• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: UCFB Etihad Campus
  • Duration: Three Years
  • Start Date: September 2018

Course Overview

The media landscape has changed almost beyond recognition in recent years following a digital revolution which has paved the way for a 24-hour rolling news agenda. In that time, sports journalism has also developed to become the fastest growing sector in UK media.

If you are keen to be part of the fast paced digital journalism, this degree is for you. It will provide you with all the necessary skills and theoretical understanding to succeed in this new media age.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: P590

We provide two curricula; the academic curriculum which encompasses exams and coursework and a Complementary Curriculum - a three year journey of professional and personal development. This provides access to best-in-class industry guest speakers, additional qualifications and exceptional opportunities to apply for work experience placements to ensure you graduate as a well-rounded, empowered professionals.

Traditional print and broadcast sports journalism, while still powerful communications platforms, are being forced to adapt and change in order to survive in a new and rapidly-developing media environment. As a result, sports journalists are now expected to develop a range of digital and social media skills which enable them to tell a story across a number of platforms in order to reach a wider, often global, audience.

Teaching and Learning

Your course consists of a combination of structured learning and teaching activities and independent learning.

Structured learning activities include lectures, seminars, tutorials and other time-tabled sessions. The amount of time set aside for each activity (‘contact hours’) is set out in individual module descriptors and so will vary depending on the modules you take. When you are not attending structured learning and teaching activities you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, using the library, preparing for seminars, and completing coursework assignments.

The programme specification will provide more information on the specific learning and teaching activities on this course.

Overall workload

Your overall workload will include your learning and teaching activities and independent learning with total study time of around 10 hours being worth 1 credit. While your actual contact hours will depend on any option modules you choose.

Year 1: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 368 hours
Independent learning: 832 hours

Year 2: 31 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 376 hours
Independent learning: 824 hours

Year 3: 26 percent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity

Teaching, learning and assessment: 316 hours
Independent learning: 804 hours

Assessment

You will be given opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. This may take the form of practice or ‘formative’ assessments for which you will receive feedback from your tutor. Formative assessments are developmental and any marks you receive do not count towards your overall module mark. There is at least one formal or ‘summative’ assessment towards the end of each module. The marks from summative assessments do count towards your overall module mark.

Assessment methods vary, but your programme specification will provide more information on the specific methods used on this course. You can find out more about the assessment methods used across the University in the assessment guide on the Academic Advice pages.

Balance of assessment

The balance of assessment will vary depending on any option modules you choose.

Please note: The percentages below do not include any pass/fail elements as these do not contribute to the overall degree classification. All modules must be successfully completed for credit to be awarded.

Year 1

80 percent coursework 10 percent written exams 10 percent practical

Year 2

80 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 20 percent practical

Year 3

95 percent coursework 0 percent written exams 5 percent practical

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all assessed coursework and practical assignments and we aim to provide this within three weeks. Feedback on examinations is also available on request.

Assessment feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module leader.

What are the course entry requirements?

Please visit our partner college's website for entry requirements.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Year 1 Modules

  • History of Sporting Venues and Events
  • Media Law and Ethics
  • Principles of Sports Journalism
  • Social and Digital Sports Media

Year 2 Modules

  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Practising Sports Journalism
  • Research Methods
  • Television Production

Year 3 Modules

  • Contemporary Issues in Sports Media
  • Professional Practice Portfolio
  • Research Project
  • Sports Public Relations and Communications

Fees

How much does it cost

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full Time Home and EU: UK/EU tuition fees for 2017 entry are £9,250 per year. per year

Full Time International: International tuition fees for 2017 entry are £13,500 per year. per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation, course delivery costs or subject to government regulations.

For information on financial assistance to support your learning, visit our Undergraduate Fees and Funding section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020
student.centre@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applynow