University Centre Grimsby

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: TEC Partnership

Professional and Creative Writing

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Course summary

Do you want to be a writer? Develop the knowledge and skills you need to be a novelist, scriptwriter or journalist. As a BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing student, you’ll develop your writing skills in a range of mediums, including short stories, journalism and scripts. You’ll start by learning a bit of everything and progress to specialising in a project of your choice, such as writing a novel, feature film, television series, graphic novel, game script, theatre script, radio play, non-fiction book or journalistic piece. Our students come from a wide range of ages and backgrounds, but they all have one thing in common that brings them together – they want to be better writers. This may be because they want to improve their employment prospects; they’re already working as a writer; they want to write a novel or script; they want to achieve a degree in the subject; or just because they love writing. On the degree, you’ll be taught how to advance your creative writing skills, with topics such as plot structure, character creation and language style, as well as how to meet professional criteria such as tailoring your writing to meet the requirements of specific publications and contexts. The majority of your writing projects during the degree can be submitted directly to publishers, literary agents or production companies with a view to gaining professional freelance work even while you’re still studying. Your work also doubles as a portfolio that, along with the skills you’ll learn and the qualification itself, are likely to increase your chances of gaining employment as a writer – if that’s your goal. You will also learn how to publish and promote a book, including traditional routes and self-publishing. There are also publishing and production opportunities in-house and through our industry contacts. We regularly facilitate (optional) opportunities for students to gain professional publication and gain experience at professional companies such as newspapers, magazines and publishers. There are also opportunities to collaborate with peers on projects such as film, theatre, comics, and so on. As well as the creative and professional focus, there is also a strong academic underpinning. You will learn about how to make your writing authentic through research methods, how to develop engaging plots and identifiable characters, how to write for different audiences and genres, and so on. All of the academic essays are designed to inform your creative work, and they also ensure the potential to progress into teaching or onto a Master’s and PhD – if that’s your goal. In short, our graduates have a lot of options. They’re talented writers with knowledge, skill and connections, and they can choose to use all of that professionally or personally, as well as enjoying the pride, satisfaction and employment prospects that come with achieving a degree. With BA (Hons) Professional and Creative Writing, you can write, get published and graduate with an honours degree. This course is primarily designed for face-to-face learning, with attendance during lessons for the specified hours within the validation document. However, there may be periods of study where the government advises TEC Partnership that it is not safe to open campuses, or there is limited access due to social distancing measures. If the campus is closed, TEC Partnership will deliver your sessions online and offer you the necessary support and resources remotely. If there is limited access due to social distancing measures a blended model will be adopted, with some lessons taking place in small groups and others using online sessions and support.

Course details

Modules

Level 4 Writing True Stories Writing for Comics Writing Fiction The Writer and the Reader Scriptwriting Journalism Level 5 Genre Writing Non-Fiction Narrative, Plot and Character Advanced Scriptwriting (optional) Writing for Games (optional) Freelance Writing Brief Writing a Novel Level 6 Final Major Creative Project (60 credits) Working as a Writer Process and Practice Publishing, Production and Promotion All modules are compensatable except for Final Major Project

Assessment method

All coursework, no exams. Coursework is predominantly written work such as creative, professional, scripts and essays. There are also a small number of presentations, with flexibility for students who are unable to do these. Students will also produce a published book and promotional materials; these involve some basic IT skills, which will be taught during lessons.


How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
W8T1
Institution code:
G80
Campus name:
University Centre Grimsby
Campus code:
-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

TEC Partnership recognises a wide range of entry qualifications as being equivalent to A’ level standard; if students hold a qualification not listed above please contact TEC Partnership's admissions team on +44 (0) 1472 311222 ext 434. International students must evidence they possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Standard offer Applicants will require 80 UCAS points in a related subject, or 60 Access-to-HE Credits (of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3). Applicants are required to hold English GCSE (or equivalent) at Grade C/4. Non-standard offer Non-standard entry is intended to support students who may not meet the standard academic entry requirements of a HE programme, normally level 3 qualifications which attract UCAS points (for instance A-levels or BTEC level 3 courses). All such non-standard applicants will be interviewed, set an appropriate piece of work (an essay about a book, TV show, film, game or other writing, plus two pages of original creative, script or non-fiction writing, evidencing sufficient capability for this level of study) and a judgement made taking into account their academic potential and relevant work/experience. Accreditation of prior learning TEC Partnership encourages student transfers from other institutions. Applicants may be admitted with credit for prior certificated learning (APcL) or work/life experience or other uncertificated learning (APeL). Please refer to the HE21 Student Transfer and the Accreditation of Prior Learning.


Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £8500 Year 1
EU £10500 Year 1
Channel Islands £8500 Year 1
England £8500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8500 Year 1
Scotland £8500 Year 1
Wales £8500 Year 1
International £10500 Year 1

Additional fee information

Accommodation costs are £85-105 per week.
Professional and Creative Writing at University Centre Grimsby - UCAS