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Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Creative Writing

Full-time English

Develop your voice and confidence as a creative writer through this practice-based and employability-focused degree.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W800
When do I start? September

Student satisfaction

This course scored 100% for overall satisfaction in the 2018 National Student Survey.

Course summary

  • Learn the essential skills to write prose, script and poetry.
  • Increase your employability by working on live projects.
  • Become confident and able in self-expression through writing.

On this broad-based contemporary writing course you develop your writing skills and study a wide range of literature with a team of writers and tutors, while working on live projects to prepare you for a successful career.

Student view

Watch student Ellie Wright talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch lecturer Dr Harriet Earle talk about our English courses

Most of your learning will be done in group lectures and seminars. You work both independently and on collaborative projects. The focus throughout is to develop your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • workshops
  • independent study
  • film screenings
  • masterclasses from authors and industry figures

Course leaders and tutors

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Senior Lecturer

Chris Jones is a poet and collaborator on artistic projects

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

Studying abroad

In your second year you have the chance to study abroad as part of an exchange programme.

Live projects

In your second or final year, you can partake in a work-based project developing specific employability skills, and also focus on learning a foreign language. You have the opportunity to complete a work-based project, gaining professional experience in areas such as literary editing, feature journalism, archiving, heritage, or publicity. Project hosts have included Grimm & Co, National Trust, Sheffield Hallam marketing, and Eckington School.

There are also opportunities throughout the year to experience and work with cultural events, and previous partnerships have included Sheffield's established Off the Shelf literary festival.

Field trips

We attend performances at theatres including Sheffield's Lyceum and London's Globe, visit a range of museums and heritage sites, and take trips to a range of local places of interest. In your final year, you will be invited on a writing retreat.

Networking opportunities

We run a regular masterclass series, where published authors, poets and other creative practitioners perform and discuss their work. We also offer a number of one-off events throughout the year, where you can meet and talk with industry professionals, agents and writers. The Students' Union also offers opportunities for publication and publishing.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • teaching
  • advertising
  • business writing
  • the media
  • publishing
  • editing
  • industry
  • journalism
  • academia
  • graduate training schemes
Student success story
James Giddings

‘During the MA I started to get my work published in magazines. The course helped equip me with the skills needed to confidently take my knowledge into the job market.’

James Giddings, MA Creative Writing, graduate 2015

Find out more about his experience.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.


  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or a recognised equivalent

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

We welcome applications from people of any age.

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'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Epic Transformations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Screenwriting Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Space, Place And Identity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Prose And Poetry Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing With Pictures Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Writing Yourself: Theory, Practice And Creativity Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: English In The World Credits: 20
Module: Poetry And Poetics Credits: 20
Module: Story And Narrative Credits: 20
Module: Writing And Environment Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Adapting For The Screen Credits: 20
Module: Creative Writing For Young People Credits: 20
Module: Dark Fictions: Deception, Detection And Death Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Gothic House Fiction Credits: 20
Module: Writing From Life Credits: 20

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Writing Major Project Credits: 40
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Creative Careers Credits: 20
Module: Experimental Writing Credits: 20
Module: Exploring English Education Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Identity And The Body Credits: 20
Module: In Darkest England: Fiction At Work Credits: 20
Module: Representing Modernity 1900-2000: Modernism, Realism, Postmodernism Credits: 20
Module: Science Fiction And Fantasy Credits: 20
Module: Work-Based Project Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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