BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: G80 W8T1 Credit Level: 6 Credit Value: 360 Course Start Date: September Course Duration: 3 years full time

Do you want to be a writer? Develop the knowledge and skills you need to be a novelist, scriptwriter or journalist.

BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing Awarding body

Your Programme

About the BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing programme

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.

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.

Accreditation of prior learning

TEC Partnership encourages student transfers from other institutions.  Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL).  Please refer to the HE21 Student Transfer and the Accreditation of Prior Learning.

International admissions

TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact TEC Partnership’s Admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434.

International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

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 primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

Students will need to attend university around 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.

In many larger universities, lectures to hundreds of students are a common delivery method; however, our format is a lecture-seminar hybrid where you will be a part of a smaller group of students,  involved directly in creative and academic exercises – this is known amongst education specialists to be one of the most effective ways to learn and develop as a writer.

CEO of Hammond House Publishing, Ted Stanley, a graduate of University Centre Grimsby’s writing degree, says: “I really enjoyed the first year of the writing degree, working with a great crowd of creative people. The complementary modules are well structured and delivered with infectious enthusiasm by professional tutors who are able to draw on their comprehensive understanding of the subject and experience as professional writers.  The assignments challenge you to apply the skills and knowledge, and together with the incisive and informative feedback from tutors, form an important part of the learning process, encouraging continual improvement. The course was promoted as being suitable for anyone interested in making a career from writing. The results speak for themselves: coursework I completed on year one has already won awards and been published and I now run my own publishing company.”

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.