Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS code: W800

Push your creative limits. Build your literary skills. Join practice-led workshops and readings with contemporary writers. Make connections as publishing and broadcasting professionals share insights. You will find your voice with a creative writing degree that fires your imagination.

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
6 years part-time
Start dates: September 2022
September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BBC-BBB (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Creative Writing
Department: English, History and Creative Writing
A writer reads an extract of their work to a lecture theatre of Creative Writing students.

As a writer, you are an artist and a craftsperson. Our creative writing degree gives you the tools and skills you need to grow into the best writer you can be.

During the course, you experiment with different kinds of writing. You’ll create original poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. We’ll help send your imagination soaring in writing scripts and narratives for stage, screen and games.

We encourage you to challenge yourself. You’ll learn to analyse and edit your own work to make your writing better: an ability every good writer must develop.

We are proud of our supportive Edge Hill writing community. It has helped students like you achieve their potential for over thirty years. Our published writers understand what it’s like to be at the start of your career. Our visiting professionals – writers, producers, editors, poets, dramatists – love to share their knowledge. We all work together so you can succeed.

Course features

  • Learn a Language

  • Sandwich Year Option Available

  • Studying Abroad Option Available

What you'll study

Creative writing students begin their writing journey in Year 1. Exercises and experiments help you explore key ideas in poetry, fiction, writing for games, and script writing. We encourage you to start a writer’s blog as you develop the foundations of your writing ability. You will develop skills in constructing your own fictional worlds and learn to read as a writer. Year 1 also introduces the business of writing.

Compulsory modules:

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Introduction to Fiction

Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to Scriptwriting

Reading the World and the Business of Writing

The Studio

One of:

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Introduction to Writing for Narrative Games

Language 1

Lean into your writing development in Year 2. Challenge yourself to produce something different. Write contemporary poetry, short fiction and a one-act play then analyse and edit your work to make it better. Find out about opportunities in publishing. Gain a greater understanding of professional creative writing by taking a placement or creating a group project and create a culturally relevant piece of work to deepen your understanding of the writer’s life. Your growth in confidence and experience will set you up for greater creative freedom in Year 3.

Compulsory modules:

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Inside the Publishing Industry

The Art of Poetry

The Writer’s Life

Writing Short Stories

One of:

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The Art of Creative Non-Fiction

Writing for Roleplaying Games

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The Art of Scriptwriting

Language 2

Develop confidence as an autonomous writer. You’ll create a substantial project in your chosen medium, whether it be poetry, non-fiction, short story, the start of a novel, a script for the stage, screen, radio or graphic novel, or an immersive games narrative. You also have four optional modules to develop your skills in a particular area like fiction, screenwriting or digital adventure games. Or choose to throw yourself into experimental creative practice and analyse contemporary writers’ work.

Compulsory modules:

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The Writer’s Workshop

Four of:

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Advanced Fiction

The Art of Screenwriting

Experiments in Writing

Poetry and Innovative Form

The Writer at Work

Writing for Digital Adventure Games

Language 3

Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply. In addition to the optional module choices listed, it may also be possible to apply to study an alternative 20-credit module in Year 2 and/or Year 3, chosen from outside the course curriculum. Some restrictions on this elective module choice may apply.

How you'll study

Teaching and learning is centred on the writer’s workshop, where your writing will improve through practical exercises and the analysis of existing work. The workshop is a vital element in your development as a writer and your participation through self and peer appraisal will provide opportunities for improving your work and commenting constructively on that of fellow writers.

Working individually, in pairs and in larger groups, you will analyse your own and other writers’ creative practice. You will learn the habits and methods of a professional writer through activities such as keeping a writer’s journal, research and observation, re-drafting and editing, and presenting work to a high standard.

There are also opportunities to undertake work-based learning through independent and employability-focused projects. Past projects have included setting up and running an online literary magazine, writing and producing a play, and developing and delivering a series of creative writing workshops in schools.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

How you'll be assessed

All modules are assessed by coursework, which includes creative practice, critical practice, essays and a reflection on the creative process.

There are no formal written examinations as part of the current assessment methods on this degree.

Who will be teaching you

You will be taught by tutors who are practising, professional writers. They include widely produced and published novelists, short-story writers, poets, dramatists and games writers. The programme team are also practising researchers and scholars, publishing work in a variety of academic and literary journals. This means that you will be taught by people who know how to succeed in the creative industries as well as academia.

As a Creative Writing student at Edge Hill University, you will also have the opportunity to attend workshops and readings with a variety of guest writers at the Arts Centre. Close links have also been established with Liverpool’s Everyman Theatre as well as other poetry venues across Merseyside.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required but the study or experience of English Language, English Literature, Drama or Media would be preferred.

You will be asked to submit a sample of your writing.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BBC-BBB.
BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications) Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).
T Level Overall grade of Merit.
International Baccalaureate (IB) We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.
Access to Higher Education Diploma 45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.

Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.

If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.

English language requirements

International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.

If your current level of English is half a band or one band lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.

How to apply

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

Did you know?

If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.

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Facilities

The £17 million Creative Edge building has everything you need to become capable, versatile, creative writers and thinkers.

Creative Edge’s social learning spaces are ideal for passionate discussion, after a session in the large lecture theatre. Surrounded by like-minded creatives, collaborative opportunities shape your studies, and your social life.

Whatever your course or career goals, you’ll develop the practical skills, analytical tools and confidence for wherever your creative flair and insight takes you.

Where you'll study

Creative Edge

Catalyst

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,000

a year

The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.

Financial support

Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs. Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.

EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals should ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.

Your future career

What can you do with a BA (Hons) Creative Writing? Some graduates launch freelance writing careers. Others find jobs in publishing, content creation, game design and teaching. Here are some names you might know:

  • Oxford University Press
  • Heroic Publishers
  • DC Thomson Media
  • Southport College
  • NHS Leadership Academy

Your future and employability matter to us. Our dedicated Placement Officer can help you find industry opportunities to add to your CV.

We also have an exciting games company partnership. Crooked Dice offer internships to our students, who form a team to design, market and launch a tabletop roleplay game. Students have launched successful freelance games industry careers this way.

As well as sharing external opportunities, we offer a range of scholarships, including the Dame Janet Suzman Playwriting Award. This is open to 3rd years and MA students, like Hywel Wilkie who won in 2018 and went on to become a Liverpool Everyman Young Writer.

The creative writing team also run The Edge Hill Press, where students can intern on real-world publications, partnering with publishers like Pluto Press. The Edge Hill Prize is one of the biggest literary prizes in the UK, with opportunities for students to intern or become part of the reading panel.

Course changes

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.

Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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