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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.

UCAS Tariff

120

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.

77%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Creative writing

•Learn the essential skills to write prose, script and poetry.
•Increase your employability by working on live projects.
•Become confident and able in self-expression through writing.

On this broad-based contemporary writing course you develop your writing skills and study a wide range of literature with a team of writers and tutors, while working on live projects to prepare you for a successful career.

Most of your learning will be done in group lectures and seminars. You work both independently and on collaborative projects. The focus throughout is to develop your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills.

You learn through
•lectures and seminars
•one-to-one tutorials
•workshops
•independent study
•film screenings
•masterclasses from authors and industry figures

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Studying abroad

In your second year you have the chance to study abroad as part of an exchange programme.

Live projects

In your second or final year, you can partake in a work-based project developing specific employability skills, and also focus on learning a foreign language. You have the opportunity to complete a work-based project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism, archiving, heritage, or publicity. Project hosts have included Grimm & Co, National Trust, Sheffield Hallam marketing, and Eckington School.

There are also opportunities throughout the year to experience and work with cultural events, and previous partnerships have included Sheffield's established Off the Shelf literary festival.

Field trips

We attend performances at theatres including Sheffield's Lyceum and London's Globe, visit a range of museums and heritage sites, and take trips to a range of local places of interest. In your final year, you will be invited on a writing retreat.

Networking opportunities

We run a regular masterclass series, where published authors, poets and other creative practitioners perform and discuss their work. We also offer a number of one-off events throughout the year, where you can meet and talk with industry professionals, agents and writers. The Students' Union also offers opportunities for publication and publishing.

Modules

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

Tuition fees

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International
£13,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Social Sciences 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.

85%
med
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
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

82%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
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
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

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.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education
83%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Customer service 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.

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.

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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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