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Journalism (with the option of Sport), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #401 (WUR) ,
The BA (Hons) Journalism (with the option of Sport) programme prepares you intellectually and practically for success in the modern multi-platform world of journalism – with the opportunity to specialise in news, sport or pursue a broader journalism curriculum. 


The Journalism (with the option of Sport) programme is offered at University of the West of Scotland. You will study news reporting, interviewing and writing skills and prepare yourself for the demands of today's dynamic and fluid news environment. 

The course underpins practical production and broadcasting skills with theoretical insight into ethical and effective journalism. You will build your knowledge of national and local government, international relations, and civil and criminal law relating to the media. 


Graduates are equipped to work in newsrooms and with the essential skills to compete within a multimedia environment.


The programme is fully accredited by the Broadcast Journalism Training Council (BJTC). The BJTC works in partnership with all the main employers in the UK broadcast industry and accredits higher education programmes based upon their direct and practical nature.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The subject areas at the core of the programme provide a strong foundation in a range of specific journalistic disciplines. 

Core modules will comprise practical journalism modules in newsgathering, producing news and features, layout & design, digital video production, broadcast journalism, as well as work placements. 

There is also an option of specialising in Sports Journalism as you progress through the course with relevant modules available. If you pursue this route you will graduate with a bracketed Sports Journalism title. An additional specialism in magazine journalism is also available. 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Ensure that you have copies of all the documents required for your application. These include:

  • Qualification certificates/transcripts in English
  • English language proficiency test certificates
  • A signed academic reference on headed paper
  • CV in English
  • Proof of funding (if required)
  • Passport
  • Visa/CAS statement (if held)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10600 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10600 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1820 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1820 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

  • Channel Islands & Isle Of Man

£9,250 per year of study


The Scottish Government does not provide any statutory student funding for international students studying in Scotland.

However, there are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at UWS.

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