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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma
Code: 117958
Cost: N/A


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Course Detail

Level 3 Sports Journalism (Creative Media)

Full time course


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This level 3 study programme introduces you to the world of sports journalism, which comprises a set of disciplines within the media industry that has greatly expanded in recent years, leading to a huge increase in outlets for writing and talking about sport. This course will see you acting as a sports correspondent within our renowned sports academy set-up, producing media for all platforms, from television to radio, print and the Internet. Through this course you'll be able to commentate on games, interview emerging sports stars, take press photographs and create material for the Internet.

What will I study?

You will study the skills needed to function effectively as a journalist, including how to write for different audiences, how to operate video cameras and sound recording equipment, how to carry out interviews, how to design websites and take photographs and how to provide match/ game commentary.

Maths & English

A key requirement to obtaining many jobs is achieving a good standard of English and Maths. Therefore, learners that do not yet have a GCSE grade C in these subjects will be enrolled on either GCSE or Functional Skills programmes alongside their main study programme.


The media industry is one of the few areas in the jobs market that has sustained levels of employment and even shown areas of growth in the present economic climate.

Work experience

You will be working with live clients throughout the course to produce media for public consumption. This will include working alongside Sky and BT Sports to cover the College's two semi-professional teams and alongside journalists at the Bristol Post.

What do I need to join?

Five GCSEs at grades 4 (C) or above, including English and maths. Mature applicants will be considered on their individual merit. All applicants need to bring a portfolio of creative work their interview and successfully complete a college taster day.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I learn?

You will acquire journalism skills through engaging in a wide range of sports journalism activities.

How will I know how I am doing?

Coursework is set with structured achievable targets and clear regular feedback from your tutor. You will also discuss work as a student group and obtain feedback from your peers.

Are there any extra costs?

There is a materials fee payable at enrolment, which will cover the cost of day trips, masterclass workshops and events as well as the majority of materials used on the course.

Any residential visits will incur extra costs.

What can I do next?

You can progress onto one of the growing number of degrees in sports journalism, or to a general journalism degree or other media course. You can also enter the industry at entry level, with a view of working your way up.

What are my career options?

Being able to write well and to offer media across all platforms will set you up for employment in a wide range of career areas, including journalism, public relations, marketing, radio, TV, film, website design, photography and new media.


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Dates & Costs

Level 3 Sports Journalism (Creative Media)

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2021
Duration: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Course length: Year 1 = Diploma, year 2 = Extended Diploma
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma
Code: 117958
Advanced Learner Loans
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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