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    Basically, i'm a BTEC level 3 extended diploma student, studying Sport and Exercise science, about to achieve D*D*D*.
    Since starting my course I have had my heart set on going to university and studying sports journalism. However, this isn't a very popular course, I was hoping to study down south, but here's my issue.
    The highest ranked university that offers this course is like rank 70-80. The universities that offer this in London are particularly low down on the rankings. I doubt I would get on to a regular journalism course because of my qualifications, and to be honest sport is my main interest.
    So are uni rankings really that important? Would it be worth the risk to study at a low ranked university, when my grades could probably get me into a much better university on a different course?
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    Subject rankings are key. Not overall.
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    (Original post by Lewisgibson1996)
    Basically, i'm a BTEC level 3 extended diploma student, studying Sport and Exercise science, about to achieve D*D*D*.
    Since starting my course I have had my heart set on going to university and studying sports journalism. However, this isn't a very popular course, I was hoping to study down south, but here's my issue.
    The highest ranked university that offers this course is like rank 70-80. The universities that offer this in London are particularly low down on the rankings. I doubt I would get on to a regular journalism course because of my qualifications, and to be honest sport is my main interest.
    So are uni rankings really that important? Would it be worth the risk to study at a low ranked university, when my grades could probably get me into a much better university on a different course?
    If it were me then I would use linkeding, betwork and contact sports journalists plus mainstream ones. See what they say. I'd look at the other courses which are just straight journalism as well as other subjects at better universities.

    Loads of articles on sports journalism at the sports hournalist association.
    http://www.sportsjournalists.co.uk/training/
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    (Original post by NMcG)
    Subject rankings are key. Not overall.
    Everyone has different expectations for university. Subject rankings are a good indicator, but also league tables around student satisfaction and experience can be helpful too. You want to know not only you're going to a good performing university, studying in a good performing school, but also that those there are going to be happy. You've also got factors to consider like living costs. Here are a few more suggestions for things to think about.
 
 
 
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