University of Derby

Writing and Publishing with Foundation Year University of Derby Degree level: Undergraduate


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Writing and Publishing is an exciting new degree that combines authorship and publishing to open up a world of opportunities in the creative industries. It’s the first single honours degree of its kind in the UK.

If you aspire to work in writing, editing, literature or publishing, this degree will help you get there. You’ll explore the full creative process, from conception and writing through to content development, editing, publishing and sale. This means you will understand how the professional relationships within this industry work. You will build essential business and leadership skills and learn about important aspects of the law, including author contracts and copyright. Best of all, you’ll have opportunities to practice writing, editing and publishing through our in-house unit, Peregrine Publishing.

This degree will give you an in-depth appreciation of the writing and publishing industry as a whole, so whatever role you eventually find yourself in – writer, editor, literary agent, book or magazine publisher – you can excel.

There’s a good balance of intellectual study and practical business-focused knowledge, skills and understanding. You will learn through lectures, project work, group sessions, teamwork, independent study and research. During guest lectures and events, you will also hear from authors, editors and publishers about what it’s like to work in this field and how to improve your chances of success.

We’ll give you guidance on how to find internships or work experience in writing, editorial and publishing roles. You may also be able to volunteer with our own in-house publishing imprint, Peregrine Books, which publishes books, ebooks and periodicals on a commercial basis.

This Writing and Publishing degree will prepare you for a broad range of potential careers, including becoming a successful author in your own right. You would be suitable for roles in the book or magazine publishing industries, or you could work as a literary agent or freelance editor. If your ambition is to launch your own publishing venture, your newly acquired legal and business knowledge should really help you.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q601
Institution code D39
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Your offer will be based on your predicted grades from your core A2s (full A levels), BTEC Diploma etc. We will accept up to 16 points towards the total from level 3 qualifications such as AS (where those AS levels are not taken on to A2 level), the Extended Project, or Music qualifications.  We usually consider an A Level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria / offer.
A level DDD
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MPP
Access to HE Diploma Pass Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits:
45 at Level 3
15 at Level 2
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE Maths and English are preferred, however if you don't have these qualifications you will be able to undertake Maths and English at L2 as part of your course of study.

English language requirements

IELTS overall score at a minimum of 6.0; with at least IELTS 5.5 in each band (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) or another Secure English Language Test(SELT)at CEFR level B2 or above

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,045 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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University of Derby
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

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