BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing

About This Course

As a BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing student, you’ll develop your writing skills in a range of mediums, including short stories, journalism and scripts. You’ll start by learning a bit of everything and progress to specialising in a project of your choice, such as writing a novel, feature film, television series, graphic novel, game script, theatre script, radio play, non-fiction book or journalistic piece.

Our students come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common that brings them together – they want to be better writers. This may be because they want to improve their employment prospects; they’re already working as a writer; they want to write a novel or script; they want to achieve a degree in the subject; or simply because they love writing.

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Entry Requirements

Standard offer:
Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4.

Non-standard offer:
Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay about a book, TV show, film, game or other writing, plus two pages of original creative, script or non-fiction writing, evidencing sufficient capability for this level of study) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant work/experience.

What You Will Learn

Year 1 (Level 4):
In your first year, you will study a range of writing specialisms.

  • Writing True Stories
  • Writing for Comics
  • Writing Fiction
  • The Writer and the Reader
  • Scriptwriting
  • Journalism

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
  • Writing Non-Fiction
  • Narrative, Plot and Character
  • Freelance Writing Brief
  • Writing a Novel

Optional modules:

  • Advanced Scriptwriting
  • Writing for Games

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 complementary modules to help you perfect your writing practice and break into the industry.

  • Final Major Creative Project (60 credits)
  • Working as a Writer
  • Process and Practice
  • Publishing, Production and Promotion

Learning & Teaching Methods

This course is entirely coursework-based, with no exams whatsoever. The coursework is predominantly written work such as creative, professional, scripts and essays. There are also a small number of presentations, with flexibility for students who are unable to do these. You will also produce a published book and promotional materials; these involve some basic IT skills, which will be taught during lessons.

Programme Benefits

Hammond House Publishing say: “There are over eighty universities in the UK offering degrees in creative writing. I wonder how many can claim that their current undergraduates have featured in prestigious literary competitions, international film festivals, leading magazines and have 17 undergraduates become published authors in one year alone. If you’re serious about becoming a professional writer, find out about the Professional and Creative Writing degree at University Centre Grimsby.”

What Next?

Previous writing graduates have gone on to gain international publishing deals for their novels and production deals for their scripts, locally, nationally and even in Hollywood. Many work full-time in the writing industry; for example as journalists, copy writers, in marketing, or at publishers and newspapers. Others work freelance writing articles, as proofreaders and editors, or self-publishing books. Some graduates prefer to continue their education with a master’s degree and/or a teaching qualification, going on to careers teaching English, creative writing, media and other relevant subjects, whether in schools, colleges, universities or within the community. Doing this degree will increase your chances of publication and of a career in any area of the writing or education industries.

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