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Creative Writing

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-A,B,B

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Pass Diploma with at least 39 level 3 credits at Merit or above including 21-24 credits at Distinction. The Access to HE Diploma should be in the Humanities or Social sciences.

We take the EPQ into account when considering your application and it can be useful in the summer when your results are released if you have narrowly missed the conditions of your offer. We do not routinely include the EPQ in the conditions of your offer but we sometimes offer alternative conditions that include the EPQ. If you wish to discuss this further please contact Admissions at [email protected]

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-32

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

DDD-DDM

You should have a broad range of GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


If you are taking Advanced Highers we would normally expect you to have at least BBB.

UCAS Tariff

120-147

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2024

Subject

Creative writing

**94% of our research overall in English Language and Literature was assessed to be world leading or internationally excellent (REF 2021)**

**Top 100 in the world for English Language and Literature (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023)**

**About the course**

The world is strange, surprising and full of wonder. It is also in crisis: from climate change to social justice, imaginative minds and committed voices are needed to articulate this reality, and to forge spaces of consolation, repair or escape.

On this course, you’ll explore the powerful, complex and even weird world of literature and of writing in its broadest scope. What do you want to write? Modernist poem? Epic fantasy novel? Interactive ghost story? Sitcom screenplay? Compelling journalism? Wherever your interests lie, this BA is designed to help you develop your own ambitious projects, whatever the form, genre or theme. You will:

- explore the fundamentals of creative writing

- develop the powers of your imagination and your technical skills

- complete your creative portfolio, a longer writing project supported by one-to-one advice.

This course is for you if you’d like to:

- expand your capacities as a creator and communicator

- see the world around you in new ways

- articulate your critical insights in imaginative and creative writing, in any medium.

When you graduate, you’ll have the critical thinking and practical creative skills to make a valuable contribution to society.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£21,500
per year
International
£21,500
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:

University of Sussex

Department:

English

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Creative writing

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
20%
Male students
80%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

After graduation


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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.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

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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