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Creative Writing University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
If you’re an aspiring writer, there’s no better place to hone your craft than the home of literary greats, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

On this BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree course, you’ll learn to write across various mediums. From stories to scripts and plays to poetry, you’ll develop your writing voice and improve your technique under the guidance of professional novelists, poets and playwrights.

The course develops your talent and prepares you for a career in writing. You’ll learn the skills to succeed in many creative and professional industries, from print and online media to film and television, as well as public relations, advertising and teaching.

What you'll experience
On this Creative Writing degree course, you'll:

  • Get to grips with techniques that writers have used for centuries and study contemporary skills to inspire and entertain your audience through the power of written word

  • Learn from published authors, scriptwriters and media specialists who'll help you bring your ideas to life in creative workshops

  • Share your work with fellow writers who are buzzing with fresh ideas

  • Learn to write across a variety of mediums and genres including magazine articles, television dramas, stage plays, autobiography, travel writing, fan fiction and publicity campaigns

  • Have the chance to publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog

  • Glean tips and tricks from visiting professional writers like Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

  • Get the opportunity to shadow theatre professionals and have your work performed on stage thanks to our links with Portsmouth's New Theatre Royal and other local theatres

Careers and opportunities
You’ll graduate from this Creative Writing degree course with the knowledge, skills and market awareness to succeed wherever your writing takes you, in whatever industry you choose.

With the ability to take on roles in a variety of professional and creative sectors, previous graduates have gone on to become copywriters, journalists, theatre managers and editorial assistants in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)

  • advertising and marketing

  • arts and events management

  • local and community broadcasting

  • teaching

You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

Course details

Modules

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

YEAR ONE
(Core)

  • True Stories
  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks and Techniques
  • Professional Writing
  • Media Writing: Critical Reviews and Features
  • Writing for the Film Industries

There are no optional modules in this year.

YEAR TWO
(Core)

  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Print Media
  • Finding Form

(Optional)

  • Approaches to Popular Culture
  • Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Media Writing for the Press
  • Media Writing for the Screen and Radio
  • Print Media
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • The Magazine
  • The Media and Propaganda
  • The Script
  • Transmedia Narratives and Strategies
  • Travel Writing

YEAR THREE
(Optional)

  • British TV Drama and Society
  • Comedy Culture and Form
  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Film and Media Dissertation
  • Media Fan Cultures
  • Media Writing Project
  • Researching Animation
  • The Literary Journalist
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

PLACEMENT YEAR
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • short stories
  • a novel in progress
  • a screenplay
  • a collection of poems
  • a magazine pitch
  • public relations campaign
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 12% by written exams, 5% by practical exams and 83% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.
A level 104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM
Access to HE Diploma 106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H4, H4
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D*
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 Tariff points.

Additional entry requirements

Portfolio

Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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