BA (Hons) Creative Writing

Creative Writing at Winchester is a practice-based discipline with workshops designed to encourage students to evolve as writers in new and individual ways.

BA (Hons) Creative Writing at University of Winchester

UCAS code: W800

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2017 Entry: 120-136 points

2018 Entry: 112-128 points

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

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration:

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

27 points

If English is 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

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) 

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) 

2018 fee's are subject to approval by the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts:  Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £160 per academic year. 


  • Field trip: In students second year of study, there may be a field trip dependending on module choices. Cost £20.  

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):


Work placement:

All students are offered the chance to conduct a work placement in Year 2.


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

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World


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:

Our students have expressed outstanding levels of satisfaction in:

  • The course overall
  • The way staff explain things
  • Making the subject interesting
  • Academic advice and support

The Creative Writing programme at the University of Winchester is in the top 10 for student satisfaction, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

This bears out the feedback we receive from our students on a weekly basis throughout the academic year. Students very much value what our External Examiner described as the 'wonderful and varied' scope of the programme, and the 'sheer variety of module choice.' It is a degree which is seen as 'student-friendly and yet challenging throughout.' The combination of enthusiasm, variety and good teaching is what identifies the BA Creative Writing programme at Winchester as one of the most successful of its kind in the UK.

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.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

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.

The programme enhances the skills of every evolving writer at their own pace and in their own way, showing them how their work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context.

The course seeks to move students progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first year, and then allowing them to specialise in Year 2 and 3. It develops the students' own work by giving them positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. This is enhanced by a workshop environment which helps students form a critical understanding of their own writing and the writing of others. Guidance is given on audience (for example editor, agent or publisher) where appropriate.

In Year 2, the focus becomes more specific with modules that concentrate on elements of different genres such as writing for children, media writing, poetry, song and play, film and TV script. 

In Year 3, the modules look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, exploring publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching.

Year 1

Core modules:

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

Optional modules:

  • Persuasive Writing
  • Creativity

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Rewriting and Adapting
  • Creative Voice 2

Optional modules:

  • Publishing 2: E-books
  • 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
  • Professional Placement Module
  • Writing and Ethnicity: Special Study
  • Copywriting
  • Report and Policy Writing
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Travel Writing
  • Life Writing and Biography
  • Telling True Stories
  • Media Writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Creative Project
  • Creative Voice 3

Optional modules:

  • Publishing 3: Hard-copy Publishing
  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Special Study
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • E-Writing
  • Script to Film
  • Page to Stage
  • Academic Writing
  • Poetry Project: Writing for Publication
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Film Script Development
  • Creativity: Writing and Teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • The Writers' Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Business Storytelling
  • 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 The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Creative 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.

Programme Leader

Glenn FosbraeyInterests include: Song lyrics, playwriting and non-fiction

Teaching team


Attendance regulations 

This programme has two attendance thresholds (50% & 25%) and different penalties will apply if you fail to meet them.

If you fail to attend at least 50% of the timetabled workshops, seminars, group work, or other taught sessions of any module (equivalent to being absent from at least 6 weekly classes) all of your assessment marks for the module will be capped at the minimum pass level (40%), regardless of whether they were submitted and marked before your attendance dropped below the 50% threshold.

Group Work: Where one or more members of a group fails to achieve at least 50% of the level of participation agreed, the group shall inform the Module Leader as soon as possible.  After evaluating any information provided by the group and the member(s) concerned, the Module Leader has discretion whether to take action.  Depending on the circumstances, this may include one or more of the following:

a)      removing the member from the particular group;
b)      capping the member's assessment associated with the group work at the minimum pass level.

If you fail to attend at least 25% of the timetabled workshops, seminars, group work, or other taught sessions of any module (equivalent to being absent from at least 9 weekly classes) you will be deemed to have failed the module, and will receive a fail mark for all your assessments, regardless of whether any coursework was submitted and marked before your attendance dropped below the 25% minimum threshold. Furthermore, you will not be permitted to redeem any of your work for that module.*

Group Work: Where one or more members of a group fails to achieve at least 25% of the level of participation agreed, the group shall inform the Module Leader as soon as possible.  After evaluating any information provided by the group and the member(s) concerned, the Module Leader has discretion whether to take action.  Depending on the circumstances, this may include:

a)      failing the member for their group work;
b)      not permitting the member to redeem their (consequently) failed assessment associated with the group work.

* We realise that we now have to offer a 2nd attempt at assignments as per the recent ruling by the committee, and we shall do so.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please read the Academic Regulations:

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 become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills.

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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International Students

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