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Sheffield Hallam University

Creative Writing

UCAS Code: W800

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

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language at grade C or Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents.

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This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, including 40 points in either A level English language, English literature, English language and literature or creative writing. For example: BBB at A Level including A level English Literature. DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course

Course option


Full-time | 2019


Creative writing

This degree offers a deep creative and critical engagement with all of the major genres in creative forms of writing, enabling you to become a practised writer and sophisticated reader in a range of exciting texts.

In your first year you develop your intellectual curiosity, your creativity and your unique voice, studying alongside fellow writers and students of literature and language, and playing a full part in the life of an academic community that includes • creative and critical literary practice • drama and performance • history • film studies • screenwriting. You discover and refine areas of creative, critical and reflective practice which you build throughout the rest of the course.

In your second and third years, you supplement your core modules by selecting a range of options in creative writing and related areas of study. You may choose to further develop your skills and interests through study abroad, work-based projects, or by electing to study a modern foreign language.

In your final year you specialise in the practice of one or more of your chosen genres in the creative writing major project. Here, you have one-to-one support with a supervisor who is an expert in your chosen field of writing. The major project provides an excellent springboard either to further study (for instance, on our postgraduate taught MA in Creative Writing), or to a career which will draw on your advanced creative, critical and transferable skills.

**How you learn**

You learn through • workshops • seminars • lectures • tutorials • screenings • master classes from authors and industry figures. You are assigned a tutor who acts as your academic adviser, giving you one-to-one guidance throughout the degree.

Throughout you develop your ideas and voice through your own creative work. You form professional habits of drafting and reflection, learn to analyse texts and complementary art forms from the writer’s point of view, and apply the lessons learnt to your own work.

We run a number of events where you can perform and publish your work, such as our regular open mic night 'Speak Easy' and magazine Ink. You also have the opportunity to supplement your study through excursions such as theatre nights out at Sheffield’s Lyceum or London’s Globe, or through involvement in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

**Study abroad**

You have the chance to study overseas with one of our partner institutions, including Carnegie-Mellon University in the USA. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

**Work experience and external projects**

There is also the opportunity to undertake work-based projects to gain professional experience and understand how your skills and knowledge can be applied in the workplace.

You have the opportunity to complete a work-based project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism or publicity and enhancing your employability. Project hosts and roles have included • Grimm & Co – literary arts community volunteer • National Trust, Clumber Park – regional volunteer magazine assistant • Red Velvet Baking Co – student’s own business development • Sheffield Hallam Marketing – project assistant • Eckington School – English curriculum support.


Our degree programmes are innovative and cutting-edge. In order to ensure that they remain so, we regularly review our delivery and modular offering. Typical modules may include:

**Year one modues**- • introduction to screenwriting • story and image • epic transformations • writing prose and poetry • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • creative language awareness • modern foreign language

**Year two modules**- • creative writing: poetry • creative writing: novel • writing from life • creative writing: short story • gothic house fictions • Shakespearean drama • adapting for the screen • children's literature • work based project • modern foreign language • language and specialist cultural studies ULS • exchange student project

**Year three**- • creative writing major project • creative careers • in darkest England: fiction at work 1880-1915 • science fiction fantasy • writing and environment • literature in the twentieth century • experimental writing • work-based project • modern foreign languages

Assessment methods

• Creative writing projects
• Reflective and critical accounts
• Essays
• Presentations
• Online workbooks
• Blogs
• Contributions to online forums
• Examinations (including take-home exams)
• Professional development profiles
• Teaching practice
• Reflective diaries

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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Teaching and learning

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

Library resources
IT resources
Course specific equipment and facilities
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

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After graduation

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Top job areas of graduates

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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.

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







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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