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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Focus on the practice of crafting written prose, facilitated through workshops that are dynamic and enlightening
  • Participate in discussions led by tutors with high levels of professional expertise and many published works between them
  • Choose from a wealth of fascinating courses, such as composing song lyrics, screenplays and cinematography
  • Open to those who have taken a break from studies, or have followed less conventional academic routes to university

Fairy-tale fiction writer, graphic novelist and experimental playwright are just a few of the authorial roles you can explore on our BA in Creative and Professional Writing. If you wish to write extraordinary, imaginative texts, or take a more conventional route towards publication, then this programme is just right for you.

We train you to be the best professional writer you can be, whether that be compiling novels, poems or scripts, feature articles and travel writing, museum exhibition catalogues and biographies, or reports and copywriting.

Our three-year course encourages you to see writing of all kinds in relation to wider literary, cultural and professional contexts. We aim to give you confidence in your expressive powers to help you become a sophisticated and imaginative professional writer who can use different techniques, styles and tones to match a wide variety of audiences.

In Year 1, you 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. You are encouraged to develop your own creativity in a variety of ways and to examine ways in which writers use and break the rules of writing.

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

A variety of modules in Year 3 inspire you to use your own creativity to engage with employers and the wider community. You undertake an extended creative project, and there are further opportunities to specialise in a whole host of writing areas from comics and business storytelling, to digital and radio.

Careers

Our graduates are in high demand by employers from many industries due to their written and verbal communication, creative, planning and interpretation skills. They work as published writers, editors and copywriters or enter a range of careers within marketing, advertising, arts or teaching. Recent graduates have also successfully set themselves up as freelance writers. Others take higher degrees (MA or PhD) to further hone their writing skills.

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey). 

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA). For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.
While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 288 hours
Independent learning: 876 hours
Placement: 36 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours
Independent learning: 900 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course

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 
  • The chance to attend the Winchester Writers Festival so they can meet authors, publishers and agents who attend

Location

Taught elements of the course take place at King Alfreds or West Downs, Winchester.

Assessment

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found by attending an Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

92% coursework
0% written exams
8% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

94% coursework
0% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

95% coursework
0% written exams
5% practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

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

Entry requirements

112-128 Points

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

International Baccalaureate: 27 points

If English is not your first language: Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by visiting us at an Open Day.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Poetry Now! (Poetry and Poetic Expression) 15

This module is designed to enable students to express their own creativity through various poetic forms. The module will introduce students to a varied range of poetry, and will require them to think about the relationship between the technical aspects of numerous forms and the content being expressed. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of poetry. Practical work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent poems in different forms, wherein choices of form are directly related to the accompanying poetic ‘message.’

Fictional Writing 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students exploring their creativity through developing their own fictional writing. It will enable them to improve their own creative and critical skills, to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form, whilst at the same time developing evaluative skills. The module will encourage students to be creative and imaginative in their thinking, as well as focusing on key aspects of fictional writing through a series of practical exercises. We will discuss point of view, characterisation, dialogue, plot, setting and other aspects of the fiction writer’s craft in relation to students’ own work and the work of published authors. This will introduce students to a varied range of approaches to literature/writing/creativity that focus on the text from a writer’s creatively-critical perspective. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of fictional texts.

Publishing 1: Blogs & Social Media 15

This module is designed as the first of three ‘publishing’ modules across the course of the programme; in this module students develop short pieces of their own writing and select a quick publishing method appropriate to disseminating this work – using blogging as a basic form of  e-publishing, or else a chosen form of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). Students will choose the most appropriate form of publication to disseminate the particular text they wish to get ‘out there’ and will strive to connect with the defined, particular readership of said medium. Ultimately they will start to think about rudimentary e-publishing mechanisms as a way to start building their online identity as a writer and quickly start to engage with external audiences.

Persuasive Writing 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students into the various techniques and strategies of rhetorical writing. It will begin by looking at examples of rhetorical writing from past and present, with an intention to examine and analyse how they work and what they are trying to achieve. Students will then explore how best to develop specific pieces of writing that are intended to persuade, cajole, and seduce the reader for particular reasons and in order to achieve specific effects. The intention all the while is for their writing to be professional, polished, and always suitable to the subject matter.

Professional Writing 1: Editing and Proofreading 15

This module is designed as the first opportunity for students to develop writing skills in relation to specific professional contexts. Students will be encouraged to work on skills such as gathering information/note-taking, as well as basic editing and proofreading skills, in relation to specific professional writing tasks, and to think through the stages of writing development and refinement. They will consider what the label ‘professional’ means in relation to different forms of writing, and how writers can use their writing skills in work-related environments.

Language-Writing-Reading 15

This module is designed as an introduction to students exploring language and writing in various forms. The module will begin by looking at how language is used in different contexts and how the technical aspects of language need to be mastered in order to connect with different audiences, and to write in different forms. This focus on how language works and can be used then extends into both writing and reading different forms. Students will think about the nature of various reading approaches and strategies, including the notion of ‘reading as a writer,’ and how work by others can assist in their own development. By the end of the module, students will have a much more developed sense of techniques of writing and reading in different contexts.

Creative Non-fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form. The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as much as to produce it. As such students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional forms. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

Scriptwriting 15

In this module, students will be introduced to the conventions, forms and techniques of scriptwriting. Students will develop their narrative skills, with particular focus on the deconstruction of story in the language of script narrative, story development, and analysis of story in relation to authorial and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in the communication of script narrative though ‘pitch presentations’, and will practise the writing of outlines and script on the page. The module will concentrate on fiction (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Rewriting and Adapting 15

This module will introduce students to a variety of texts that all broadly fall within the same genre category. They will examine these texts in order to understand both the main genre they belong to and the genre features of the texts themselves. Students will then consider the various ways in which writers can rewrite/adapt/extend/echo texts of the past, at a theoretical level, before embarking on their own process of adapting or rewriting one of the focus texts within the context of a specified genre. This could mean that they change the form of the piece, extent or play with its genre features, or else change its genre entirely in an attempt to focus on or privilege a particular element of the original text that they decide merits attention. Thus practical creative writing will be informed by (for example) discussions as to the boundaries of genre and historical era, about the motivations for adaptation and rewriting, and of the cultural relevance and longevity of certain genres, such as Gothic, Romance, or Crime.

Publishing 2: E-books 15

E-publishing has now become a serious rival to traditional hard-copy publishing; often the work of writers appears in both forms simultaneously. In this module students will work to create their own e-volume to present themselves to the wider world. As such the module focuses on the creative development of pieces of work whilst at the same time necessitating the learning of new e-publishing skills with a view to creating a ‘product’ they can use to publicise their talents. This can then be seen as part of their ‘brand.’

Professional Writing 2 15

This module is designed as the second opportunity for students to develop writing skills, in this instance editing and revising, in relation to specific professional writing contexts. Students will research into at least one specific professional outlet (publisher, business etc.) and will consider all of the challenges working in this format presents and how the particular skills developed in the module are applicable to this. They will develop their own specific piece of work whilst enhancing these skills. All the while they will consider further what the label ‘professional’ means in relation to writing, and the numerous ways writers can use their transferable writing ‘skills’ in professional environments.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
Students must take two of the following modules:

Professional Placement Module 15 credits
Copywriting 15 credits
Report and Policy Writing 15 credits
Travel Writing 15 credits
Media Writing 15 credits
Speechwriting 15 credits
Volunteering 15 credits

Students can take three of the following modules:

The Short Story 15 credits
Fiction for Children 15 credits
Composing Song Lyrics 15 credits
Creating Short Screenplays 15 credits
Playwriting 1 15 credits
Poetry: Making it New 15 credits
Author Study 15 credits
Writing and the Environment 15 credits
Fairy Tale Fictions 15 credits
Creative Writing Project 15 credits
Fiction for Children 1: In the Beginning 15 credits
Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End 15 credits
Creativity and the Imagination 15 credits
Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing 15 credits
Horror Fiction 15 credits
Writing and Ethnicity: Special Study 15 credits
Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 credits
Life Writing and Biography 15 credits
Telling True Stories 15 credits
Cinematography 15 credits
Editing Sound and Image 15 credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Publishing 3: Hard-copy publishing 15

This module is the third of three ‘publishing’ modules across the course of the programme, and in this case students will work together as a publishing team contributing to the production of a hard-copy publication. As such they will work through the various stages of submission, reader evaluation, editing, proofing, layout design, and eventual printing and publication. They will also work on creating a strategy for maximising the readership of said publications. By the end of the process students will have utilised a significant number of publishing skills, widened their understanding of the practicalities of publishing, as well as broadened their knowledge of the publishing industry per se.

Professional Writing 3 15

This module is designed as the third and final opportunity for students to fine tune their own writing skills in relation to specific professional contexts. Students will both work practically in these contexts as well as analysing them in an academic fashion. They will be this stage in their academic development understand and be able to practically engage with all the stages and techniques of professional writing development.

Extended Creative Project 30

The Extended Creative Project consists of:

  • a piece of creative/professional writing of 8000 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor)
  • a supporting rationale/contextualisation of 2000 words
  • a supporting bibliography

Study and writing is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the area of creative writing.

Optional Credits

Optional modules
Students must take one of the following modules:

Writing for Display 15 credits
E-Writing 15 credits
Script to Film 15 credits
Page to Stage 15 credits
Academic Writing 15 credits
Creativity: Writing and Teaching 15 credits
Business Storytelling 15 credits

Students can take three of the following modules:

Playwriting 2 15 credits
Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions 15 credits
Non-Realist Writing 15 credits
Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms 15 credits
Creative Non-fiction for Children 15 credits
Special Study 15 credits
Writing Comics and Graphic Novels 15 credits
Poetry Project: Writing for Publication 15 credits
Advanced Fictional Writing 15 credits
Film Script Development 15 credits
Creative Visions 15 credits
Experimental Writing 15 credits
Adapting Crime Fictions 15 credits
The Writers' Retreat 15 credits
Creating an Author Collective 15 credits
Writing-History-Fiction 15 credits
Science Fictions and Fantasies 15 credits
Writing for Radio 15 credits

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,938

International Students

Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

 

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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 depending on module choices. Costs vary.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section.

Key course details

UCAS code
W801
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
112-128 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, Winchester