Higher Education at the Grimsby Institute
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BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing

Write, get published and graduate.

  • BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing
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About the BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing programme

Learn how to write professional stories and novels; non-fiction articles and books; film, radio, television, comic and game scripts.

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Entry requirements

Applicants require 80 UCAS points (UCAS 2017 tariff). This equates to MMP or above at BTEC National Diploma, CCD at A-Level, or Merit on the Diploma Foundation Studies (Art, Design and Media). Also, a minimum of grade 4 (A to C GCSE or Level 2) in English.
Alternatively, applicants may evidence their capability through samples of their writing and the satisfactory completion of an essay task, set at interview.

What you will learn

Year 1 (Level 4)

In your first year, you will study a range of writing specialisms. Introduction to Prose, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Film, Introduction to Scriptwriting for Radio, Introduction to Non-Fiction, The Writer and the Reader, and Research and Observation.
Year 2 (Level 5)

In your second year, you will begin to specialise, selecting your preferred mediums. You will also study narrative techniques and genre.Core modules: Genre, Introduction to the Study of Narrative and The Principles of Narrative.
Optional modules: Prose, Scriptwriting for Film and TV, Scriptwriting for Sequential Art, Non-Fictional Specialist Writing and Game Narrative Design.
Year 3 (Level 6)

In your third year, you will specialise in your preferred medium and develop your Final Major Project, which may be, for example a novel, non-fiction book or feature film script. Alongside, there are complimentary modules to help you perfect your writing practice and break into the industry. Final Major Project, Market Research for Writers, Retrospection and Professional Practice.

What Next

Anyjob that involves writing, for example: novelist, scriptwriter (for TV, film orradio), playwright, journalist, feature writer, copywriter, editor,proofreader, freelancer. You could also continue your education with a master’sdegree or a teaching qualification.

What our Learners Say

...the best decision I have ever made.
What our Learners Say
“Starting at University Centre Grimsby and studying on the writing degree has to be the best decision I have ever made. The entirety of my first year was amazing from start to finish. The tutors are so friendly, welcoming and supportive, and the course offers such a wide variety of modules and so many different things to learn, there's something for everyone. For someone who thought getting back into education after five years out would be nearing impossible I have found myself achieving high grades and finding something I love to do! I would recommend the course to anyone with an interest in writing, whether fiction, non-fiction or scripts there are so many ways to go with the degree."
Sophie Hollingsworth

Programme Benefits

The Professional Writing degree is loved by its students and most of our applicants come to us through word-of-mouth.
In many larger universities, lectures to hundreds of students are a common delivery method, however our format is a lecture-seminar hybrid where smaller groups of students are involved directly in creative and academic exercises – this is known amongst education specialists to be more conducive to learning.
Students are also passionate about the degree because it teaches them to be better writers. Everyone who comes to us already has some writing talent, but through the programme they refine that talent. They learn how to improve their plot structures, their use of language, their characterisation. They explore different mediums that they never thought of writing for before – many students come to us wanting to write a novel, but leave with a completed feature film script because they’ve found a new direction. It’s an exciting process and even more so when their improved skills and new industry knowledge lead to them being professionally published.

If you have any questions, get in touch – writing@grimsby.ac.uk.

Learning & Teaching Methods

Students will need to attend university two days a week. They will also need time for self-directed study and assessment completion, which can be done at home or at university to suit individuals’ commitments and preferences.

More information

UCAS Code:W801
Credit Level: 6
Credit value:360
Course start date: September
Course duration: 3 years full time
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