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Falmouth University

Journalism and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: 39B4

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

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

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A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Creative writing

Journalism

On this course you’ll explore new ways of storytelling, gain a real understanding of journalism, and graduate with a set of transferable skills to maximise your chance to make an impact in the contemporary media and literary world.

This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from poetry and screenwriting through to lifestyle and children’s fiction.

Modules

Year one:

The first year is foundational. You will be eased into what is recognised as a challenging transition to trainee journalist and budding creative writer. A distinguishing feature of this degree is that it isn't only lectures and seminars: There is also an abundance of practical and peer-reviewed workshops.

You learn by doing, and critically reflecting, on what you do.

All the fundamentals of journalism are addressed from the outset, from the challenges of telling true stories to the language of news and opinion writing to politics and media law. You'll acquire a multimedia toolkit which will serve you well on your journey through both sides of this degree.

?True Stories
?Multimedia Methods
?The Craft of Writing
?Blogging & The Personal Voice
?Creative Writing Strategies
?Critical Practices

Year two:

Core modules for Creative Writing allow you to experiment with genre and form and develop a greater awareness of audience and context. For Journalism, you'll focus on the production of magazines plus the closely related skill of feature writing.

?Genre and Form
?Magazine Content & Creation
?Features & Long Form
?Audience and Context
?Journalism & Communications Research
?Creative Writing options (Students pick from: Screen Writing / Business & Editorial Writing / Writing for Radio / Science Fiction)

Year three:

In your final year you'll engage in more extensive self-directed learning, taking on projects that allow you to focus on your chosen areas of creative writing.

You'll also complete a freelance portfolio as you work with increased freedom, allowing you to specialise further and prepare for your career ahead.

?Specialist Correspondent (Students pick two specialismsfrom: Culture; Crime & Courts; Foreign; Fashion; Science & Technology; Environment; Heath & Social care)
?Creative Writing options (Students two pick from: Writing a Novel; Writing for a Digital Age; Travel Writing; Mass Market Fictions; Creative Non-Fiction; Poetry for Publication & Performance; Pitching for Publication; Writing for Children)
?Dissertation
?Freelance Portfolio

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
£15,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Falmouth University

Department:

School of Writing and Journalism

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.

64%
low
Creative writing
70%
med
Journalism

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

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
75%
Staff are good at explaining things
64%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

71%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
38%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

93%
UK students
7%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Journalism

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

79%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
52%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
43%
Male students
57%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
19%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

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.

£16,300
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
68%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Other elementary services occupations
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.

Journalism

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
19%
Media professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Journalism roles are very sought after, and competition fierce, and with the Internet disrupting business models, this is likely to continue. It's not impossible to get into roles with a first degree — quite a few do - but they can often be insecure or on a freelance basis, and a lot of jobs in journalism go to postgraduates. Unpaid work is not the norm for new journalists, but it’s rather more common than for other roles, as personal contacts and work experience are important ways for would-be journalists to get their target jobs. The skills you can gain from a journalism degree can be useful in a range of industries, and so grads from these courses can be found in a wide range of jobs - first degree graduates often get jobs in marketing and PR where their skills at drafting copy to deadlines are appreciated. London tends to dominate the jobs market for journalism graduates - a quarter of journalism graduates went to work there - but 2015 graduates found opportunities elsewhere, particularly in larger cities with good local media.

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.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£17k

£17k

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.

Journalism

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

£13k

£13k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

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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