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University of Cumbria

Creative Writing

UCAS Code: QW38

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-B,B,B

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:21

60 credits, 45 graded at Level 3

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

MMM-DDM

Scottish Higher

B,B,C,C-A,A,B,B

UCAS Tariff

96-120

Preferably with English Literature

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Creative writing

Love writing and want a Creative Writing degree that could unlock exciting career opportunities?

Well, we’ve put together this innovative course that will harness your creative thinking, develop literary techniques, enable you to explore a range of genres and hone your digital writing skills.

You’ll study surrounded by the iconic scenery of the Lake District National Park – now a World Heritage Site - which inspired some of Britain’s greatest writers including Wordsworth, Ransome, Potter and Ruskin.

**Why Choose University of Cumbria**

You’ll be able to get a firm grasp of writing fiction, creative non-fiction, script and poetry, but we’ll also equip you with digital writing, including blog and website content, and editing skills.

Plus, you’ll gain an insight into the professional world of writing and kick-start your literary portfolio with opportunities to contribute to external publications.

- Develop vital employability skills to assist you in securing a job or to run your own business

- Freedom to develop your own creative pieces

- Create a portfolio to present to future employers

- Studying on a dedicated arts campus means you’re in a vibrant and creative community to fire your imagination

- Part of Carlisle’s thriving literary scene

- Small class sizes enable us to help you develop and flourish throughout your studies

- Our tutors are all experienced writers

- You have the flexibility to choose from a range of innovative modules

- Develop your digital and new media skills to strengthen your CV

- Opportunities to contribute to external publications

Wherever your passion for writing takes you – be it freelance writing, working in publishing or writing content for online media – we’ll equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to successfully step into the job market.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£10,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Carlisle - Brampton Road

Department:

Institute of the Arts

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

English studies

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
53%
Male students
47%
Female students
45%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

16%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
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.

£14k

£14k

£16k

£16k

£18k

£18k

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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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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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