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Brunel University London

Creative Writing

UCAS Code: W800

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

including grade B in English

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

in a relevant subject

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

M2,M2,M2

GCSE/National 4/National 5

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 and above are required, including English Language and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

including Higher Level 5 in English

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

including H3 in English

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DD

in any subject and A-level grade B in English

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDD

in a related subject, with an A-level grade B in English. Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DD

in any subject and A-level grade B in English

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate

D

in any subject with A levels grade BB including English

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DDD

in a related subject, with an A-level grade B in English. Applicants without A-Level grade B in English will be required to submit a written sample of work.

Scottish Advanced Higher

B,B,B

including grade B in English

UCAS Tariff

120-144

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

73%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Other options

6 years | Part-time | 2018

Subject

Creative writing

English and Creative Writing at Brunel is ranked 8th in the UK and 2nd in London. (The Guardian 2018).

We consider writing as a gift, a profession and, above all, a joy. Our courses will sharpen your creative and analytical skills and develop your confidence and passion for writing.
We will introduce you to a wide range of literary genres – supported by the research interests of our staff. You’ll cover fantasy, thriller, experimental, steampunk, historical, horror, political, feminist, chick lit, lad lit, crime and comic fiction.
We believe that the best teachers of writing are writers, so we’ve filled our department with some of the most talented and original wordsmiths working today. These include Benjamin Zephaniah one of the pioneers of the performance poetry movement in Britain, and Bernardine Evaristo MBE, who founded the Brunel University African Poetry Prize in 2011.
We’re committed to teaching you the craft of creative writing in a supportive and motivating environment that will nurture your work and help you develop as a writer.

You can also select one of our joint honours degrees, combining your interest in creative writing with English, Games Design or Theatre. You’ll find more details online at: www.brunel.ac.uk
We have strong links with industry. We work closely with agents, publishers, producers and other key industry professionals, giving you the best opportunity to understand the competitive world of the creative industries. You’ll further develop your knowledge of the writing professions through our career-focused module on creative writing and the creative industries. Past students have gone on to work at the BBC and Universal Studios, as well as publishing novels, having plays produced and screenwriting.
We are proud that our Creative Writing BA is considered one of the best in the UK, consistently appearing in The Guardian’s top 15. We will encourage your creative freedom and you’ll have the chance to publish your work. Every year we produce an anthology of student writing, curated and co-edited by Creative Writing students. The first – The Voices Inside our Heads – featured the work of 29 final-year students and was published in 2014. You’ll learn writing techniques from experts and develop your own skills to create fiction, theatre and poetry. In your final year you’ll create a major piece of work which might be a short story, a novel fragment, a portfolio of poems, a short play, script or collection of journalism. You’ll also work on a critical project that supports your writing. So, if you choose to write a film comedy, you’ll be encouraged to study contemporary screen comedy. If you opt for a short story with a post-colonial theme you’ll be expected to study post-colonial fiction.
Getting ready for work - You’ll get plenty of exposure to the industry. We invite guest speakers including practitioners from book, magazine and news publishing, film and television, talent agents and career development consultants to come and talk to our students. You can gain further industry experience by joining internship programmes with our support. The advanced communication and research skills you acquire at Brunel are widely prized by employers, including those in the arts, publishing, teaching and marketing. Our graduates are doing wonderful things in publishing, journalism, advertising, television, film, public relations and teaching.

Modules

Typical modules in year 1:

Reading Resilience,

Introduction to Writing Fiction,

Introduction to Writing Drama,

Introduction to Writing Poetry,

World Literature,

Critical Reading Portfolio.


Typical modules in year 2:

Writing Contemporary Poetry,

Writing the Short Story,

Writing Journalism,

Screenwriting,

Horror, Sci-fi and Fantasy Nineteenth-Century Novel,

Shakespeare Text & Performance,

Modernism,

Romanticism & Revolution,

The Women’s Movement & 20th Century Writing,

Contemporary British Fiction,

Genre Fiction.


Typical modules in year 3:

Project,

Minor project,

Writing Modern Drama,

Writing Modern Fiction,

Writing Comedy,

Performance Poetry,

Pyschogeography,

The Muslim World in Early Modern English,

Jane Austen,

Writing Ireland,

Modern & Contemporary Lesbian Literature and more.


Visit website for full course and module details.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£14,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Brunel University London

Department:

Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Creative writing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

73%
Library resources
81%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B
365

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
88%
med
Employed or in further education
54%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
7%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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