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University of Plymouth

Creative and Professional Writing

UCAS Code: W800

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

Entry requirements


104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.

Considered in combination

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26-28

Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5. Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology). Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D-D*D*

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.

Considered in combination

104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.

In combination with Advanced Highers

UCAS Tariff

104-112

Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.

Considered in combination

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Creative writing

The BA Creative & Professional Writing will train you as a creative writer in the broadest sense of the word, concentrating on both your personal development as a writer—but also your ability to use creative writing in a career of your choice. Creative writing is a surprisingly versatile subject that is in demand in the twenty-first-century workplace. This degree offers you a thorough grounding in the main forms of creative written expression but also teaches you the skills you’ll need as an industry-ready graduate, ready to contribute to the creative and cultural economy. As well as nurturing your passions and experiences as a writer, you will emerge with a distinctive profile including:

• Excellent written communication and oral presentation skills
• An ability to write across genres and in a variety of media
• Core skills of drafting, editing, proofreading
• An up-to-date knowledge of the market for different forms of creative writing, broadly conceived
• Experience of industry links and externally facing work
• An effective and appropriate professional presence both in person and online

The degree has three key strands: deep understanding of the craft of writing; writing as a professional activity; independent project work.

Modules

Year 1
In this year, you will study 6 core modules introducing you to the fundamental elements of writing and beginning your journey as a professional.

Craft of Writing I and II
Make It New: Digital Writing
Make Your Own: Bespoke Independent Project
Plus two literature modules to ground you in the basics of fiction
Year 2
This year will see you develop further skills within popular, market-driven genres, and engage further as a professional.

Professional Writing for Media
Genre Fiction: YAF, horror, sci-fi, romance, thrillers, and more
Creative Non-Fiction: travel writing, memoirs, autobiography
Dramatic Writing for Stage and Screen
The Impact of Publishing: learn about the elements of the publishing trade
Burning Issues: independent project engaging with other disciplines such as science writing, political writing, and more
Final year
In this year, you will start to find your specialist niche as a writer and look forward to your career. Engage in small, tailored workshops driven by the research interests of the staff and your own developing profile.

Advanced Short Story workshop with novelist Ben Smith
Advanced Poetry workshop with professor of poetry Anthony Caleshu
Features Journalism workshop with Times columnist Miriam Darlington
Script to Screen: make your own podcasts and films of your own work for a professional audience
Final Project: a year-long dissertation supervised one-on-one by a full-time member of staff

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Plymouth

Department:

School of Humanities and Performing Arts

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.

86%
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

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

75%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
65%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
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.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
70%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Other elementary services occupations
12%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£19k

£19k

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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