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BA (Honours) Creative Writing

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Year of Entry 2022/23
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: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 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 2022
Placement year available? Yes

Course summary

  • Experiment with long and short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, new media and script. 
  • Workshop your writing and learn essential skills for drafting and revising your work.
  • Connect with diverse audiences through your writing.
  • Kickstart your career with accredited work placements.

Develop your skills as a writer and content creator in a variety of media. You’ll be supported by our expert team of leading practitioners, with regular visits from industry professionals, such as editors and publishers. By developing technical skills while learning to express your creative flair, you’ll graduate with the skills and contacts you’ll need to thrive 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.

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our team of professional writers will help you become confident and skilled in everything from prose fiction to publishing. We’ll give you the opportunity to connect with our professional partners – gaining real-world experience of the creative industries and Sheffield’s vibrant cultural scene.

You learn through

  • lectures, seminars and individual tutorials
  • workshopping your writing
  • modules focused on specific forms and styles
  • working with different organisations and audiences
  • generating and pitching ideas
  • live readings and performances
  • masterclasses from guest writers
  • writing trips and retreats

Course leaders and tutors

Chris Jones
Chris Jones
Senior Lecturer

Chris Jones is a poet and collaborator on artistic projects

Dr Shelley Roche-Jacques
Dr Shelley Roche-Jacques
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing and Performance

I bring to my teaching my interest in dramatic action and the spatio-temporal elements of texts. This approach often helps students unpick ideas around genre, narrat … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You can take advantage of regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills to our industry and community partners – such as schools, museums, theatre companies and charities. You’ll work independently and in groups, bringing your ideas to life in response to real-world briefs. 

In your second year, you’ll raise your professional profile through our placement module. This gives you the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own creative enterprise. 

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 the London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. Some have also taken part in the Festival of Debate and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

Networking opportunities

Studying in Sheffield puts you at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene. We work with renowned festivals held in the city, such as Off the Shelf literary festival and Doc/Fest, an international documentary film festival. 

These events attract literary agents, publishers and high profile writers. Past students have volunteered as delegates – gaining experience working at the festivals while growing their professional network. Plus our innovative masterclass programmes give you a headstart in the writing and publishing industries.

We also have a strong network of graduates – and we encourage you to connect with partners outside of the university to give you the best career opportunities possible.

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Future careers

Studying Creative Writing develops written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to understand different audiences and frame a persuasive argument.

Our students have gone on to exciting careers in

  • creative industries, such as theatre and media
  • teaching and education
  • journalism
  • the charity sector
  • arts organisations
  • marketing, PR and communications
  • local and regional government
  • 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 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

  • the Humanities Lounge – an open space with flexible desks, large screens, laptop library, individual and collaborative workspaces, and a shared kitchen
  • an extensive collection of specialist books, databases and journals
  • a nationally and internationally-acclaimed teaching team of creative writers and English scholars

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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

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

Year 3

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 fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, 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 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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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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