Chichester hosts one of the best creative writing courses in the country and our staff are all published writers with a wide knowledge of the writing industry. Consistently rated highly in the National Student Satisfaction Survey, our degree programme will help you to find your voice by learning the craft of writing across a wide variety of genres, including poetry, short fiction, drama, screenwriting, creative non-fiction, novel writing, writing for young people and digital writing. You will work with published writers and will also explore the pleasures and challenges of developing your work from a first idea to an early draft to a finished poem, story or script. 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 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 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, Prose and Life Writing. You will also take two critical English modules to widen your knowledge of the tradition. In year two, you will deepen your practice of Poetry, Short fiction and Life Writing in detail. You will take modules in Children’s Fiction. There will also be the opportunity to take a module in Writing for TV. Once again, you will take two critical modules designed to complement your work in poetry and short fiction. By year three, we feel you will know what you want to say and how you want to say it. You will therefore be able to choose from a range of modules such as: Writing the Novel, Writing the Short Story, Screenwriting, Advanced Poetry, Writing for Children, Writing for the Stage, Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, YA Fiction, Flash Fiction, Digital Writing and Writing Place and Environment. The Work Placement module allows you to develop your skills in a work environment, for example by working with a community group on a writing project.
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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- Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester
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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
|IELTS (Academic)||6||No component less than 5.5|
|PTE Academic||50||50-57 and no lower than 50-57 in each component|
|TOEFL (iBT)||79||At least: 18 in Reading 17 in Listening 20 in Speaking 17 in Writing|
Qualifications recognised for English language proficiency
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
|Republic of Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
Additional fee information
University of Chichester
Bishop Otter Campus