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Journalism and Creative Writing

Entry requirements


We welcome A Levels in a wide range of subjects, especially in those relevant to the course for which you apply.

We may consider a standalone AS in a relevant subject, if it is taken along with other A Levels and if an A Level has not been taken in the same subject. However, you will not be disadvantaged if you do not have a standalone AS subject as we will not ordinarily use them in our offers.

60 credits (with a minimum of 45 credits achieved at level 3) in a relevant subject.

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

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A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

104-120

A typical offer is between 104 and 120 UCAS points, primarily from Level 3 equivalent qualifications, such as A levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma, or current, relevant experience. Grade 4 (or C) or above in GCSE English Language, or equivalent, is a minimum language requirement for all applicants. Due to the creative nature of our courses, you will be considered on your own individual merit and potential to succeed on your chosen course. Please contact the Applicant Services team for advice if you are predicted UCAS points below this range, or if you have questions about the qualifications or experience you have.

a minimum of 40 UCAS tariff points, when combined with a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from the Supporting Qualifications

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Journalism

Creative writing

Kick-start your career as a writer, learning how to analyse, practise and publish all forms of digital journalism while also stretching your creative skills across a range of formats. Along the way, you’ll develop a potent technical toolbox of transferable skills essential in any number of journalistic and creative industries.

This joint degree blends practising and analysing digital journalism with developing your writing skills in a range of fictional and non-fictional contexts, from screenwriting and poetry through to writing for games and children's fiction.

You will:
Benefit from exposure to the complete spectrum of writing expertise, including active journalists and published authors, documentary makers, screenwriters, game writers and poets.
Take part in challenging projects such as our publishing partnership with the National Trust or writing for one of our many partners in the news and features sectors.
Create a freelance portfolio in your third year, showcasing the writing and podcasting skills you've learnt and preparing you for your career ahead.
Have full access to our state-of-the-art equipment and studios.
Attend our eclectic guest lecture and workshop series to network directly with leading figures from the worlds of literature and journalism.

Modules

You will develop your professional and intellectual skills by exploring journalism and creative writing in a range of contexts and genres, and set your practice within the creative, ethical and legal frameworks of past and present practitioners. As you progress, you will learn how to generate fresh ideas through experimentation, write for different readers and publishing platforms, solve problems, collaborate, research both professionally and academically, and promote your work to employers and audiences.

Year one
We'll go over all the journalism and creative writing essentials, from telling true stories, fiction and script, to the language of news and opinion writing, to politics and media law. But along with the introduction you need, the course also invites you to think outside the box with modules like Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back. You'll also develop critical thinking skills, learn to make and market a blog, and begin using a range of equipment, like video and audio recording kit.

Modules
True Stories
Multimedia Methods
Writing: Craft & Contexts
Politics & Law for Journalists
Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back
Publishing Studio: Technologizing Word

Year two
You'll experiment with genre and form, and learn more about audience and context through core modules. There'll also be the chance to choose which forms of creative writing most appeal to you, such as screenwriting, sci-fi, or writing for radio.

Modules
Magazine Content & Creation
Features & Long Form

Optional Journalism Modules
Journalism & Communication Research
Advanced Multimedia Methods

Optional Creative Writing Modules
Satire and Scandal
Poetry
Screenwriting
Games
Creative Non-Fiction
Magic and the Impossible
Fiction
Radio and Theatre

Year three
With more self-directed learning, you'll take on projects focused on your chosen path. You have the option to choose the balance of your studies between Journalism and Creative Writing. You can specialise in everything from crime to culture, fashion to foreign news. And by creating a freelance portfolio, you'll further prepare for your career.

Modules
In study block 1 students will choose between:
Collaborative Project
Or
Specialist Correspondent
Literature & Journalism

Optional Creative Writing Modules
We Have Never Been Human
Crime and Dark Fiction
Children and Young Adult

In study block 2 students will choose between:
Freelance Portfolio
Or
Experiment and Adaptation

They will also be able to choose between:
Mini-Documentary
Portfolio (Creative Writing)
Dissertation (Journalism)

The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment.
One exam on Politics & Law for Journalists.
Coursework and e-learning exercises.
Critical evaluation.
Final year dissertation.

The Uni


Course location:

Falmouth University

Department:

The School of Communication

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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.

69%
med
Journalism
84%
med
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.

Journalism

Teaching and learning

63%
Staff make the subject interesting
77%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

62%
Library resources
65%
IT resources
48%
Course specific equipment and facilities
58%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
50%
Male students
50%
Female students
61%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
68%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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

61%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
64%
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?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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.

Journalism

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
89%
low
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
19%
Media professionals
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

English studies

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.

£16,300
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
51%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

25%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

Media, journalism and communications

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

£15k

£15k

£18k

£18k

£22k

£22k

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.

English studies

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

£15k

£15k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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