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Accredited sports journalism diploma

Sports journalism level 3 diploma

Course summary

£294.50 incl VAT. Payment options
3 x monthly payments of £98.16. No charges, interest or credit checks.
Paul Clark
An interest in sport. Take our journalism challenge! 
Duration / hours:
Approximately 60-80 hours of study. You work at your own pace
ABC Awards level 3 diploma
Awarding body:
ABC Awards

Course review

Jamie Montigue: sports journalism course

I can highly recommend learning with the College of Media and Publishing. The course material is very detailed and the assignments are challenging but help you to learn a lot. The tutor is very helpful and provides useful feedback for all your work.

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Adam Addicott: sports journalism course

The tutorial support was great. Whenever I had an issue, I always had a prompt response. The guidance I received was very good. I was never afraid to ask for help. The content was exactly what I was looking for.

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Louis Shackshaft: sports journalism course

The tutorial support was fantastic, my tutor was always available via email and offered instant help throughout the duration of the course. The content was great, I learnt 15 key subjects within my course of which all helped me develop my skill set.

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Tom Herbert: sports journalism course

The course gave me an excellent grounding in the basics of working as a sports journalist.

The tutorial support was excellent. CMP really sets itself apart from the competition.

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Matthew Gardner: sports journalism course

I thought every aspect of the course was thorough and immensely enjoyable. Cleland gave me the confidence to know that I can succeed in this very competitive industry. The tutorial support was excellent! Superb! Brilliant! Need I say more?

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Fawzi Omar Hadi: sports journalism course

I wanted to gain knowledge and expertise on sports journalism, and it met my expectations. The tutorial support and was magnificent and the content covered all major aspects. I learnt about the mechanisms for writing a good article and much, much more.

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Craig Evans: sports journalism course

All of my journalism skills have improved greatly. My writing is much sharper and I can really feel the benefit. Anyone thinking about sports journalism should consider the course. It's excellent value for money.

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Raphael Mupeta: sports journalism course

This course gave me a great awareness on media law, feature writing for multimedia and interviewing. CMP provided an excellent quality of service. The communication was perfect, too. CMP have taught me all of the practical skills in journalism.

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Ben Jones: sports journalism course

I would recommend this course to anyone hoping to enter the dynamic world of sports journalism. The content exceeded my expectations and helped nurture my writing more than I could have imagined. Cleland was a helpful mentor.

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Afzal Shaikh: sports journalism course

I had previous experience with distance learning, but CMP is simply the best of all. I have learned a lot from this course, and have started to implement it in my career which is now flourishing, with positive comments from my seniors.

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Ziad Monsour: sports journalism course

This course has been really helpful and enlightening. It also helped me land the dream job I was always looking for: covering football for a TV station. I only had to receive the first module to realise that I was dealing with real professionals.

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Rachel Devonport: sports journalism course

I enrolled on this course to gain knowledge and experience of the sports journalist’s job. The course content was really good and it covered everything I could think of. I cannot think of anything that would improve the course.

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Sean Calvert: sports journalism course

I did the sports journalism course, and I would have no hesitation in recommending it to anyone interested in writing about sports. The teaching material is clear and concise, and Cleland's support is swift and helpful.

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Morrick Galo: sports journalism course

The course really met my expectations. The communication was fast - I love online schooling. I really appreciated the way you taught me: thank you for that. I’ve already recommended the course to all of my friends here in the Solomon Islands - thank you.

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Course overview

Our online sports journalism course is for people who have a passion sports and enjoy writing. This popular course is ideal for beginners, and will equip you with the skills you need to start building a successful career within sports journalism.

Sports journalism is one of the most popular, competitive and enjoyable specialisms, and one that is open to anyone.

Our sports journalism course teaches you how to find suitable markets for your work and to write the content they want to publish.

We also teach you the essential journalism skills you will need, such as record-keeping, covering press conferences, interviews, matches and events, and writing news from press releases.

Matt Brown sports journalism course studentOur sports journalism course students have gone on to work for Cyclingnews, Prague Post, InFront Sports and other top sports media across the world. You could be like our student, Matt Brown (pictured right), covering José Mourinho’s press conference at Premier League club Chelsea FC.

After successfully completing our course, Rosie Ballie got the opportunity to cover the Formula One Italian Grand Prix for top website, F1Plus. See our news feed

Another of our students, Ziad Monsour, landed a job as a football reporter for a TV station. See his review

Our comprehensive sports journalism course will teach you how to:

  • develop article ideas suitable for a range of sports publications
  • source information, conduct research and carry out effective interviews
  • write sports news, articles and features for digital and print publication
  • apply media law and ethics to sports journalism
  • sell your work and get paid 

You will also benefit from unlimited tutor support every step of the way, including personalised feedback on every assignment.

When you graduate, you will receive the ABC awards certificate of achievment, and the accredited CMP diploma in sports journalism. Both qualifications are industry recognised, and prove you are a certified sports journalist.

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ABC awards logoAt the end of this course, successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards, and a Learner Unit Summary, which lists the details of all the subjects they have completed as part of the course.

This sports journalism course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme

We will also email you the fully accredited CMP diploma in sports journalism, which is an industry recognised qualification that proves you are a qualified health journalist.

These awards will enable you to apply for sports journalism jobs, develop your career, or help you find freelance work.


As well as helping many individuals become successful sports journalists, this course is also used to train staff from many respected organisations. 


It's important to study online with a provider you can trust. You will be in safe hands studying with us. We have been running our online courses since 2003. 

We are listed on the government's UK Register of Learning Providerswhich is run by the Department for Education. 

We are fully accredited by three recognised organisations:

Our accrediting bodies have reciprocal arrangements with other countries, meaning you can study this course from anywhere in the world. We have students in more than 100 countries.

Price and payment

The price of our sports journalism course is £294.50 (incl. VAT). This fee can either be paid in full, or over three interest free monthly payments of £98.16. 

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Duration and hours

The duration of this course is approximately 60-80 hours. You fit these hours in whenever is best for you. We offer complete flexibility, with no deadlines or time limits. 

This means you can study at a pace that suits you, and fit the course around your lifestyle.

On average, people take around three months to complete the course, but it does not matter if you take longer. The course does not have an expiry date.

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

Student discount card

Our sports journalism course enables you to get an NUS student discount card, enabling you to save money on more than 170 brands across the UK.

You can get 10% off at the Co-op, 5% off at Amazon, 10% off at Superdrug, 10% off at New Look, and 20% off at WH Smith. Plus many more. 



Course tutor: Paul ClarkSports journalism course tutor, Paul Clark

Journalist | writer | subeditor | proofreader

Sports Beat Agency |North West Regional Assembly |CSV Manchester

We provide you with a personal tutor who will mentor you through the course, mark your assignments, and give you expert advice whenever you need it.

All our tutors are professionals who are still working in their sectors. They will be there to help you every step of the way. And you can contact them whenever you need to.

Our sports journalism course tutor is Paul Clark.

He has worked as a sports reporter for Sports Beat Agency, producing copy for both the national papers and specialist sports publications.

He has been a lecturer for over 11 years at a number of higher education institutions and has taught a variety of courses including sports journalism.

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Course subjects

This course covers everything you need to know to get started as a sports journalist.

Lesson 01: Introduction to sports journalism
  • Examine what the sports journalist does, and where you fit in
  • Analyse sports magazines, and the sports pages of local and national printed media and their websites, so you can generate article ideas and write relevant content
Lesson 02: Copy presentation and terminology
  • Submit sports articles to printed and multimedia platforms in recognised formats
  • Learn industry jargon to communicate clearly with journalists, editors and publishers
Lesson 03: Notebook discipline and record keeping
  • Store and retain sports journalism data safely, ethically and legally

Lesson 04: Contacts book
  • Record your contacts' information safely, legally and efficiently
Lesson 05: Sources and output
  • Use your sports knowledge, contacts and experience to produce articles to sell
  • Find original ideas for sports articles using the internet and social media searches, and advanced data scraping techniques
  • Prepare your sports stories and features for publication in print, online and on social media, and digital platforms
Lesson 06: Using a style guide
  • Ensure your sports stories and features are presented consistently
Lesson 07: Who publishes what
  • Define different types of news
  • Understand different types of magazines, what they publish and who to
Lesson 08: Interviewing
  • Interview celebrities, and people who work with them, in person, online and by phone: everyone from athletes to referees, and drug testers to stadium managers
  • Prepare to interview VIPs and celebrities
Lesson 09: Newswriting techniques
  • Write sports articles that are suitable for print, the web and social media
  • Attract the reader's attention by writing compelling starts to your sports articles
  • Maintain the reader's interest in your sports articles from start to finish
Lesson 10: Independent Press Standards Organisation: regulatory code
  • Adhere to the media's regulatory framework in your sports journalism activities, especially privacy, harassment and the use of photos
Lesson 11: Feature writing
  • Write all kinds of sports features: reviews, previews, guides, backgrounders, lists and profiles
Lesson 12: Press releases and handouts
  • Use sports press releases to produce original articles
Lesson 13: Events, matches and press conferences
  • Use live blogging and traditional reporting skills to cover matches, tournaments and other events
Lesson 14: Media law basics
  • Keep your sports copy safe from libel, copyright, confidence, data protection and privacy actions, and learn other laws affecting sports journalists
Lesson 15: Selling your work
  • Pitch your articles to the sports media: who to approach, how and when, so you can negotiate the best deal

Course delivery

Online courses are different. But most people find they are more effective and convenient than face-to-face study.

You study when, and where you want to.

You’ll have access to our Online Learning Area where you can access course material, submit assignments, and use our extensive library of resources. You can also connect with other students if you want to.

We provide you with a personal course tutor who will mentor you through the course, so you will not be studying on your own. You can contact your tutor as often as you need to.

We usually provide same-day tutorial support on weekdays.

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What will I need to study this course?

In order to study our sports journalism course, you will need the following:

  • access to a computer, tablet or similar device
  • internet access
  • a camera or smartphone
  • Microsoft Word or equivalent: OpenOffice, iWork pages
  • an email account

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Where you could fit in as a sports journalist

For many enthusiasts, writing about sports would be the ultimate dream job. Our online sports journalism course can make this dream a reality.

Whatever sport you are most passionate about, becoming a journalist in this field opens up a world of opportunity. You could be:

  • following your favourite players and teams around the world and reporting on their progress
  • interviewing the greatest international sports stars
  • enjoying the best seat in the house at the biggest sporting events on the calendar
  • getting paid for your efforts!

To succeed as a sports journalist, you need to stay up-to-date with the latest developments, be willing to travel to live events and have solid reporting and writing ability.

Our sports journalism course teaches you all the skills you need. We also prepare you for success from day one. Take a look at what a few of our former students moved on to:

  • Jamie Graham was appointed media runner and production assistant at Arsenal FC. See our news feed
  • Craig Evans started writing for the national governing body for motorcycle sport, Auto-Cycle Union. See our news feed 
  • Nathan Charlish began writing reports for the Nottingham Lions ice hockey team website See our news feed 
  • Adam Addicott began writing for Tennis World USA, covering such events as the Madrid Open. See our news feed 
  • Scott Frame wrote the cover story for a new speedway magazine and interviewed three times world speedway champion, Nicki Pedersen. See our news feed
  • Henry Jackson was signed up as a feature writer for the top Liverpool FC website, This is Anfield. See our news feed 

Enrol on our comprehensive sports journalism course and you could become another of our success stories.

We offer the ideal training ground for building an exciting career, in which you can get paid to indulge your sporting passion.

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The course leads to the respected CMP diploma in sports journalism, which is widely recognised by editors and publishers in the UK and overseas.

This accredited qualification will enable you to apply for roles within sports journalism and the media, or get regular freelance work.

CMP Charter Mark

CMP charter markThe Charter Mark is our assurance of accredited educational quality.

We award it to students who have graduated from one of our courses or training programmes. It helps them to find work.

Holders are licensed to use it on their websites, stationery, and social media profiles.

The Charter Mark guarantees that holders have achieved set standards of competence in a given field.

It gives employers confidence that applicants for staff positions or freelance work have received accredited training and independent assessment.

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This course gets results

Our graduates get articles published most days. Many of them have gone on to become successful freelancers, and make a good living from sports journalism.

And don't take our word for it: 

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We'll connect you with the right people

Sports journalism is about knowing the right people: the editors, the publishers and the staff journalists who make the decisions.

Our tutors have a huge range of active contacts on newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs and radio / TV stations. They can make personal introductions for you when it is appropriate.

We have arrangements with top news and feature agencies. If your work is good enough, they will sell it for you, and split the proceeds with you 60-40%. You get the 60%!

And we also have databases with the contact details of thousands of UK newspaper, magazine and radio journalists - essential when you are selling work, looking for work experience or job hunting.

Many of our students already have the experiences, skills and relationships to produce article ideas.

We have the expertise to turn those ideas into marketable content, and the contacts to help them get it published.

When you finish

When you complete the course, you will receive two respected qualifications:

These recognised awards will add value to your CV, and help when you apply for journalism jobs or freelance work.

We go the extra mile

We will still be here to help you, even after you have completed your course. There’s no cut-off point.

We provide:

  • personal careers advice
  • help with your CV
  • help looking for work
  • a reference when applying for jobs

What happens when I enrol?

Once you have completed your enrolment form, and have paid your fee, we will be in touch very quickly via email, usually within 15-20 minutes, on weekdays. We will send your introductory materials so you can get started. 

There are no set enrolment dates. You can enrol and begin studying whenever suits you.

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Course reviews

The course gave me an excellent grounding in the basics of working as a sports journalist. The tutorial support was excellent. CMP really sets itself apart from the competition. Tom Herbert

I thought every aspect of the course was thorough and immensely enjoyable. Cleland gave me the confidence to know that I can succeed in this very competitive industry. The tutorial support was excellent! Superb! Brilliant! Need I say more? Matthew Gardner

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