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Year of Entry 2021/22
BA (Honours)

Creative Writing with Foundation Year

Full-time English

Bring your creative ideas to life with our expert team of novelists, poets, scriptwriters, editors and agents - with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 48 UCAS points
What is the UCAS code? C020
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Experiment with fiction, non-fiction, poetry, new media and script.
  • Learn how the creative arts can help to make a difference across the world.
  • Connect with diverse audiences through your writing.
  • Kick-start your career with accredited work placements.
  • Join at the foundation year and develop your personal skills, awareness of resources and commitment to the subject

On this course, you’ll focus on your development as a writer and content creator. You’ll be supported by a network of leading practitioners, editors and publishers, graduating with the skills and real-world contacts you need to work as a writer.

How you learn

In the foundation year, you will start by developing a good foundation of knowledge but also the personal skills and awareness of resources that will help you manage your studies effectively and be self-motivated. Throughout the degree, our team  of novelists, poets, scriptwriters and editors will help you become a confident writer skilled in everything from prose fiction to publishing. 

Our external networks create opportunities for you to connect with professional partners, gaining valuable real-world experience of the creative industries and the vibrant Sheffield creative scene.

You learn through

  • generating and pitching ideas
  • workshopping your writing
  • working with different audiences
  • live readings and performances
  • writing and sharing your work online and offline
  • specialist workshops, lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • live projects
  • writing retreats

Applied learning

Live projects 

You’ll get regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills to our industry and community partners. You’ll work independently and in groups throughout your studies, bringing your ideas to life in response to real briefs. 

In the foundation year, you will undertake a series of projects that respond to real world debates.

Work placements

In the second year of the full degree, you’ll raise your professional profile through a placement module. You’ll have the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own enterprise. 

Previous students on this course have worked with local schools and local children’s charities to develop materials and resources. Many have also gained experience in industries such as  publishing, event design and public relations, and some have even started their own businesses. 

Field trips

We run regular local, regional and international field trips at no additional cost such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. These start right from the beginning of the foundation year and continue throughout your studies. Students in previous years have visited London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. They also took part in the Festival of Debate, Doc/Fest film festival and Off the Shelf literature festival, and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

Networking opportunities

We work with renowned festivals such as Off the Shelf and Doc/Fest and bring literary agents, publishers, and high profile writers to Sheffield to work with our students. You can take part in networking events and masterclasses, giving you a head start in the writing and publishing industries. 

You’ll also have the opportunity to work with leading researchers. We have a strong alumni network and will encourage you to connect with partners outside of the University to give you the best career opportunities possible.


Future careers

Our students have gone on to exciting careers in

  • the creative industries
  • marketing, communications and media
  • local and regional government
  • the charity sector
  • education
  • social work
  • postgraduate study and academia

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you’ll have access to our dedicated humanities suite, including

  • co-working spaces with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, comfy seating, and a shared kitchen
  • a specialist cinema equipped with state-of-the-art 4K digital projection and twin 35mm film projectors
  • a learning centre holds an extensive collection of subject-specific books, journals, and databases
  • a Skills Centre offering specialist advice to hone essential skills and provide feedback on your academic writing

Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A Level, BTEC or equivalent; prior learning options available for students that have been out of education for a number of years, but can show some commitment to the subject (e.g. evidence of some creative writing when applying to Creative Writing course). GCSEs – English Language at C, but no requirement for Maths.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Talent Accelerator Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Being A Writer Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Craft And Form Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing For The Screen Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Live Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics Credits: 20
Module: Half Hour Script Credits: 20
Module: Ideas Into Action Credits: 40
Module: Truth, Half-Truth And Lies: Creative Non-Fiction Credits: 20
Module: What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction Credits: 20

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Writing Major Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Counter-Culture And Creativity Credits: 20
Module: Games Narratives Credits: 20
Module: Life On Earth: Writing And Environment Credits: 20
Module: Make It New: Experimental Writing Credits: 20
Module: Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy Credits: 20
Module: Writing For Young People Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

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