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Year of Entry 2020/21
BA (Honours)

Creative Writing

Full-time English

Bring your creative ideas to life with our expert team of novelists, poets, scriptwriters, editors and agents.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,650 per year
How long will I study? 3 / 4 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 2020
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.

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.

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Watch student Lauren O'Donoghue talk about what it’s like to study this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Yvonne Battle-Felton talk about this course.

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

Course leaders and tutors

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Senior Lecturer

Chris Jones is a poet and collaborator on artistic projects

Applied learning

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 your second year, 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. 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.

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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 
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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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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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

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.

GCSE

  • 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'.


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: 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 2

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 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Year 4

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/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 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 2020/21 is £13,650 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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