BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing

Creative and Professional Writing at Winchester encourages students to evolve as writers and approach writing with due cognisance of wider literary, cultural and professional contexts.

BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing at University of Winchester

UCAS code: W801

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer: 

2016 Entry: 300-340 points

2017 Entry: 120-136 points

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

27 points

If English if not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £9,000 p/a
Part-Time £1,125 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will not exceed the government permitted rate of £6,750.
Total Cost £27,000 (3 years)

International Students

2016 Entry (Full-time) | £11,300 p/a
Part-Time £1,410 per 15 credit module. The number of credits available per module may vary. Students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year.
Total Cost £33,900 

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Additional Costs:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):



Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


Numerous modules in Year 3 encourage students to use their own creativity to engage with employers and the wider community.


Students have the opportunity to have their work published in Vortex - the student writing magazine.


Students have the chance to attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series - an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents.

Student Satisfaction:

Student satisfaction
This is a new course and so there is currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied has been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

The BA Creative Writing programme at the University of Winchester, which is the sister programme to the BA Creative and Professional Writing named award, is in the top 10 for student satisfaction (National Student Survey 2015).

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

This course encourages students to see writing of all kinds in relation to wider literary, cultural and professional contexts. We want everyone to become the best writer they can be, whether that be creating novels, poems or scripts, feature articles and travel writing, museum exhibitions and biographies, or reports or copywriting. Whichever genre students feel most comfortable with the most important thing is that they demonstrate a high level of technical skill, an aptitude for expressing themselves through writing, and a commitment to hard work and personal development.

Students utilise advanced communication and writing skills in a variety of creative and professional contexts, learning how they can use different techniques, styles and tones to match a wide variety of audiences.

In Year 1, students learn to work in the four key genres of creative writing (fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry and script) and develop skills in editing and proofreading. Students are encouraged to develop their own creativity in a variety of ways and to examine ways in which writers use and break the rules of writing. 

In Year 2, students can choose to specialise in particular genres of writing, many of which relate clearly to specific professional/vocational environments. At the same time students are further developing their research, editing and publishing skills. 

In Year 3, students may take professionally-orientated modules that focus on areas such as exhibitions, radio plays, film script and creative non-fiction for children, in addition to modules that focus on aspects of creative writing practice.

Year 1

  • Fictional Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Poetry Now!
  • Language-Writing-Reading
  • Professional Writing 1
  • Publishing 1

Optional modules:

  • Creativity
  • Using Rhetoric

Year 2

  • Rewriting and Adapting
  • Professional Writing 2
  • Publishing 2: E-books

Students must take two of the following modules:

  • Professional Placement Module
  • Copywriting
  • Report and Policy Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • Media Writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Volunteering

Students can take three of the following modules:

  • The Short Story
  • Fiction for Children
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Playwriting 1
  • Poetry: Making it New
  • Author Study
  • Writing and the Environment
  • Fairy Tale Fictions
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Fiction for Children 1: In the Beginning
  • Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End
  • Creativity and the Imagination
  • Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Writing and Ethnicity: Special Study
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Life Writing and Biography
  • Telling True Stories
  • Cinematography
  • Editing Sound and Image

Year 3

  • Extended Creative Project
  • Professional Writing 3
  • Publishing 3: Hard-copy
  • Publishing

Students must take one of the following modules:

  • Writing for Display
  • E-Writing
  • Script to Film
  • Page to Stage
  • Academic Writing
  • Creativity: Writing and Teaching
  • Business Storytelling

Students can take three of the following modules:

  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Special Study
  • Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • Poetry Project: Writing for Publication
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Film Script Development
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • The Writers' Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Writing-History-Fiction
  • Science Fictions and Fantasies
  • Writing for Radio

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at

Creative and Professional Writing is a healthy and vibrant subject area at undergraduate level at Winchester. We aim to shape confident learners by enabling students to develop the skills to excel in their studies here and be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem solving, and analysis with the support of staff. Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Workshops, seminars and tutorials form the basis of teaching within the degree programmes. However, this model works quite flexibly across a range of modules, with some utilising a two or three hour period each week for workshops, presentations, tutorials and film screenings.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students of creative writing are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors, the wide range of services to students within the University and with visiting writers.

Key areas of the student experience include:

  • Opportunities to have work published in the Vortex student writing magazine, For more information, and to read back-issues of the magazine, please visit the 'Vortex' page
  • Students have the chance to attend the Winchester Writers Festival so they can meet authors, publishers and agents who attend.

Teaching team

Glenn FosbraeyProgramme Leader
T: +44 (0) 1962 827635
Interests include: Song lyrics, playwriting and non-fiction

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

Assessment follows a common set of regulations which govern all degree programmes within the University, but we interpret these as flexibly as possible in order to offer students the greatest variety achievable. Most modules have at least one piece of practical writing as part of their assessment, supported by either a critical rationale, critical evaluation, presentation, pitch, course folder or journal.

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates work as published writers, editors and copywriters or enter a range of careers within marketing, advertising or teaching.

Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study, both at Masters and Doctoral level. Recent graduates have also successfully set themselves up as freelance writers, or else gone into a variety of areas of employment including public service, charitable and community work, administration, teaching, publishing, banking, law, PR, marketing, copywriting, estate agency, sales authorship, recruitment, optometry

One student wrote to the department recently stating: “I now work as Staff Writer on two magazines at Haymarket. I know that my degree gave both my manager and me the confidence that they could throw work at me and I could do it accurately and creatively, working within the set style but keeping it interesting.”

Some of our graduates who became professional writers have also returned to teach creative writing classes here and at other universities, schools and colleges. Many of our students go on to great things in the world of writing and have had their work published.

Explore the graduate profiles for this course: Oliver - Freelance Writer


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.


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