University for the Creative Arts

Degree level: Undergraduate

Creative Writing (Distance Learning)

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Course summary

Have you always wanted to write a novel, create a screenplay, or perfect your poetry? Whatever you’re looking to write, our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree will give you the tools and inspiration to help you achieve it. This degree will empower you with effective practices, encouraging you to write more frequently and with more purpose than ever before. Shared experiences are reflected throughout the course, which is packed full of options so you can develop your writing in your own way and in your preferred genre. You’ll study the basics of writing and how to remain engaged and will cover different styles of writing, from poetry and scriptwriting to short fiction and children’s books. You’ll be directed to read the best writers, exploring what makes To Kill A Mockingbird so compelling, or why the script of Casablanca works so well, and then apply these techniques to your own writing. Become the protagonist of your own story. Start writing today.

Course details


This degree has three levels (HE4, HE5, HE6), each comprising 120 credits. HE4 - This level comprises one core unit and two elective units. At this level, the emphasis will be on the acquisition of skills and good working practice. You will be introduced to other’s work through directed and self lead research, and will be encouraged to reflect upon your learning journey. HE5 - This level comprises two elective units. At this level, you will continue to develop and improve your skills and the quality of your work, whilst further underpinning your work with contextual research. You will start to develop a personal language and voice, and begin to articulate your own view, backed up by reasoned argument. HE6 - This level comprises two core units. At this final level, you will begin the transition from being a self motivated student to an independent artist/practitioner, demonstrating inventiveness, judgement as well as originality. You will also gain an understanding of the professional arena and take ownership and responsibility of your practice.

How to apply

To apply for this course you will be taken to the provider's website, where you can find out more information and make an application.

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

OCA is Open Access, meaning we do not require any specific academic qualifications or a portfolio review, only that you meet the minimum entry requirements. IT Requirements Access to a desktop computer or laptop with internet access: as OCA degree programmes are designed to be studied at a distance, it is essential that students have a desktop computer or laptop with internet access that they are able to use regularly, and that they are able to easily manage a range of basic functions through ICT. OCA will consider exempting students from the requirement to have access to ICT in specified circumstances. Ability to easily manage a range of basic functions through ICT: students must be able to easily manage a range of basic functions through ICT. OCA will consider exempting students from the requirement to use IT in specified circumstances.

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English language requirements

This OCA degree is an open access course; this means that there are no formal qualifications or experience required to join the course. All OCA courses require students to be IT literate, have a good internet connection, and have a good standard of English equivalent to CEFR B2. Our Music Course does require a small level of study.

Further details on the entry requirements can be found in the Student Regulations (see link below)

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Fees and funding

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Creative Writing (Distance Learning) at University for the Creative Arts - UCAS