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University of East London

Creative and Professional Writing (with Foundation Year)

UCAS Code: W801

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

Entry requirements


A level

C,C

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

MM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MPP

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64
50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Creative writing

If you want to study creative writing but you don’t meet the standard entry requirements for a degree, this extended course is perfect for you.
First we prepare you for your degree during the foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

And there has never been a more exciting time to be a writer. The internet has changed the world, increasing the scope for writers and their work. Our course recognises and embraces these opportunities. At UEL, we’re building a community of writers and artists with something to say about themselves, and about the world.

Our unique programme invites you to experiment and dare to challenge traditional ways of looking at ‘genre’ in writing. We encourage you to explore multi-media approaches to your work and to experiment with poetry, prose, drama and different media.

We’ll help you find your own path as a writer. You’ll be introduced to various types of writing across a range of disciplines, paving your way for employment in many different areas where your skills will be highly valued.

Modules

Foundation Year:
Academic Development (core)
Independent Project (core)
London and Literature (core)
Reporting London (option)
London and History (option)
Media, Culture and Society (option)
Visual Communication (option)
Creative Digital Practice (option)
Year 1:
Critical Approaches to Creative Writing (core)
Creative Practice 1 (core)
Media Lab (core)
Literature: Form & Theory (optional)
Tradition & Change in Western Literature (optional)
Year 2:
The Writer’s World (core)
Creative Practice 2 (core)
Story & Myth (core)
Adaptation: Form & Practice (optional)
American Literature (Optional)
Year 3:
Dissertation for Creative Writing (core)
Creative Practice 3 (core)
Life Writing (core)
Copywriting (core)
Research Methods (core)

Assessment methods

We use different forms of teaching and assessment on this course, including formal lectures, small group workshops, research exercises, individual portfolios and extended pieces of written work. In some modules, you have the opportunity to produce and present your work in groups.

You also have the opportunity to engage in digital production and presentation of textual material in MediaLab. In your final year, you’ll carry out a dissertation project that will allow you to develop an extended piece of creative writing based on your own area of interest and research.

We assess modules at the end of the semester. We use a range of different modes of assessment, including portfolios, short and extended creative writing assignments, essays and presentations.

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
£11,880
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Docklands Campus

Department:

School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

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.

87%
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

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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
73%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
31%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C
261

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
92%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Customer service occupations
7%
Teaching and educational professionals
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.

£13k

£13k

£17k

£17k

£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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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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