (Sandwich Year). A professional placement provides an opportunity for professional development in the work place and as such, greatly enhances the student’s prospects of finding rewarding and relevant employment at the end of their studies. The school assists students in securing work placements, undertaking live briefs, engaging directly with employers and developing key employability skills. The School is committed to raising student awareness of the opportunities that exist post-graduation.

What happens on the course?

Learning will take place in the classroom in the form of lectures, seminars and workshops but also outside in the form of visits to local broadcasters and independent learning, a key skill for the practice of multimedia journalism. Students will gain key industry skills through developing multimedia artefacts in real time and to live, or as - live, industry provided briefs. These activities will test students’ ability to work effectively in a group and enables them to experience real working practices in a protected environment. All three levels also encourage significant work outside of the classroom.

Activities are designed to mirror the academic learning outcomes of each level and the current multiplatform news industry working practices. The Sports Journalism-specific modules enable interaction between students and industry-relevant activities in class. Practitioners from the industry will occasionally be asked to assist students or deliver guest lectures.

Learning activities will include:

Lectures
Group work
Live or as –live – News days
Practical and Technical on TV and radio news productions (working to deadlines),
Newswriting for multiple platforms: print, online, radio and TV.
Presenting – For TV and radio in a professional context,
Reflective Practice,
Work Placements
Multimedia production
Editing workshops
Critical analysis of media and academic texts,
Independent project work
Industry visits

Level 4 Assessment will take the form of:

Portfolios and e-portfolios and reflective work: examining and gaining awareness of sports journalistic productions and texts for print, TV, Radio and Online media

Individual research report/essays

Presentations and group work productions

Level 5 Assessment will take the form of:

Individual essays and reflective reports

Portfolios and e-portfolios and reflective work: examining and gaining awareness of sports journalistic productions.

Group work presentations and productions. 

Practical assignments – generating content for multimedia platforms (audio, video, texts, photograph and other media products).

Producing as-live media content  (radio, TV and online).

Level 6 Assessment will take the form of:

Half year individual study (practical or written project) to produce either: A multimedia news production with accompanying documentation and process log and reflection or: An academically rigorous critically engaged analysis of sports journalism processes/products incorporating current debates and theoretical frameworks.

Individual research essays and reflective reports

Practical assignments to produce and manage multimedia content for multiple platforms

Producing as-live media content (radio, TV and online).

Work placements/mentoring with industry partners.

Support for Learning:

University Learning Centres are the key source of academic information for students. Learning Centres provide physical library resources (books, journal, DVDs etc.) and offer a range of study areas to allow students to study in the environment that suit them best: Social areas, quiet and silent areas. They also provide access to wide range of online information sources, including eBooks, e-Journals and subject databases. For more information, please visit: www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/info/welcome

Learning Centres also provide students with academic skills support via the Skills for Learning programme. Students on campus can attend workshops or ask for one-to-one help on a range of skills such as academic writing and referencing. Students can access a range of online skills material at:  www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/skills

The University Student Support website offers advice on a variety of matters (careers, counselling, student union advice, etc.) https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/student-support/  Students can also access these services by booking appointment with the SU, careers, counselling services, etc.

In addition to the material provided in class and on the Virtual Learning Platform (CANVAS), the Faculty offers tailored academic and pastoral support to students. Students’ first port of call is their personal tutor (each student is allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of the academic year), but they can also talk to module leaders, course leader, school administrator, graduate interns and graduate teaching assistants, whose details can be found in the course guide. Advice will be given through the induction process and then through appointments throughout the year, in addition to classes and tutorials. Students can expect to receive support and guidance in the area of Personal Development Planning, to understand better their learning process, have the skills and understanding to act on the feedback.

Lecturers will provide personalised feedback for formative and summative assessments. On occasions, lecturers may provide generalised feedback to the whole group on points relating to an assessment.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2019.

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Everything within the curriculum is related to employment and that is obvious particularly in the following modules: 6DM027 Creative Industries and Employability module; 4SR013 Investigating Socio-Historical Sporting Issues; 4MZ023 Radio News Production; 4MZ027  Television News Production; 5MZ034 Multimedia News Production; 5MZ032 Media Law and Ethics; 5SR027 Sports Event Management; 5MZ037Convergent journalism; 6MZ025 Convergent News Production; 6MZ028  Multimedia Practical Project; 6MZ027 The Multi-platform Newsroom. Students will also be asked to go on placement between L5 and L6 for at least 15 days.

Suitable roles for graduates include but are not limited to:

Sports producer, Cameraman, Audio and Video editor, Sports reporter, Commentator, Newsreader, TV or Radio producer, TV or Radio presenter; Correspondent, News editor, Online, newspaper or magazine sports reporter; Radio and broadcast news reporter and editor, Sports PR and communication officer, Creative assistant, Editorial assistant, Journalist and press officer, Production trainee/researcher, SEO content writer, Social media and marketing assistant, Content administrator, Production assistant, Digital editor, Digital journalist, Data analyst, Social media analyst.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

BA (Hons) Sports Journalism with sandwich placement is a practice-based and industry-focused course that offers students the unique opportunity to develop their journalistic ambitions in relation to the sport of their choice – from cricket, rugby or football to minority sports. The course also focuses on sport and wellbeing, which enables our students to perform roles in different areas of the sport industry. 

Working in our current industry fit facilities, students will be introduced to a full range of modern media and will adopt real-world working strategies (news days), produce ground-breaking audio, video, web and social media content and benefit from work placements that will enable them to enter the job market with the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge and expertise.

This dynamic course will introduce students to a range of techniques and genres, covering everything from writing a basic match report to presenting their own Radio/TV sports show and producing sports features and short documentaries. Students will gain the core journalistic research and writing skills as well as studying media law and ethics and will develop a multi-platform mind-set, producing print, radio and TV news, reports, features, documentaries as well as creating blogs and podcasts, digital photos, audio/video stories and content for websites and mobile devices.

The member of academic staff who leads on this course is Bianca Fox

Journalism students are taught by staff with extensive professional journalism experience together with a range of practicing journalists who come into the University as visiting lecturers.

In addition to formal lectures the course requires students to spend many hours in the University’s own newsroom facility preparing a wide range of news items for the full range of news media.

Check out our state of the art facilities here.

The course aims to provide you with the necessary skills and confidence to fulfil your sports journalism ambitions.

Students completing the BA (Hons) Sport Journalism course are equipped with both the skills to work in any area and across all platforms within sports media, from local newspapers to national broadcasters, and the practical experience in 'as real' locations such as newsrooms, commercial communications departments and TV and radio studios.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Sandwich £9250 per year 2020-21
International Sandwich £12000 per year 2019-20
International Sandwich £12250 per year 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2019 Entry

  • BBC from ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade DMM; BTEC QCF Diploma grade D*D*
  • UAL Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology grade M
  • Foundation Studies (Media) grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Those meeting the entry requirements may be shortlisted to attend an interview. Applicants will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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