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Creative Writing

Entry requirements


At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

English Language or English Literature at grade C / 4.

UCAS Tariff

112-120

This must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example: BBC-BBB at A Level. DDM in BTEC Extended Diploma. Merit overall from a T level qualification. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2024

Subject

Creative writing

**Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.**

**Course summary**
- Experiment with long and short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, new media and script.

- Workshop your writing and learn essential skills for drafting and revising your work.

- Connect with diverse audiences through your writing.

- Kickstart your career with accredited work placements.

Develop your skills as a writer and content creator in a variety of media. You’ll be supported by our expert team of leading practitioners, with regular visits from industry professionals, such as editors and publishers. By developing technical skills while learning to express your creative flair, you’ll graduate with the skills and contacts you’ll need to thrive as a writer.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Our team of professional writers will help you become confident and skilled in everything from prose fiction to publishing. We’ll give you the opportunity to connect with our professional partners – gaining real-world experience of the creative industries and Sheffield’s vibrant cultural scene.

You learn through

- lectures, seminars and individual tutorials

- workshopping your writing

- modules focused on specific forms and styles

- working with different organisations and audiences

- generating and pitching ideas

- live readings and performances

- masterclasses from guest writers

- writing trips and retreats

**Applied learning - Work placements**

You can take advantage of regular opportunities to showcase your knowledge and skills to our industry and community partners – such as schools, museums, theatre companies and charities. You’ll work independently and in groups, bringing your ideas to life in response to real-world briefs.

In your second year, you’ll raise your professional profile through our placement module. This gives you the chance to collaborate with external partners, undertake a work placement or develop your own creative enterprise.

**Field trips**

We run regular local, regional and international field trips at no additional cost – such as writing retreats, festivals and theatre visits. Students in previous years have visited the London Book Fair, as well as events in Montreal, Canada and Zagreb, Croatia. Some have also taken part in the Festival of Debate and attended the ZEE-Jaipur Literature Festival in London.

**Networking opportunities**

Studying in Sheffield puts you at the heart of a vibrant cultural scene. We work with renowned festivals held in the city, such as Off the Shelf literary festival and Doc/Fest, an international documentary film festival.

These events attract literary agents, publishers and high profile writers. Past students have volunteered as delegates – gaining experience working at the festivals while growing their professional network. Plus our innovative masterclass programmes give you a headstart in the writing and publishing industries.

We also have a strong network of graduates – and we encourage you to connect with partners outside of the university to give you the best career opportunities possible.

**Future careers**

Studying Creative Writing develops written and oral communication skills, as well as the ability to understand different audiences and frame a persuasive argument.

Our students have gone on to exciting careers in:

- creative industries, such as theatre and media

- teaching and education

- journalism

- the charity sector

- arts organisations

- marketing, PR and communications

- local and regional government

- social work

- postgraduate study and academia

Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

**Important notice:**
The structure for this course is currently being reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment are all likely to change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Once the changes have been confirmed, updated module information will be published on this page.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

**Year 1**
**Compulsory modules**
Being A Writer
Craft And Form
Writing For The Screen
Writing Live

**Year 2**
**Compulsory modules**
A Fine Line: Poetry And Poetics
Half Hour Script
Ideas Into Action
Truth, Half-Truth And Lies: Creative Non-Fiction
What's The Story? Long And Short Fiction

**Year 3**
**Optional modules**
Placement Year

**Final year**
**Compulsory modules**
Creative Writing Major Project

**Elective modules**
Counter-Culture And Creativity
Games Narratives
Life On Earth: Writing And Environment
Make It New: Experimental Writing
Writing For Change: Writing And Advocacy
Writing For Young People

Assessment methods

Coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£16,655
per year
International
£16,655
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

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

College of Social Sciences and Arts

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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.

91%
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

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
86%
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

74%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
74%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
44%
Male students
56%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
10%
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.

£14,500
low
Average annual salary
88%
low
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Other elementary services occupations
14%
Customer service 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.

£16k

£16k

£21k

£21k

£23k

£23k

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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