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Creative and Professional Writing

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

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Entry Requirements: A typical offer would be BCC at A- Level or BTEC DMM or equivalent. Please see our website for information https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/ https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Creative writing

**If you love words and want to work with them, this is the course for you. We will help you to develop your own creative practice and distinctive voice.**

During the course you’ll dive into creative forms such as fiction, poetry, drama and game narratives. You’ll gain the essential skills for good writing: control of language, precision, imagination and a deep understanding of the context in which you write.

Great writers are great readers, and this course is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the literature and ideas that have shaped the contemporary writing scene. In addition to discussing texts in class, you’ll have the opportunity to attend a range of author talks and readings, offering you contact with exciting writers and other industry professionals who will help to inspire your career plans.

You’ll study commercial writing, such newspapers, magazines and broadcast media, and learn about marketing techniques, to help you present your best face to employers and the publishing industry. Writing in a variety of styles, voices, and genres, you’ll hone your skills and explore the rich world of writing, tutored by professional writers with a deep knowledge of their craft.

Sessions are largely workshop based, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from your own work. We believe that what makes us truly special is our small, friendly team, meaning we can get to know you as an individual and support you every step of the way through personal tutoring.

During the course, you'll learn the skills and techniques required to write poetry, prose fiction, nonfiction (including journalism and memoir) and drama for the stage and screen. You'll also develop an understanding of the online world through topics such as social media use and digital design, and you'll have opportunities to share your work and to perform at group readings.

**Top reasons to study with us**
- You’ll have the opportunity to contribute to or even edit our student Creative Writing magazine and perform at live literature events.

- Top 5 in the UK for graduate prospects in the subject area of Creative Writing. Complete University Guide Subject League Table 2023.

- You’ll be taught by a specialist team of authors, playwrights, and industry professionals, all with current, real-world experience.

- We take the ‘professional’ part of our name very seriously offering focused learning on topics such as marketing, copywriting and editing.

Location
This course is run at our Canterbury Campus in Kent. Canterbury is just 50 miles south-east of London and less than an hour by high-speed train from St Pancras. Located on a UNESCO World Heritage Site the campus offers state-of-the-art buildings, right in the centre of a vibrant and world-famous cathedral city. You’ll benefit from a campus with excellent learning and teaching resources, music venues, a superb sports centre, a well-stocked bookshop and plenty of coffee bars and places to eat. A short walk away is Augustine House our award-winning library and home to a vast range of learning resources and student support teams.

Modules

For a list of core and likely optional modules, please visit our website.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Canterbury Christ Church University

Department:

School of Humanities

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

66%
Creative writing

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

76%
Library resources
97%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
45%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
23%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Other elementary services occupations

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£25k

£25k

£24k

£24k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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