Consistently rated highly in the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our degree programme offers a blend of Creative Writing and English. We believe that to be a good writer, you also need to be a skilled reader. The combination of Creative Writing and Literary study is therefore central to our teaching. Our students join a community of dedicated, well-published writers and scholars. But we don’t just want you to learn from us; we want you to contribute to our culture of creativity, innovation and success. As educators, our aim is to help all our students achieve the very best of which they are capable and to direct them on a voyage of self-discovery. In particular, we are keen that you extend your experience beyond the university. In your final year you will have the opportunity to undertake a workplace module where you can apply your skills as a writer by, for example, working as a writer-in-residence. We are a small, teaching-focussed university. We have one of the best student retention rates in the country. We know and care about our students.
In your first year, you will take a combination of creative and critical modules. You will be introduced to the writing process through modules which help you develop a notebook, tap your own experience and engage with the wider world for material. You will also begin to learn the craft of Poetry and Prose. You will also take a number of critical modules which will include Literary History (C19th and C20th) and Literary Theory. In year two, you will deepen your practice of creative writing and have a choice of Poetry, Short Fiction, Life Writing, Writing for Children or Dramatic Writing. On the critical side, you will take modules in Literary History (the Renaissance to the Romantics) and Genre Poetry and Prose Fiction. By year three, we feel you will know what you want to specialise in. Creative writing modules include Writing the Novel, Writing the Short Story, Screenwriting, Advanced Poetry, Writing for Children, Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, YA Fiction, Flash Fiction, Digital Writing and Writing Place and Environment. While publishing is a consistent element throughout the degree, in year three there is a designated module in Publishing, Production and Performance. Critical modules include Psychoanalysis and Culture, Fantasy Literature, Fairy Tales, Professional Writing, Twentieth and Twenty First Century Literature and The Ethics of Reading. We also run a Work Placement module.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
The University welcomes mature applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements listed here. As an alternative, a 'non-standard entry portfolio' may be set for the applicant to complete in order to demonstrate their readiness for higher education. • IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5
English language requirements
If you are an international student and English is not your first language, you can begin your 3-year degree programme with IELTS 5.5. Our International Route allows you to take 4 credit-bearing modules in International English Studies (IES) as part of your first year studies. This means you study 4 modules in your chosen subject and 4 in International English. The IES Modules allow you to focus on personal language development and your use of English as an academic language. Then, at the end of your first year, you’ll have all the necessary language skills to transfer to full study of your main subject. If you have an IELTS score under 5.5 you can still begin a 3-year degree programme with us. In this case we provide a 5 or 10 week intensive Presessional Programme in English language and academic skills. For the 10 week Programme you’ll need IELTS 4.5, and IELTS 5.0 for the 5 week Programme.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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University of Chichester
Bishop Otter Campus