sports media production. 

Study at the home of Bristol City FC, the Bristol Bears and the South West's largest conference and events venue. 


Level 3 Extended Diploma / Two years

Ashton Gate Stadium offers an immersive digital media course, building a broad portfolio of skills that are applied in the second year with our year long parallel work placement, offering the perfect vehicle to test your practice in a live, commercial sports environment. We have associations with Bristol Sport through the Robins Foundation and this year, students will also have long- term placements with Bristol Met Basketball Academy, Weston-Super-Mare AFC and Bristol Inner City Football Academy.

You’ll be immersed in a creative professional environment, working in Ashton Gate Stadium with exceptional facilities and networks that can give you the competitive edge in the future.

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Being located at Ashton Gate Stadium gives students the opportunity to study at the heart of the action and gain relevant skills to propel them into a career in sports media. Whilst learning, they also contribute meaningful content ranging from match day programmes to social media for players. The Robins Foundation is proud to have such an aligned partnership with another Bristol based education provider in boomsatsuma


chris stenner

Head of Education, The Robins Foundation

This is Ashton Gate Stadium, the home of Bristol City FC, the Bristol Bears and the South West’s largest conference & events venue. The stadium has recently undergone a major renovation and now boasts an impressive 27,000 capacity, state-of-the-art meeting rooms and a wide range of function rooms for both corporate and private hire.

You will work within the press rooms at the stadium, actively used by the Bristol Sport media teams and visiting journalists from the BBC, Sky Sports, BT Sport and local reporters. With food and drink outlets also on-site and other nearby amenities, you have everything you need to have a great learning experience.


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course structure.



DSLR camera operation / documentary filmmaking / video editing / VFX / GIF creation / storyboarding / lighting


Microphone operation / sound mixing / podcast creation / foley sounds


Photoshop / InDesign / Premiere Pro / After Effects / Lightroom


Sports photography / DSLR camera operation / editing photography / lighting


Match programme production / gif production / print layouts & formats / motion graphics / designing for web


Press conferences / interviewing techniques / social media marketing / project management / event management / building a portfolio for progression

If you have a specific interest in learning a software programme, our specialist team of teachers can support you in this.



We’ve highlighted some of the jobs you could go on to do with a career in Sports Media Production.


art and design.

Graphic designer / sports illustrator / product designer / web designer / events designer / artworker / concept artist / production designer / multimedia specialist / sportswear designer 

camera and film.

Sports photographer / sports video editor / steadicam operator / press photographer / photojournalist/ camera operator / videographer / cinematographer / filmmaker 

management and production.

Sports writer / talent researcher / digital producer / sports events manager / location manager / edit producer /production assistant / development researcher / assistant producer / public relations manager / talent manager / production manager / sports broadcaster

marketing and advertising.

Sports PR professional / digital marketing manager / brand ambassador / magazine features editor / digital brand manager / consumer behaviour analyst / advertising art director / digital advertising / researcher / product promoter / advertising director / brand strategist / SEO manager / visual merchandiser / social media marketing manager / content manager / content creator / social media strategist / campaign manager / e-commerce marketing director / online marketing manager

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what's next?

On completion of this course, you will have the strong practical skills and knowledge of the working industry needed to progress to university, higher education courses, high level apprenticeships or even entry in the work place. 

Students progressing to university from this course are often better equipped than students that have studied A Levels because of the time management skills that are needed to complete a diploma and portfolio based assessments. 

By the time you leave us, you will have skills in collaboration, communication, creativity and problem solving. This means you are also able to apply for courses outside of Sports Media Production, having completed the diploma. If you decide you want to study something different, you will still be able to apply for a range of arts, humanities and social science courses. Past students have gone on to study subjects such as Business, Sociology and Fine Art.

Check out the next page for some examples of the kind of careers that exist in the Sports Media sector or take a look to our alumni pages to see what some of our past students are doing now. You can also continue your studies with boomsatsuma’s degree courses, such as BA (Hons) Documentary Photography and Print, and BA (Hons) Filmmaking: Pathways Production and Post-Production.


next step.

You can continue your studies with boomsatsuma's new (BA Hons) Degree Courses, such as:

(BA Hons) Documentary Photography and Print

(BA Hons) Filmmaking (Pathways): Production and Post-Production


Level 3 Extended Diploma worth up to up to 168 Points - equivalent to 3 A* A Levels. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded an overall Distinction*, Distinction, Merit or Pass grade.


Two years, 15 hours a week + studio day.


Submit your application here. All candidates are interviewed and selected primarily on their creative ability. Though experience of creative and media subjects are advantageous, we are more interested in energy and commitment, and welcome your application even if you have had little or no experience.

course costs.

The course is funded for students ages 16-18 at the start of their course, however we ask for a £150 Studio Fee to cover enrichment costs. Students will be eligible to apply for a discretionary bursary to cover this and to assist with travel costs. Students will be expected to contribute to the cost of trips.

Interviews for our course start from 1st September 2020.

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