NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism (35 weeks)

So you want to become a sports journalist? News Associates runs a multi-award-winning 35-week full-time NCTJ-accredited Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism.

LOOKING SUAVE: News Associates graduates turned Sky Sports journalists Alex Marrow, Nick Lustig, Chris Reidy and Ellie Walter

This is delivered in association with Britain’s leading sports press agency Sportsbeat – perfect for anyone wanting to study sports journalism.

Our sports journalism course is officially the number one NCTJ journalism course of any kind in the UK – as has been for five years in a row – with unprecedented pass rates between 90% and 100% (the national average is 13%!).

2015 (London, 100%)
2016 (Manchester, 100%)
2017 (London, 94%)
2018 (Manchester, 100%)
2019 (London, 94%)
2020 (London, 71%)

Exam results are important but it’s our job record we’re most proud of. And in the last academic year 94% of our sports journalism trainees were in paid journalism roles within a month of graduating. Read more here.

You can find them on the back pages of our national newspapers, presenting and reporting on Sky Sports News, or working internationally for some of the most respected names in journalism from Reuters to Agence France Presse. They have also made their way to the media departments of Premier League football clubs and national governing bodies, from the British Olympic Association to the MCC.

MULTI-AWARD-WINNING COURSE: (L-R) Head of journalism London Graham Moody, News Associates managing editor James Toney, head of journalism Manchester Andrew Greaves, NCTJ Student Journalist of the Year Jessica Cripps and News Associates deputy managing editor Graham Dudman

The course has one intake a year (September) in London and Manchester. Click here to download the course brochure.

You’ll be in the office for four days a week and are required to spend a day a week on placement. Many trainees are offered full-time jobs with their placement after they graduate. 

You study nine modules – see left or click here for course elements – with plenty of time for covering live sport and attending events.

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STATS: Compare and contrast results at NCTJ-accredited sports journalism courses in the United Kingdom


See below for what our sports journalism trainees and alumni have been up to or check out our news section for the latest, such as international press trips, a tour around Sky Sports News, a visit to the Society of Editors conference and interviewing stars at the British Sports Awards organised by the Sports Journalists’ Association. 


Wondering what it’s like to study sports journalism at News Associates? We love catching up with our trainees as they undertake their Diploma in Multimedia Sports Journalism, check out their blogs here.

Got a question about our journalism courses? Contact us on or 0203 026 3781.

For advice from former News Associates sports journalism trainees click here.

Sign up for a free sports journalism workshop here.

Apply for our NCTJ-accredited journalism courses here.