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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours bachelor of creative writing and publishing.

Hazel McCallion Campus

( Mississauga )

Admission Requirements

  • Fees & Financial Aid

Learning Outcomes

  • Writer-in-Residence

There's more to the world of writing than you think.

Program overview, prepare for a career in both writing and publishing.

In this unique program, you'll gain experience in a variety of writing genres and media platforms — and be ready for a career in today's publishing industry. You'll graduate with a broad skill set that gives you the opportunity to choose a variety of career paths.

Focus on your interests

This flexible program allows you to focus on your interests and career goals. In addition to core courses in creative writing, publishing and literary studies, your program electives let you tailor your education in these three disciplines. You'll have the opportunity to take courses from Sheridan's arts and business degrees and collaborate with students in other programs.

Connect with communities

Relationships with audiences, writers and the publishing community are integral parts of being an author. In this program, you're encouraged to develop these relationships through internships, connecting with literary communities, editing and publishing literary journals, writing reviews and more. You'll have the chance to make an impact in your community of practice — and community at large.

Learn from expert faculty

With experience in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama and new media, our faculty have collectively written and edited in nearly every genre. Their work includes historical novels, creative non-fiction and criticism, sci-fi, comedy, children's lit and beyond. You'll benefit from their expertise — and gain a solid foundation for your writing or publishing career.

Our faculty are successful industry professionals who have, to date:

  • Authored 17 books, with more in progress
  • Authored more than 220 shorter works, published in national and international journals, literary magazines and anthologies
  • Authored 56 journalistic articles and counting
  • Edited 123 books, with more in progress
  • Been shortlisted for 35 writing awards
  • Won four awards for writing and 13 awards for editing
  • Had seven plays produced

Be a part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture

As a student in this program, you'll be part of Sheridan's emerging literary culture. Events like Sheridan Reads bring together students, faculty and staff, community groups, libraries and public service organizations to discuss and celebrate the works of local and international writers (most recently Lawrence Hill and Thomas King).

Other initiatives such as the 905 Road Show: Creativity Cabaret, using the power of narrative to forge connections between individuals and communities, have also helped bring creative writers to Sheridan — and foster a culture of literary appreciation on campus.

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting October 18, 2022 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing and Publishing program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

Total credits: 15

And one of the following courses:

Plus one of the following:

And one of the following:


Program Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Drama
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Fiction
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Poetry
  • Intermediate Creative Writing Workshop – Creative Non-Fiction
  • Reviewing Culture
  • Interactive Fiction
  • Emergent Issues in Writing (Managing Literary Celebrity)
  • Emergent Issues in Publishing (The Prize Economy)
  • Writing for Children
  • Principles of Creative Writing Pedagogy

Literature Electives may include courses such as:*

  • Introduction to Popular Literature
  • Understanding Narrative
  • Gender and Sexuality in Literature
  • The Twenty-First Century Novel
  • Children’s Literature: A Primer
  • Adaptation: From Text to Film
  • Life Writing: Personal Narrative and the Construction of Self
  • Censorship and Literature: Critical Approaches
  • American Road Narratives
  • Topics in Eco-Criticism

*Please note that not all courses will be available every semester.

Courses subject to change.

Current students should refer to their ⁠ Academic Requirements in myStudentCentre to track their academic progress and outstanding course requirements.

Find course details for electives:

  • Degree Breadth Elective Courses

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • English, Grade 12 ENG4U, or EWC4U (Writer’s Craft) with a minimum grade of 70%
  • Five other Grade 12 credits at U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average
  • Two semesters of postsecondary education, including required courses, with a minimum of 65% overall average.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program may be advised individually regarding other related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements .

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an Entrance Scholarship to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Career Opportunities

Here are some jobs you might find:

  • Copy/Substantive/Acquisitions Editor
  • Marketing/Sales Rep
  • Literary Agent

Degree Completion

Advanced entry challenge exams, get credit for what you know.

Sheridan recognizes and appreciates that advanced learning doesn’t always require standard classroom instruction, and that opportunities to advance skills and learn new technologies are everywhere.

If you have significant knowledge and experience in programming, web development, database and/or networking, you may choose to complete Advanced Entry Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (AEPLAR) Challenge Exams for academic credit towards your Sheridan Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma.

How do Challenge Exams work?

AEPLAR Challenge Exams are administered by and through the Sheridan College Assessment Centre or through an approved Test Centre. There are fees to write each exam (an Assessment Centre fee and a Challenge Exam fee).

Your completed Challenge Exam(s) will be evaluated to determine whether you’re eligible for credit in one or more courses within the identified program streams.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) and Advanced Standing credits are subject to Sheridan’s policies and procedures. Learn more about Sheridan’s Credit Transfer policies and procedures .

I have previous postsecondary education. Should I write a Challenge Exam?

No. Challenge Exams are designed for applicants with knowledge and experience gained outside of formal education. If you have previous postsecondary education, we encourage you to apply for Advanced Standing instead — you may be eligible to apply your previously earned credits towards your new program at Sheridan .

What subjects can I complete Challenge Exams for?

Challenge Exams for applicants to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program are designed to test skills in specific knowledge streams within this program:

  • Programming – Introductory
  • Programming – .NET
  • Programming – Advanced Java
  • Web Development
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Design
  • Mobile App Development – Android
  • Mobile App Development – iOS
  • Game Development – UNITY

You can also choose to complete Challenge Exams for specific individual courses within the Computer Systems Technology program.

Complete a free self-assessment test to help you determine whether Challenge Exams are a good option for you.

How do I apply to complete a Challenge Exam?

Step 1: make sure you meet the program admission requirements.

You must meet the program admission requirements to be eligible for admission and PLAR.

Step 2: Complete a free self-assessment

Complete a free self-assessment test for each knowledge stream you wish to challenge. This will help you determine whether your current skills will enable you to succeed in the Challenge Exam(s).

Step 3: Apply to Sheridan's Computer Systems Technology advanced diploma program

Apply to the Computer Systems Technology – Software Development and Network Engineering program .

To be eligible to complete Challenge Exams for this program, you must select "Advanced Entry" as the level of the program on your application.

Step 4: Follow the instructions to complete your Challenge Exam(s)

Once Sheridan receives your application, we’ll send you an email with instructions on how to register and pay for your Challenge Exam(s). Follow those instructions.

Once you’ve completed your Challenge Exam(s), subject matter experts in Sheridan’s Faculty of Applied Science and Technology will evaluate them within 10 business days. The Faculty will forward your results to the Office of the Registrar, and any approved credit transfers will be posted in your Credit Transfer centre. Exam feedback will not be provided.

Step 5: Accept your offer of admission and pay your program fees

If you receive an offer of admission to Sheridan, please follow the instructions to confirm your offer and pay your fees by the due dates indicated in order to reserve your spot in the program.

We wish you success in this process and look forward to seeing you at Sheridan!

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2023–2024 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees for Canadian students

Fees for international students, financial aid & awards.

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
  • Scholarships, awards and bursaries
  • Work Study Assistance Program

International Entrance Scholarship

All new international students beginning their full-time postsecondary studies (ESL and programs with tuition reduction excluded) in Spring 2023, Fall 2023 or Winter 2024 semesters in Year 1 (Semester 1) will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000.

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. A minimum GPA of 80% is required in order to be considered. Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for additional eligibility criteria and more.

  • Produce creative writing in at least three genres and forms drawn from the areas of poetry, fiction, drama, creative non-fiction, children's literature, graphic novels, film and review.
  • Apply specialized knowledge in a specific genre and medium.
  • Evaluate your own work and that of others with a view to providing and receiving peer criticism for the purposes of revision.
  • Interpret texts critically and analytically from a range of literary, cultural and historical traditions and precedents.
  • Compile a professional manuscript ready for publication in select genres.
  • Apply knowledge and skills specific to the (self-)publishing industry, including editing and the editorial process, production, formatting, design, marketing and supply chain management.
  • Model a professional attitude with a willingness to collaborate and to listen and respond to constructive criticism.
  • Implement the appropriate technological, applied and creative problem-solving tools to create and publish your own works.
  • Foster and support a literary community by developing a presence in emergent media and across a variety of platforms.
  • Articulate how socially constructed views and identities contribute to the production of diverse voices in yourself and other writers.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design curriculum and its delivery are designed to address current social issues pertinent to the design industry. This enables students to broaden their understanding of their place within the world.

Fundamental to the vision of the program is the balance of creative and conceptual thinking with the technical and business aspects of the profession. Courses follow a logical sequence with the degree of difficulty building vertically from first year to fourth year.

The various streams provide a range of design problems building in size and scope, from simple to complex in various design sectors. The curriculum builds on fundamental introductions that ensures a strong foundation for students to apply additional more complex learning and skills developed later in the program.

Studio projects are designed to mimic professional practice and require applied theory, creativity and strong technical knowledge. Curriculum is also connected horizontally across each semester to help support the learning in courses happening simultaneously. This demonstrates the inter-connected knowledge and skills required to practice in the industry.

The program provides many opportunities that expose students to practicing professionals and professional practice. Industry leaders and representatives from professional associations like ARIDO and IDC are invited into the classroom as jurors and guest speakers throughout the four years. The internship also provides professional design work experience for students before they enter their final year of study.

The curriculum is student-centric and designed to equip students with the skills that are required for entry-level design positions and advanced study. Manual skills such as drafting, drawing and model making are developed alongside digital skills using current software. Students are also well-versed in the applicable building codes and regulations required to practice in Ontario. Students are exposed to valuable research skills and encouraged to continue their learning past graduation.

Program goals

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Interior Design program aspires to:

  • Develop confident, creative and critical thinkers that can solve a variety of problems thoughtfully, improving the quality of the built environment and protecting the health, safety and welfare of the public.
  • Equip students with the tools to think independently and ethically to ensure technically, environmentally, and socially responsible decision-making.
  • Deliver current and relevant curriculum that incorporates equity, diversity and inclusion. This encourages students to create spaces that foster inclusivity and look at design from various perspectives within diverse communities, involving numerous stakeholders.
  • Inform students regarding the various facets of the profession, engaging them with designers and industry affiliates.
  • Encourage continuous professional and personal growth, instilling a desire to contribute to the profession and society at large. The program encourages students to become active participants in the design community, become members of their local Association, write their NCIDQ exams, give back to the community and become progressive leaders in the profession.
  • Prepare graduates for entry-level design positions, equipped with the required knowledge and skills for employment in the diverse design industry, ensuring they possess the body of knowledge necessary to respond to social and environmental issues, while designing interior spaces that are technically proficient, code-compliant, conceptually strong, sustainable and all-inclusive.
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to pursue post-graduate studies, employment, research and/or further their academic studies and/or credentials.

Pathways from Athletic Therapy and Kinesiology

If you've graduated from a health-science degree other than athletic therapy or kinesiology, your application will be assessed on an individual basis.

Get your Osteopathy degree in less time

If you're a graduate of Sheridan's Athletic Therapy or Kinesiology degree program, you may be eligible to start in the second year of this program after completing three bridging courses.

This bridging program will be available in Spring/Summer 2024.

How to apply: Submit an application using the program code PBHSB .

Bridging courses (Spring/Summer Semester)

  • OSTP 17927D: The Science of Osteopathy (3 credits)
  • OSTP 14859: Theoretical Pathways to Osteopathy (5 credits)
  • OSTP 16333: Practical Pathways to Osteopathy (1 credit)

Course exceptions

After successfully completing the assigned bridging courses, you'll be admitted into Year 2 (Semester 3) of our Osteopathy degree. In order to earn your Osteopathy degree, you'll need to complete all courses in the remaining three years of the program , with the following exceptions.

You will additionally take:

  • Year 2: OSTP 11271D: Clinical Methodology (3 credits)
  • Year 2: SCIE 22437D: Human Physiology for Allied Health (2 credits)
  • Year 3: SCIE 31116D: Pathophysiology for Allied Health (3 credits)

You will not need to take:*

  • SCIE 26661D: Pathophysiology 1 (3 credits)
  • OSTP 24645D: Structure & Function 2 – Lower Cervicals, Thorax & Upper Extremity (3 credits)
  • OSTP 22482D: Applied Clinical Practice 2 (1 credit)
  • FLPL 21839D: Internship Prep (1 credit)
  • SCIE 39622D: Pathophysiology 2 – Systemic Interactions (3 credits)
  • RESE 37626D: Statistical Methods in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • RESE 42279D: Applied Research Methods for Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • BUSM 44956D: Business Entrepreneurship for Clinical Practitioners (3 credits)
  • 6 Degree Breadth Electives (3 credits each)

*Athletic Therapy graduates are also exempt from the following course:

  • OSTP 20782D: Clinical Experience 2 (0.5 credits)

Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

Field Placements

Writer-in-residence program.

Each year, Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Creative Writing & Publishing (CW&P) program hosts a Writer-in-Residence. The 8-month residency is awarded to a writer who embodies the distinctiveness and dynamism of the & in our program name.

In addition to working on at least one specific writing project of their own during their tenure, the Writer-in-Residence is responsible for creative leadership, mentoring and public outreach in the area of creative writing and/or publishing.

How our Writer-in-Residence supports Sheridan students

Students in our CW&P program benefit from the work and mentorship of our Writer-in-Residence, who:

  • shares their expertise and experience as a creative professional and working writer;
  • performs public readings from their recently published work and/or current work-in-progress;
  • organizes public lectures and/or workshops; and
  • works with faculty to augment existing curriculum in the area of creative writing, publishing and/or creativity.

2023–24 Writer-in-Residence

Kate Cayley, Sheridan's Writer-in-Residence

Award-winning fiction writer, playwright and poet Kate Cayley is joining Sheridan as the 2023–24 CW&P Writer-in-Residence.

Cayley has published two short story collections and three collections of poetry, and her plays have been performed in Canada, the U.S. and the UK. She has won the Trillium Book Award, an O. Henry Prize and the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Firecracker Award for Fiction, the ReLit Award for both fiction and poetry, and the K.M. Hunter Award for Fiction.

Her writing has appeared in such literary publications as Brick , Electric Literature , Joyland , Best Canadian Poetry and Best Canadian Stories , and she has been a writer-in-residence at McMaster University and the Toronto Public Library.

"Kate’s diverse work plumbs meaning, strangeness and beauty from the spaces we inhabit, even in our domestic lives, while tackling some of the big philosophical questions we all face," says Dr. Genevieve Amaral, Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Creativity. "Our Sheridan community welcomes her capacious intellect, limpid style and wonderful mentorship with full hearts, open ears, and pens, paper and keyboards at the ready!"

From ideas to impact: a masterclass in applied creativity and innovation

Are you a business lead who's looking to level up your company's culture of creativity and entrepreneurship?

Sheridan offers FREE, one-hour masterclasses on topics such as:

  • Creative Strategies for an EDI-driven World
  • The Science of Creativity and Innovation
  • Intra- and Entrepreneurial Thinking, and
  • Creative Team Leadership

These masterclasses will catalyze your climate of innovation and give your team an exclusive look into Sheridan’s one-of-a-kind graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation.*

Register your team for a FREE online one-hour masterclass!

*Advance further with our Applied Creativity and Innovation graduate certificate

Our new graduate certificate in Applied Creativity and Innovation is a great professional development (PD) opportunity for many company teams. The program teaches complex problem-solving, creativity, innovation and negotiation skills — competencies that make companies  more resilient and adaptable as they face the unique challenges presented by the future of work.

Why this program is a great choice for PD:

  • Flexible hours — your employees can complete their graduate certificate online, at their own pace.
  • Relevant coursework – they can choose electives that are most applicable to their position at your company.
  • Award-winning faculty – they’ll learn from instructors who are on the cutting-edge of creativity and innovation research.
  • Practicum project – they’ll work alongside our team of experts to resolve an issue that your business is facing today — whether it’s how to leverage artificial intelligence technology, advance your sustainability efforts, update your marketing strategies, address supply chain inefficiencies or another challenge.

This new graduate certificate is currently accepting applications for Fall 2023.

Apprenticeship Exemption Test

The Apprenticeship Exemption Test (AET) provides a chance for students who are learning a skilled trade to bypass in-class studies.

In most cases, you need to score 70% or higher to pass the AET. If you score lower than 70%, you'll need to wait three months before you can try again (with some exceptions for certain exams).

Apprenticeship Exemption Tests are administered at the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga, through Sheridan's Assessment Centre.

Learn more about the AET, including eligibility criteria, available tests and how to register.

Sheridan is a Ministry-approved Apprenticeship Exemption Test centre, authorized through the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training & Skills Development (MLITSD), for both apprentices and non-apprentices.

Program availability

Full-time 4 years Program code: PBCWP

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Entry requirements.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email [email protected] with your specific details.

  • Creative Writing

Join our vibrant writing community, supported by award-winning authors and creative practitioners.

  • Wide choice of fiction, performance poetry and graphic novels to scriptwriting, nature writing and memoir.
  • Industry focused with an emphasis on developing your professional practice and employability.
  • Your projects, your way, with our support. Literary festivals, publications, podcasts - we’ll help you find your voice.

Join us at Bath Spa University where writing is the thing we love to do and the thing we love to talk about. In our workshops, you’ll find friends for life who, like you, want to spend time in a writing world of imagination, creativity and experimentation.

You’ll enjoy working on our unique campus, surrounded by wildlife and a beautiful 18th-century landscape, perfect for creative inspiration. You might experiment with nature writing or discover poems and stories you’re driven to write as a response to climate change and environmental issues.

University of the Year for Social Inclusion

Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024

#2 in the South West Overall

for Creative Writing (Complete University Guide, 2024)

#6 in the UK

and #1 in the South West for Creative Writing Graduate Prospects – Outcomes (Complete University Guide, 2024)

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“As well as strengthening my skills and confidence as a writer, Creative Writing at Bath Spa opened my eyes up to the range of career paths I could pursue that I hadn’t considered before. The tutors and Careers team supported me after graduation, all the way to my first full time creative role.” Nic Crosara, 2019 graduate, now Design and Production Assistant at SelectScience

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What you'll learn

Contemporary creative writing is diverse. It’s digital and on the page; social and singular. Our comprehensive programme includes prose fiction, YA, flash fiction, poetry, scriptwriting for live performance and screen, life writing and memoir.

In fact, whatever you want to write, you’ll find an opportunity to explore it with us. We have modules on graphic novels and comics alongside modules in live literature, creative enterprise and professional practice to support your career development. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with other students both within and outside Creative Writing.

You’ll be able to work on magazines, local literary festivals and podcasts, while collaborating with fellow students through our creative writing, publishing and journalism student-run societies.

Year one The course is carefully designed to enable you to explore and experiment with your writing and understand the foundations of writing craft. In the Writer’s Workshop modules you’ll be introduced to an array of different writing forms and genres and you’ll be experimenting with them each week. You’ll have your first experience of the BSU writing workshop where you’ll learn how to work with other writers, giving and receiving feedback. You’ll have additional modules in poetry, fiction and script writing alongside a module where you’ll learn about the publishing industry and editing. You’ll also attend lectures from visiting writers and members of staff who will talk to you about their writing lives and experiences in the industry. Year two In the second year of the course, you have access to a range of modules that will enable you to specialise in a particular form or genre of writing. You’ll take a mixture of core and optional modules from a list that includes, for example, genre fiction, life writing, short stories, form and listening in poetry, and writing for screen. You will also take the project module, Professional Portfolio. This is an opportunity for you to develop your own creative project, designed to help you develop the skills you need as a professional writer. You will be assigned a member of staff to be your project supervisor. They will help guide and advise you as you develop your idea. If a collaborative project suits you, you can take a Publishing module where you work with a small team of fellow students to create your own independent magazine. Year three The final year of the programme is designed to consolidate your writing practice and support your progression into a writing-related career. You will take a dissertation-equivalent module in at least one of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, scriptwriting or writing for young people. These modules run through the year. Alongside that you have a choice of career-focused modules which include Live Literature and Professional Practice which offer you the opportunity to develop your own industry-facing creative projects. We also offer an extended project module, Creative Enterprise, over two semesters. This module helps you focus on developing a creative project into a commercial opportunity. 

Assessment is based on 100% coursework (no exams). Most modules will require you to submit a portfolio of creative writing along with a reflective or contextual essay in which you describe what you have learned in class, what you have learned from the set texts and working on your own writing.

Creative Writing at Bath Spa University is taught through a mixture of workshops, lectures, presentations and tutorials. Workshops offer you the opportunity to read and discuss each other's work in a supportive, informal and informative atmosphere. Lectures are used to introduce techniques and themes in detail. Tutorials provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor on a one-to-one basis.

We believe that for you to achieve your maximum potential you have to take yourself and your writing seriously, and that the best way to do this is to develop a professional approach. Therefore, wherever appropriate, our modules run to industry standards and adopt industry practices.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement .

Course modules

This course offers or includes the following modules. The modules you take will depend on your pathway or course combination (if applicable) as well as any optional or open modules chosen. Please check the programme document for more information.

  • The Writer’s Workshop 1
  • Explorations in Prose Fiction
  • The Writer’s Workshop 2
  • Reading to Write Poetry
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • Publishing and Editing for Writers
  • Short Stories
  • Form and Listening in Poetry
  • Genre Fiction
  • Lifewriting
  • Sudden Prose
  • Scripting for Screen
  • Writing Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Performance Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Writing For Young People: Reading as Writers
  • The Independent Magazine
  • Professional Placement Year
  • Extended Prose Fiction 1
  • Poetry as Synthesis 1
  • Advanced Script Project 1
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 1
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 1
  • Creative Enterprise Project 1
  • Teaching Writing
  • Extended Prose Fiction 2
  • Poetry as Synthesis 2
  • Advanced Script Project 2
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 2
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 2
  • Creative Enterprise Project 2
  • Teaching Practice
  • Live Literature
  • Professional Practice
  • Publishing Industry Project

Facilities and resources

The Creative Writing course is taught at our stunning Newton Park campus, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and a beautiful 18th century landscape and lake.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including:

  • Commons building  with its state-of-the-art classrooms, study spaces and cafe
  • Digital labs (Mac rooms) for students learning new media
  • Virtual Learning Environment  to support you in your modules.

As a Creative Writing student, you'll be able to benefit from:

  • Cameras, audio recording equipment available for students to borrow absolutely free
  • Technical staff to help students use industry standard software
  • Library with print and ebooks, digital resources, literary magazines and journals.


As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities .

Creative Writing students often find exciting subject-related placements and we do our best to help students make connections and gain experiences in companies and organisations that interest them. Students often work with the Bath Literature Festival, for instance, or with production companies such as the BBC. The course team will help you on an individual basis as opportunities present themselves.

Past students have benefited from industry-based opportunities and experiences that have been incorporated into their modules, enabling them to secure credit for the time they have spent in industry environments.

Current graduate careers include:

  • Science magazine editor
  • Children’s author
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Social media writer
  • Commercial copywriter for brands or charities
  • Regional editor for an online magazine
  • University lecturer
  • Editor (Random House)

Many of our students go on to study one of our specialist MA programmes in either Creative Writing, Writing for Young People, Screenwriting, Travel and Nature, or Children’s Publishing.

Each year Creative Writing awards a range of prizes to its students to celebrate the best writing produced in the final year. The department also awards the Les Arnold Prize for the top student in the second year, honouring the memory of poet Les Arnold, who started the writing programme in 1992.

Students are given numerous opportunities to focus on project work – from the first year core module (Writer's Workshop One) to the second year core module and into several project modules in the third year. Student projects are a core part of the Creative Writing curriculum and students are assisted to develop project ideas that support their creative and career ambitions. 

Professional placement year

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

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2023/24 Entry

Course fees, 2024/25 entry, 2025/26 entry.

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

Most of our applicants will have an A or a B in English Language and/or English Literature at A Level. That said, we do judge each application on its own merit and many of our most successful graduates have not fit neatly into standard criteria. Please write directly to the course leader or the admissions team to discuss your individual circumstances.

We also welcome applications from students who demonstrate real commitment to their writing. This commitment may be expressed in publications, awards, and/or engagement with the Apprentice of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below. Applicants without a relevant Level 3 qualification in English will be considered but will be required to submit a piece of their own creative writing as part of the selection process.

  • A Level - grades BBB-BCC including a Grade B in English or a related subject.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in any subject. Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Creative Writing in their personal statement and may be asked to provide a piece of their own creative writing.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in English at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher). Applicants will need to demonstrate a strong interest in Creative Writing in their personal statement and may be asked to provide a piece of their own creative writing.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at [email protected] .

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Course leader: Ms Lucy Sweetman Email: [email protected]

Three year course

With placement year, study publishing as a joint subject and learn to shape stories, information and ideas for print and digital..

  • Work experience opportunities with publishers, social enterprises and media companies are included in the course.
  • Our graduates have been employed by BBC, Penguin Random House and Immediate Media.
  • Brings copywriting, editing, layout and web skills together with project management and team working to train tomorrow’s publishing and media professionals.

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"I was able to tailor my course to the exact career I was looking for. The Publishing course enabled me to specialise in science writing and I found work experience as a science reporter during my third year, interviewing leading researchers and tech businesses." Amy Barrett, Creative Writing and Publishing Graduate, now Editorial Assistant at BBC Science Focus

honours bachelor of creative writing and publishing

Publishing at Bath Spa can be taken with subjects such as Creative Writing, English Literature and is also available as a Single Honours course in Journalism and Publishing. Our approach is characterised by innovative approaches, creative studio-based collaborative working, and high-quality making across all published forms from handmade and print to digital and live.

Publishing is one of the UK’s largest creative industries, which shapes and presents content across a wide range of subjects. Publishers find an audience for a variety of publications, from books and magazines to innovative apps and websites.

We’ll equip you with a wide range of the latest digital making skills, such as Adobe InDesign, web and multimedia social content, alongside core publishing skills such as copywriting and editing, design, layout and marketing.

You'll also get access to key industry resources such as Nielsen Bookscan sales data, the BookMachine online industry community and Society of Young Publishers South West events, some of which are hosted at the University.

Through collaborative project development, you'll acquire essential creative skills in working with others, carving out your own role and achieving high-quality results. You’ll graduate with industry experience and a stunning digital portfolio of your work.

You’ll graduate with essential publishing skills, from writing persuasive, concise copy and text editing, to communicating brand identity and audience research. We’ll teach you how to layout content and manipulate images using industry-standard software, with opportunities to develop your skills in image use, video, photography, infographics, and HTML.

Additional modules offer the chance to specialise and deepen your knowledge and skill base, and to work on larger personal projects linked to your career aims.

Year one We’ll introduce you to core publishing principles, with a focus on copywriting and editing. You’ll become familiar with layout, production and publishing software. There will be weekly deadlines, so you’ll get used to turning around work quickly and in a well-presented form. Alongside this you’ll start to build an in-depth knowledge of the publishing industry and have the chance to work collaboratively on all-day challenge projects.

Year two You’ll gain greater insight into particular areas of publishing, such as marketing, editorial and design. Optional modules allow you to delve deeper into areas such as illustrated books, independent magazines, fiction editing, and the use of publishing skills for social enterprise and charity work.

Year three Tutors will guide you to focus your skills and knowledge around your personal creative and career interests. You’ll be encouraged to develop your individual approach as a creator, curator or project manager; your final portfolio will reflect this, showcasing your work for prospective employers. Optional modules cover book commissioning, children's publishing, and cross-platform digital publishing.

You’ll be assessed by coursework, including portfolios, essays, feature articles, reflective commentaries and reports. In some modules you’ll share your work through short, informal presentations.

You’ll be taught through creative workshops, skills labs, seminars and lectures. You will learn to be adept at project management and product development following a research and development process. We work on-screen and beyond: creating sketchbooks; making physical prototypes; getting out and meeting people; finding opportunities.

Throughout the course, you’ll work to briefs set by your tutors or industry collaborators, as well as working on your own projects. We expect you to work with flair and enthusiasm, taking your ideas and developing them into industry standard work.

  • Introduction to Publishing
  • Introduction to Editing and Production
  • Marketing and Selling Books
  • Book Design and Production
  • Publishing for Good
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Publishing Innovation
  • Non-fiction Publishing
  • Children’s Publishing
  • Content Marketing Strategy
  • The Magazine Business

From visiting the London Book Fair or a bookbinders, to working on projects with local companies, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork across the Publishing modules.

Students have the opportunity to work on live projects and collaborations. We have worked with international and local clients such as the BBC, TEDxBristol, Bonnier Books, X Media Lab, the National Trust, Forest of Imagination arts events, and Bath Film Festival.

With our support, many students carry out work experience and freelance work. The Publishing lecturers have had a great amount of experience in the industry and are in an excellent position to help students to develop internship and work experience opportunities.

We work with industry contacts to develop internship and work experience opportunities for students. 

You can also work on the publishing student-run Milk Magazine .

Publishing graduates have been highly successful in gaining graduate-level jobs, including Editorial Assistant, Production Assistant, Digital Editor, Digital Marketing Coordinator, and Project Manager. Graduates have been employed by publishing companies including:

  • Taylor & Francis
  • Penguin Random House.

Each year we award a publishing prize to one student from each year group.

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship , which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available . On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

“Bath Spa allowed me to choose a career with confidence, as I learned what I was good at and what I enjoyed doing. The best thing about the course is the support, the module choices (which can really inform your path) and the work experience offered with local publishers or events and festivals.” Laura Garcia Moreno, 2022 graduate, now Production Assistant and Environmental Champion at Bath Festivals

Publishing is taught on our Newton Park campus. You'll have access to a wide range of excellent facilities, including:

  • The Publishing Labs: digital and print making spaces
  • Newton Park library
  • Commons building
  • Our  Virtual Learning Environment

As a Publishing student, you'll benefit from:

  • Experienced Publishing technical demonstrators to support you
  • The latest specialist software as well as various print and handmade publishing equipment including digital cameras, iPads, booklet makers
  • Free equipment hire with SISO, Bath Spa’s loan system.

honours bachelor of creative writing and publishing

We’re looking for students with creative flair – enthusiastic team players who are full of ideas and want to learn how to make them happen. Great attention to detail is important as we place emphasis on creating industry standard professional work.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC preferred.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) accepted in any subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

Find the Publishing combination you're interested in. Click the "apply now" button in the centre of the page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply  webpages.

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Study options

Full-time: 4 years

£9,250 per year (2023/24)

International fee

£14,900 per year (2023/24)

UCAS points

72 (September 2024 entry)

Course level



Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

If you do not achieve the typical entry points required, you may want to consider studying this subject as a 2 year foundation degree (FdA).

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Course description

The highlights.

  • This course has been r ated positively for academic support by over 91% of students  in the National Student Survey 2023
  • Creative Writing at Derby has been ranked 4th in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023
  • Learn the art, craft and processes of writing fiction and non-fiction; we'll cover writing for books, magazines, and digital content
  • Understand how today's publishing industry works and gain the skills you need to get your work — or the work of others — to market
  • Prepare for any career in the literary world, whether you aspire to be a writer or to work in the publishing industry, including roles in editorial, design, production, sales, marketing, publicity and more
  • Tailor your degree to suit your needs and aspirations, with the choice of a wide range of optional modules.

The world needs writers and publishers

The UK market for written information and creative content of all types is of enormous significance to cultural and political life, as well as to economic growth. However, we live in a fast-changing society where consumers are bombarded with fake news and a flood of information daily. This means that carefully curated and diverse content is more important than ever.

The publishing industry is rapidly adapting to this evolving digital marketplace. It is a resilient, creative and global industry that continues to grow year-on-year. To do so, it relies on professionals who are commercially and digitally aware, and who feel passionate about books, writing and reading. Could that be you? 

We blend the creative and the commercial

In today's publishing industry, authors, editors, literary agents and other professionals need to collaborate with each other to an unprecedented degree. If they have an understanding of each other’s roles and priorities, they can do this well. That’s why this course looks at the industry from both the perspective of the writer and the perspective of the publishing professional.  

This gives you a distinct advantage in the workplace; if you want to be a writer, we’ll ensure you  understand the marketplace for your work and the practicalities of getting it published, including self-publishing or working with literary agents. Equally, if you're an aspiring publishing professional, we’ll give you valuable insight into the creative processes, aspirations and concerns of authors, alongside the communications skills that are vital for any publishing role.

"I have been grateful to have dynamic lecturers who are supportive and knowledgeable about all aspects related to this creative industry. They make the learning process accessible and engaging. The lecturers have always challenged me to produce my best work and allowed me to develop a wide range of skills which will be invaluable in my career after graduation. The programme provides a range of modules which will open many different opportunities for me."

Fred Gough, Writing and Publishing Student

Choose your focus

This Creative Writing and Publishing degree gives you the opportunity to learn about every aspect of the publishing process: from developing ideas, to writing, editing and typesetting, as well as designing, marketing, and selling written work.

In the first year, everyone takes the same modules because these cover critical skills and knowledge. In years two and three you can tailor the course to suit your interests with our wide range of optional modules, including:

  • writing and publishing for: non-fiction, short fiction, children and young adults, or gaming
  • designing and producing content
  • self-publishing
  • poetry and language
  • power, passion and persuasion
  • teaching English literature and language
  • business skills for the creative industries
  • the legal aspects of writing and publishing, and many others. 

Expertise to inspire you

We have a vibrant programme of guest lectures, which are delivered by leading novelists, poets, scriptwriters, editors, publishers, agents and others. Previous speakers have included: the BAFTA award-winning script writer Neil McKay; poets and authors such as Momtaza Mehri, Bernard O'Donoghue and Dan Abnett; professionals from Penguin Random House, Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Amazon, and The Southbank Centre in London. Our tutors themselves are experienced writers and publishing professionals, with a network of industry connections.

Practical and applied

This course includes writing workshops and work-based projects with employers, to help you hone and apply your skills. You might be producing magazines and anthologies of student work, creating interactive eBooks, or crafting industry-standard TV and film scripts. By the end of your studies, you will have a portfolio of professionally developed and presented work to show to a potential employer.

We also encourage you gain as much experience of  the industry as you can. You can use our networks across the creative and cultural sector to find opportunities for mentoring, internships, placements and volunteering.

We take part in NaNoWriMo — a programme for young writers, which offers great tools, resources and access to a supportive community.

"Studying Writing and Publishing at Derby is a decision I will never regret. The lecturers are fantastic people, supportive and encouraging; our discussions in class were simulating and insightful. I particularly enjoyed utilising the book production, commissioning, and editorial skills I had gained while on the course, to self-publish two eBooks as part of my major publishing project."

Oliver Tipple, Writing and Publishing Student

Study in America

If you want to broaden your horizons and experience life in another country, you can choose to spend part of your second year studying at one of our partner universities in America. They are:

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Keene State College in New Hampshire
  • Longwood University in Virginia
  • Indiana University — Purdue University Indianapolis.

Foundation Year - helping you to achieve more

Including a foundation year as part of your four-year study programme will give you a head start in your academic and professional life. The foundation year offers the chance to strengthen your skills, knowledge and confidence – with extensive support from our expert staff – before you advance to stage one of your honours degree. It could also be beneficial if you are planning a career change and want to get to grips with aspects of subjects which are new to you.

Our degrees with a foundation year are continuous, meaning that you won’t need to apply again once you have successfully completed the first year.

Creative Writing and Publishing - your questions answered

In the below video, Programme Leader Cat Mitchell answers some of the most frequently asked questions about Creative Writing and Publishing at the University of Derby. 

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What you will study

  • Literature  
  • Study s kills
  • Creative P roject  
  • Culture and I deas
  • History  
  • Political S tudies
  • Markets, Media and Audiences
  • The Workshop 
  • Editorial 
  • Writing and Publishing: Fiction 

Core modules:

  • Copy-editing for Writers and Editors 
  • Reading the Contemporary 

Optional modules:

  • Writing and Publishing: Non-fiction
  • Design and Production
  • Language and the Poetic
  • Introduction to the Teaching of English Language and Literature
  • Writing and Publishing: Children and Young Adults
  • Short Fiction 
  • Power, Passion and Persuasion
  • The Long Workshop 
  • Development
  • Writing and Publishing: Gaming
  • Independent study  
  • Development II  
  • The Written World in the Twenty-first Century
  • Genre  
  • Principles and Practices of Business in the Creative Industries  
  • Self-publishing
  • Skills for Contemporary Publishing
  • Language and the Poetic II  

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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Entry requirements

These are the typical qualification requirements for September 2024 entry. Contextual offers may apply to students who meet certain criteria.

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each skills area)

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Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.

Full-time students should apply for this course through UCAS.

Students wishing to join at stage 2 or stage 3 should apply directly to the University.

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Creative writing.

Contemporary creative writing is diverse. Its digital and on the page; social and singular. Our comprehensive Program includes prose fiction, YA, flash fiction, poetry, scriptwriting for live performance and screen, life writing and memoir.

In fact, whatever you want to write, You'll find an opportunity to explore it with us. We have modules on graphic novels and comics alongside modules in live literature, creative enterprise and professional practice to support your career development. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with other students both within and outside Creative Writing.

Publishing at Bath Spacan be taken with subjects such as Creative Writing, English Literature and is also available as a Single Honours course in Journalism and Publishing. Our approach is characterised by innovative approaches, creative studio-based collaborative working, and high-quality making across all published forms from handmade and print to digital and live.

Publishing is one of the UKs largest creative industries, which shapes and presents content across a wide range of subjects. Publishers find an audience for a variety of publications, from books and magazines to innovative apps and websites.

Well equip you with a wide range of the latest digital making skills, such as Adobe InDesign, web and multimedia social content, alongside core publishing skills such as copywriting and editing, design, layout and marketing.

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Program content

Year one (level 4) modules.

  • The Writers Workshop 1
  • Explorations in Prose Fiction
  • The Writers Workshop 2
  • Reading to Write Poetry
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • Publishing and Editing for Writers

Year two (Level 5) modules

  • Short Stories
  • Form and Listening in Poetry
  • Genre Fiction
  • Lifewriting
  • Sudden Prose
  • Scripting for Screen
  • Writing Graphic Novels and Comics
  • Professional Portfolio
  • Writing for Theatre
  • Performance Poetry and Spoken Word
  • Writing For Young People: Reading as Writers
  • The Independent Magazine
  • Professional Placement Year

Year three (Level 6) modules

  • Extended Prose Fiction 1
  • Poetry as Synthesis 1
  • Advanced Script Project 1
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 1
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 1
  • Creative Enterprise Project 1
  • Teaching Writing
  • Extended Prose Fiction 2
  • Poetry as Synthesis 2
  • Advanced Script Project 2
  • Advanced Nonfiction Project 2
  • Planning and Writing a Novel for Young People 2
  • Creative Enterprise Project 2
  • Teaching Practice
  • Live Literature
  • Professional Practice
  • Publishing Industry Project
  • Introduction to Publishing
  • Introduction to Editing and Production
  • The Book Publishing Industry
  • Experiments in Book-Making
  • Social Enterprise
  • Science Journalism and Publishing
  • Digital Publishing
  • The Commissioning Editor
  • Childrens Publishing
  • Digital Content Strategy

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

International students Full time: £15,240


Program intended learning outcomes.

  • A systematic and sustained critical awareness of the ways in which the aesthetic / stylistic framework of their own writing appeals to different audiences and markets
  • Sustained reflection on their own process and product
  • Critical ability to evaluate arguments and assumptions in order to use others feedback to improve the quality of creative work
  • Systematic knowledge of the complexity and processes involved in the creation and curation of quality content across print and digital, in a cultural and historical context.
  • Conceptual understanding that enables students to critically and creatively edit text and images and shape these into coherent, accurate, accessible, ethically-informed, and engaging publications.
  • Deploy accurately established techniques in copywriting to create and adapt text, which is informative and persuasive to achieve specific actions from the reader.

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Bachelor of Creative Industries (Writing and Publishing)

Study creative industries (writing and publishing) at flinders.

Start your career as an editor, publisher or writer for a range of industries.

Professional writing skills are in high demand across all industries, and this degree will help prepare you for employment in our diverse and fast-paced economy. In this flexible degree you’ll build a path based on your unique interests, with topics available from across the creative industries, arts and broader university, allowing you to create your own unique story.

Taught by award-winning authors with close links to industry, you’ll gain real-world experience to help you gain employment across a range of industries. With small class-sizes and hands-on learning, you’ll join a community of likeminded creatives who will become your support network from day one.

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Why study Creative Industries (Writing and Publishing) at Flinders

  • Study diverse genres and forms (romance, sci-fi, fantasy, literary, series, novels, short stories).
  • No.1 in SA in Creative Arts for learner engagement, skills development, student support and teaching quality (The Good Universities Guide 2023 (undergraduate), public SA-founded universities only)
  • Ranked above world standard for Research in Performing Arts and Creative Writing (ERA 2018 Outcomes, Flinders University)
  • Build your degree based on your unique interests from across the Creative Arts, Industries or broader University – e.g. Visual Effects and Entertainment Design, Film and Television, Costume Design. 
  • Connect with industry from day one with regular contact with global industry professionals, including bespoke guest lectures, workshops, networking events, and placement opportunities. Our students have worked with award-winning authors, publishers, literary agents, producers, screenwriters and editors.
  • Experience a strong sense of community within each creative writing cohort
  • Small, bespoke classes taught by award-winning and best-selling writers who are prominent in their fields and highly experienced in the publishing industry
  • Build a strong portfolio to gain employment in the industry or to be used for applications into another degree such as the Bachelor of Creative Arts (Creative Writing)
  • Gain hands-on experience working on real-world projects
  • You’ll collaborate with other students from across the university, not just from the Creative Arts and Industries, but in Science, Engineering, Health, and more
  • Gain the skills you need for a career as an editor, publisher or writer across a broad range of industries 
  • Non-portfolio entry degree

Your career

You will graduate with the skills required to write, edit or publish creatively and/or commercially. Writers, editors and publishers are commonly perceived as being self-employed, but many find employment in government, media, and for non-writing arts organisations. Writing well is an ability sought after across all art-forms and industries. 

Potential occupations include:

  • marketing and communications
  • digital content producer

Potential employers include:

  • media corporations
  • screen and theatre production companies
  • games design companies
  • freelance work and independent productions

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I chose to study Writing and Publishing at Flinders because of the practical experience and flexibility that is possible within this degree. I am able to explore my other interests like philosophy, English and social media studies while also perfecting and gaining experience in my craft.

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Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

Students will:

  • brainstorm and develop ideas under guidance from lecturers and in peer cohorts
  • develop skills necessary for turning ideas into stories, novels, and series of novels
  • practice engagement with industry professionals, such as editors and publishers.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to take your studies overseas with a student exchange program.

ATAR and Student Profile Information

The table below shows ATAR and Selection Rank data for students offered a place wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR commencing in Semester 1, 2023. It is limited to applicants that have recently completed secondary education (within the last two years). Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.

Notes: <5 – less than 5 ATAR based offers made N/A – This course uses additional selection criteria and therefore Selection Rank is not published

The table below gives an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students in this course. It provides data on students who commenced study in this course in Semester 1, 2023 including those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia. Applicant background groupings are based on educational background, not basis of admission. Data may reflect multiple courses available within a suite of courses.

Notes: <5 – the number of students is less than 5 N/P – Not published: the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells with less than 5 students

Add innovation and enterprise to your degree.

At Flinders University, we recognise that careers are evolving and the workplace of the future will look very different from today.

Whatever undergraduate course you are studying at Flinders, you can add innovation and enterprise electives to your degree to gain new, adaptable and transferrable skills that will equip you for the careers of tomorrow.

How to apply

Choose your preferred course.

Check the entry requirements and admission pathways available to you.

Choose other courses to include in your preferences.

Visit SATAC  and submit your application online.

Applicants can apply for this course using Year 12 qualifications, previous higher education study, TAFE/VET qualifications, or through adult entry (STAT/Foundation Studies/tertiary preparation course).

For applicants using their SACE (Year 12) results (or equivalent), entry is subject to achieving a minimum selection rank of 60.

Explore our pathways

When choosing your preferences through SATAC, other Flinders degrees you might want to include in your list are:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Media and Communication

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If you don’t meet our English language entry requirements and need to improve your English language proficiency, you can do so through Flinders University Academy – or our approved English Language Instruction Course for Overseas Students (ELICOS) providers.

This means that you can attend the required English language tuition at approved ELICOS providers and gain direct entry into university without an IELTS or TOEFL test.

Find out more

If you don’t meet our academic entry requirements, you can still gain entry to Flinders University through Flinders University Academy. With a range of diplomas, foundation and English language courses, students can find a direct pathway into the destination degree of their choice. 

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Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing)

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Students who commenced the Bachelor of Communication (Creative Writing) before 2022 can view their revised program of study here .

For those with an interest in different forms of creative writing and publishing, this practice-based course provides the skills and industry knowledge to work in the field. The Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) at UTS is an industry-led course, designed and taught by a team of award-winning published authors, editors, scholars and industry professionals. Writing and Publishing builds students’ knowledge of Australian and global publishing contexts, as well as writing and storytelling across an array of formats, like fiction and nonfiction, screenwriting, digital content and games. Students also develop strengths in critical thinking, research, editing and publishing and storytelling in broader contexts – all skills transferable to a wide range of industries and careers.

To hone their skills, students engage in interactive classes led by skilled practitioners. Subjects often rely on workshopping, with students learning key concepts, applying these to their own writing, and collaborating with other students to provide and receive feedback. In this way the course provides students with a brilliant opportunity to be a part of a unique writer’s studio and develop their craft, finishing with a folio of works covering key forms and genres.

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Course aims

The aims of this degree are:

  • to produce graduates with a strong grounding in, and comprehensive knowledge of, contemporary writing practices and the publishing industry,
  • to enable students to develop innovative, creative and ethical practices as writers and editors, appropriate to a variety of professional and cultural contexts,
  • to equip students with the critical, creative and collaborative skills, aptitudes and experiences to gain employment or progress to further study.

Innovation and Transdisciplinary program

All UTS students have the opportunity to develop distinctive capabilities around transdisciplinary thinking and innovation through the TD School. Transdisciplinary education at UTS brings together great minds from different disciplines to explore ideas that improve the way we live and work in the world. These offerings are unique to UTS and directly translate to many existing and emerging roles and careers.

The Diploma in Innovation ( C20060 ) teaches innovation, supports personal transformation and provides the hard skills needed to support the inventors and inventions of the future. Students come out of the Diploma in Innovation, with the hard skills to create and support sectoral and societal transformation. Graduates are able to fluently integrate ideas, across professional disciplines and are inventors of the future.

All UTS undergraduate students (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation) can apply for the Diploma in Innovation upon admission in their chosen undergraduate degree. It is a complete degree program that runs in parallel to any undergraduate degree. The course is offered on a three-year, part-time basis, with subjects running in 3-week long intensive blocks in July, December and February sessions. More information including a link to apply is available at .

Transdisciplinary electives broaden students' horizons and supercharge their problem-solving skills, helping them to learn outside, beyond and across their degrees. Students enrolled in an undergraduate course that includes electives can choose to take a transdisciplinary subject (with the exception of students concurrently enrolled in the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation). More information about the TD Electives program is available here .

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UTS Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) video transcript

[Text] UTS Bachelor of Communication (Writing and Publishing) [Music] Aerial shot of UTS campus Students with books sit and talk on Alumni green [Text] Discover the craft of writing and storytelling across different formats and genres Students and staff in classrooms Book launch event [Text] Learn from acclaimed writers and publishers [Text] Build a portfolio of work to take to industry Students and staff discuss work around desks A student picks up a book, writes notes [Text] Contribute to the UTS Writer’s Anthology or work on the editorial team Student writes on a laptop A group of students discuss a task with an academic [Text] Study a second major to broaden your skillset A student writes in a journal Students discuss their work [Text] Study Writing and Publishing at UTS [Text] Copyright University of Technology Sydney 2023, CRICOS 00099F, TEQSA PRV12060

Typical study program

Typical course programs are shown below for students commencing in either Autumn or Spring session who are completing 8 credit point elective subjects. Students also have the option to complete 6 credit point elective subjects under CBK92062 Elective Choice instead.

All students choose a second major stream when enrolling in their first session. This 18 credit point stream consists of three major subjects from another major (excluding Media Arts and Production).

Students who choose not to continue with their second major choice can continue in their course by choosing 30 credit points of electives (i.e., five 6 credit point subjects) - this should be requested via eRequest.

Second year

The Bachelor of Communication (Honours) ( C09047 ) is available with an additional year of full-time study for eligible students.

Fourth year

Course fees.

For relevant fee information, please choose from the following:

Local student

All students at UTS pay tuition fees to contribute towards the cost of their studies.

In 2024 all offers made to domestic undergraduate students will be for Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) , which means that the Australian government makes a substantial contribution towards the cost of your education, and you pay the balance through student contributions.

The amount you pay depends on your area of study and the number of credit points (cp) in which you enrol. At UTS 48 credit points is considered to be one Equivalent Full Time Study Load (EFTSL).

The table to the right shows the amount a student can expect to pay for one year of full-time study (1.0 EFTSL).

Students can choose to pay their student contribution upfront, or if eligible, can defer their fees through HECS-HELP .

In addition to tuition fees, students are required to pay a Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). The purchase of textbooks and other course materials may also result in additional cost.

You can calculate your student contribution as a percentage of the amounts shown on the table. Fee rates are divided into four bands covering broad discipline areas.  It is important to note that a particular subject within a course may fall within a different band.

For example, if you are enrolled in a 6-credit point Architecture subject , your contribution would be 6/48 x $8,948 = $1,118 .

Student contribution amounts for 2024 commencing students

International student.

Tuition fees for international undergraduate students can be found using tuition fees search .

Tuition fees must be paid in advance each session and are subject to annual increase. Fees for future year(s) published in fees search, whilst unlikely to change, are estimates only. UTS makes every effort to provide up to date future year(s) fee estimates and to limit any changes, however, UTS reserves the right to vary fees for future year(s) at any time.

All international students should familiarise themselves with the following documents:

  • Protocol on refund of fees for international students - contains the refund of fees information for international students.
  • Tuition Protection Service  - designed to ensure that students receive the tuition they have paid for

In addition to tuition fees, students may be required to pay a Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). Textbooks and other course materials will also result in additional costs.

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For further information on costs related to your study at UTS, visit the international students' fees information page .

To increase career flexibility, students can add a second major from five of the other majors offered in the Bachelor of Communication , and build further skills and portfolios that equip them for a range of work options in media and communication. These courses give students practical and transferrable skills for the expanding media industries.

Graduates of this course have found work as writers of fiction and nonfiction in a variety of forms, both as freelance writers and in media organisations. These skills are transferable to careers in communication and marketing, and in organisations with communication processes, such as government, NGOs, industry and cultural groups.

Course structure

Course structure explained.

Students must complete 144 credit points consisting of 24 credit points of core subjects, a 48-credit-point major, a potential 48-credit-point second major, and 24 credit points of electives.

Industrial training/professional practice

Students participate in two Work-Integrated Learning subjects. In the second year of their degree, in a simulated work environment, they edit and produce a literary journal, experiencing each stage of the publication process first-hand. In their third year, students undertake an inquiry-based project investigating current issues in writing and publishing, with input from industry mentors. As writers in their final year, they develop an extended piece of creative writing in a form or genre of their choice.

Course completion requirements

Additional information, course duration.

The course is offered on a three-year, full-time basis.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification, Australian Qualifications Framework Diploma, or equivalent Australian or overseas qualification at the required level.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Check to see if there are additional admission requirements for this course. Additional information relating to this course, including the ATAR profile of domestic students who commenced this course in Autumn 2022, is located under UTS' admissions requirements , alongside information relating to the commencing student cohort who were enrolled in this course past the Autumn 2022 census date.

If you don't meet the admission requirements for this course, there may be alternative pathways to help you gain admission.

Inherent (essential) requirements

Inherent (essential) requirements are academic and non-academic requirements that are essential to the successful completion of a course.

Prospective and current students should carefully read the Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement below, and consider whether they might experience challenges in successfully completing this course. This Statement should be read in conjunction with the UTS Student Rules .

In addition, students who enrol in professional degrees are required to comply with legal requirements relating to accreditation and registration.

Prospective or current students concerned about their ability to meet inherent (essential) requirements should discuss their concerns with the Academic Liaison Officer in their faculty or school and/or UTS Accessibility Service on 9514 1177 or at [email protected] .

UTS will make reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, professional experiences, course related work experience and other course activities to facilitate maximum participation by students with disabilities, carer responsibilities, and religious or cultural obligations in their courses.

For course specific information see the Communication Inherent (Essential) Requirements Statement .

ATAR and selection ranks

To find out further information regarding ATAR and selection ranks from previous applicants who received an offer to this course, please visit our Admissions Stats Tool

Year 12 adjustment factor scheme

Alternative entry.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has established credit recognition packages with the following institutions:

  • UTS College: Diploma of Communication
  • Nanyang Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore

Scholarships and prizes

Scholarships, for bachelor of communication (writing and publishing) students.

  • Medium Rare Scholarship for Indigenous Students

For Communication students

  • ARC Linkage Project in digital-twin driven prognostics for the mining industry
  • Climate Resilient WASH
  • Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC) Scholarship
  • Crescent Leadership Scholarship
  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Scholarship (Kingold Group)
  • Ericsson Technology Scholarship
  • GBDTC PhD Scholarship
  • Global Exchange Scholarship
  • Indigenous Land & Justice Research Hub PhD scholarship
  • International Research Training Program Scholarship (IRTP)
  • Jumbunna Commencement Scholarship
  • Les Kennedy Scholarship
  • Mentoring of Women in Engineering and IT Scholarship
  • Oak Scholarship Trust Grant
  • PhD Scholarship: Renewable Energy in India
  • PhD Scholarship: Schooling, Parenting and Ethnicity
  • RACE for 2030 CRC Industry PhD Scholarship
  • Rosemary Johnston HDR Scholarship
  • Ross Milbourne Elite Athlete Scholarship
  • Scape Accommodation Scholarship
  • Telstra Enterprise Certitude Scholarship
  • Thrive: Next Generation Graduates - PhD – Social Science and Policy
  • UTS Diploma to Degree Pathway Scholarship
  • UTS Diploma to Degree Scholarship for High School Graduates
  • UTS Housing Resident Networker Scholarship
  • UTS Jumbunna Honours Scholarship
  • UTS Scholarship for European Undergraduate Students
  • UTS Undergraduate Tuition Fee Scholarship
  • UTS-Vietnam Government Project 89 PhD Scholarship
  • Wikipedia and Australian history and events

Only for international students

  • Australia Awards Scholarships (Australian Government Scholarships)
  • Diploma to Degree Scholarship
  • Scholarship for Gaokao Students from People’s Republic of China
  • Scholarship for Maple Leaf Education System Graduates from People’s Republic of China
  • Undergraduate Academic Excellence International Scholarship
  • UTS 30th Anniversary Study Abroad Accommodation Scholarship
  • UTS Chinese Undergraduate Tuition Fee Scholarship
  • UTS College to UTS Pathway Scholarship – Indonesia
  • UTS College to UTS Pathways Scholarship
  • UTS Diploma to Degree Pathway Scholarship (China)
  • UTS Enrolled Nurse International Scholarship
  • UTS Foundation Studies Scholarship
  • UTS Humanitarian Scholarship
  • UTS International Baccalaureate (IB) Scholarship
  • UTS MACC Undergraduate Scholarship
  • UTS Study Abroad Excellence Scholarship
  • UTS Vice-Chancellor’s International Undergraduate Scholarship

For all domestic students

  • Dr Chau Chak Wing Scholarship (Exchange & Study Abroad)
  • Elite Athlete Program
  • Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program Scholarships
  • Equal Access Scholarship (Institution Equity Scholarship)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Undergraduate Student Merit Scholarship
  • FASS Undergraduate Regional Journalism Scholarship
  • Lawrence Vidoni Memorial Scholarship
  • LEVO Scholarship for Women in Technology
  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Program
  • New Colombo Plan Scholarships Program
  • Ross Milbourne Research Scholarship in Economics
  • Tertiary Access Payment (TAP)
  • The Gradwell Brungs Scholarship
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust Opportunity Scholarship
  • The Wanago Access Scholarship for Young Women
  • Vice-Chancellor's Merit Scholarship
  • Vice-Chancellor's Outstanding Achievement Scholarship

Only for Aboriginal Australian or Torres Strait Islander students

  • A National First Nations Scholarship (supported by Gordon Cairns and Woolworths Group)
  • Aboriginal Youth Racism
  • Australian Indigenous Education Foundation - UTS Scholarship
  • Bruce and Carol Kendall Undergraduate Memorial Scholarship
  • Indigenous Education Costs Scholarship
  • Indigenous Relocation and Accommodation Scholarship
  • Jumbunna Accommodation Scholarship
  • Jumbunna Honours Scholarship
  • Laurie Cowled Scholarship
  • LEVO Indigenous Technology Scholarship
  • The GO Foundation Indigenous Scholarship
  • The Indigenous Land and Justice Research Group Honours Scholarship
  • The Rotary Soukup Galuwa NT Scholarship
  • Transgrid Indigenous Scholarship for Engineering and Information Technology
  • UTS Council Indigenous Scholarship

Prizes and awards

  • Alan Chappel Engineering Innovation Prize
  • Australian Steel Institute (ASI) Undergraduate Design Award
  • Best Capstone Poster Prize
  • Blanchfield Nicholls Prize
  • CommBank & Telstra UTS Best Venture Prize
  • Dame Mary Gilmore Memorial Prize in Journalism
  • Daniel Sawicki Prize for Outstanding New Media Talent
  • Dean's Merit List for Academic Excellence (Business)
  • Dean’s Capstone Presentation Prize
  • Doug & Silvia Thompson Memorial Prize
  • dwp Design Excellence Prize
  • Engineering Undergraduate Achievement Prize
  • Gareth Ivory Memorial Prize in Journalism
  • George J Haggarty Civil Engineering Prize
  • Guy Morrison Prize for Excellence
  • Henry Davis York Prize
  • Industrial Relations Society of NSW Prize for Excellence in Industrial Relations Undergraduate Study
  • Information Technology Undergraduate Achievement Prize
  • Jack Kaganer Prize
  • King Living Foundation 1st Year Achievement Prize
  • Lance Jolly Prize
  • Robert Greenwood QC Memorial Prize
  • Rodney Gray Prize for Internal Communication
  • Sir Asher Joel Prize for Public Communication
  • Teachers Mutual Bank Rural Student Placement Prize
  • The Carla Zampatti Foundation Design Award
  • The Lawrie Fitzgerald Memorial Prize in Innovation and Creativity
  • The Sanjin Mujic Memorial Award
  • The Toby’s Estate Closed Loop Design Prize
  • The Victor E Shalala Memorial Achievement Award
  • Trevor Buchner Design Prize
  • UTS Anthology Writing Prize
  • UTS Insearch International Student Prize in Accounting
  • UTS Insearch International Student Prize in Business
  • UTS Insearch International Student Prize in International Business
  • Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Regional Journalism Prize

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Here are a few important things for you to check out before you apply:

  • admission requirements for this course. These can be found on the overview tab and there may also be additional entry requirements
  • required levels of English proficiency for the course you're interested in.
  • recognition of prior learning guidelines if you've undertaken previous study that might be credited towards your course at UTS.

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Domestic applicants can apply via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens an external site)

UAC code(s): 600033 (Autumn session, Spring session, Spring session)

Make a note of the relevant UAC code before starting the UAC application.

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  • admission requirements for this course. These can be found on the overview tab and there may also be additional entry requirements .
  • required levels of English proficiency for the course you’re interested in.
  • recognition of prior learning guidelines if you’ve undertaken previous study that might be credited towards your course at UTS.

You can meet an international student advisor at one of our events worldwide to ask questions and submit an application.

Visit the UTS Handbook for full academic dates. Visit essential information for international students for the application closing dates.

International applicants can apply to study through UTS International.

International applicants who are currently doing:

  • an Australian Year 12 qualification in or outside Australia
  • an International Baccalaureate, or
  • a New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3

can apply through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) (opens external site).

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Creative Writing

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  • Study the craft of writing through a multi-genre approach
  • Move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment
  • Immerse yourself in an independent creative project in your final year
  • Attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival – an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents

The goal of our Creative Writing course at Winchester is simple: we want you to become the best writer you can be. To help you achieve this our department of passionate and supportive lecturers runs a practice-based programme with workshops designed to encourage you to evolve as a writer in new and individual ways.

As one of the most successful creative writing programmes of its kind in the UK, you are encouraged to see all types of writing in relation to wider literary, cultural and professional contexts. Whether you are crafting novels, poems or scripts our widely published academics help you to demonstrate a high level of technical skill, an aptitude for self-expression, and a commitment to hard work and personal development. 

Hear from our students and staff on what you can expect studying Creative Writing at Winchester.

The course seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first year, and then allowing you to specialise in Years 2 and 3. Your work develops in a workshop environment bolstered by positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. Additional guidance is given on audience (for example, editor, agent or publisher) where appropriate.

In Year 2, the focus becomes more specific with a choice of modules that concentrate on elements of different genres such as writing for children, media writing, poetry, song and play, film and TV script.

In Year 3, the modules look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, exploring publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. There is also an opportunity to work on an extended creative project in your chosen genre with one-to-one supervision from an expert in this field.

The course arms you with some fantastic transferable skills, such as confident and compelling storytelling, critical thinking and articulate expression. These abilities are valued in a variety of employment contexts including arts and entertainment as well as business and commerce.

Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills. Recent graduates have successfully set themselves up as freelance writers.

Many of our graduates choose to go on to further study, both at Masters and Doctoral level. Recent graduates have also successfully set themselves up as freelance writers, or else gone into a variety of areas of employment including public service, charitable and community work, administration, teaching, publishing, banking, law, PR, marketing, copywriting, estate agency, sales authorship, recruitment, optometry.

The University of Winchester ranks in the top 10 in the UK for graduates in employment or further study according to the Graduate Outcomes Survey 2023, HESA.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:.

UK, EU, World

Work placements

We offer the chance to conduct a work placement in Year 2.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America (USA). For more information see our Study Abroad section .

Learning and teaching

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market.

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 300 hours Independent learning: 900 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours Independent learning: 864 hours Placement learning: 60

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours Independent learning: 924 hours *Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Key areas of the student experience include:

  • Opportunities to have work published in the student writing magazine.
  • Students have the chance to attend the Winchester Writers Festival so they can meet authors, publishers and agents who attend

Taught elements of the course take place on campus in Winchester.

Teaching hours

All class based teaching takes places between 9am – 6pm, Monday to Friday during  term time . Wednesday afternoons are kept free from timetabled teaching for personal study time and for sports clubs and societies to train, meet and play matches. There may be some occasional learning opportunities (for example, an evening guest lecturer or performance) that take places outside of these hours for which you will be given forewarning.

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes.

Further details on assessment types used can be found  by attending an Open Day or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose.

The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

100% coursework 0% written exams 0% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

99% coursework 0% written exams 1% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures section.


2024 Entry: 104-120 UCAS tariff points

Our offers are typically made using UCAS tariff points to allow you to include a range of level 3 qualifications and as a guide, the requirements for this course are equivalent to:

  • A-Levels: BCC-BBB from 3 A Levels or equivalent grade combinations (e.g. BBB is comparable to ABC in terms of tariff points)
  • BTEC/CTEC: DMM from BTEC or Cambridge Technical (CTEC) qualifications
  • International Baccalaureate: To include a minimum of 2 Higher Level certificates at grade H4
  • T Level: Merit in a T Level

In addition to the above, we accept tariff points achieved for many other qualifications, such as the Access to Higher Education Diploma, Scottish Highers, UAL Diploma/Extended Diploma and WJEC Applied Certificate/Diploma, to name a few. We also accept tariff points from smaller level 3 qualifications, up to a maximum of 32, from qualifications like the Extended Project (EP/EPQ), music or dance qualifications. To find out more about UCAS tariff points, including what your qualifications are worth, please visit  UCAS .

In addition to level 3 study, the following GCSE’s are required:

  • GCSEs in Mathematics and English Language at grade 4 or C, or higher. Functional Skills at level 2 is accepted as an alternative, however Key Skills qualifications are not. If you hold another qualification, please get in touch and we will advise further.

If English is not your first language, a formal English language test will most likely be required and you will need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS Academic at 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in all four components (for year 1 entry)
  • We also accept other English language qualifications, such as IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE Academic, Cambridge C1 Advanced and TOEFL iBT.

If you will be over the age of 21 years of age at the beginning of your undergraduate study, you will be considered as a mature student. This means our offer may be different and any work or life experiences you have will be considered together with any qualifications you hold. UCAS have further information about studying as a mature student on their  website  which may be of interest.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234 Send us a message

International students

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at  [email protected] or calling +44 (0)1962 826247

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by visiting us at an Open Day .

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules credits, year 2 (level 5), year 3 (level 6).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at . The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Progression from one level of the programme to the next is subject to meeting the University’s  academic regulations .

2024 Course Tuition Fees

If you are a UK student starting your degree in September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,250**. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK students.

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

UK Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,935.

International part-time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £122.50 and a 15 credit module is £2,087.

* Please note that not all courses offer an optional sandwich year. To find out whether this course offers a sandwich year, please contact the programme leader for further information.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.


As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

In students second year of study, there may be a field trip depending on module choices. Indicative cost is £20.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance check may be required if you undertake a placement, volunteering, research or other course related activity where you will have contact with children or vulnerable adults. The requirement for a DBS check will be confirmed by staff as part of the process to approve your placement, research or other activity. The indicative cost is £40.

Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Indicative cost is £160 per academic year.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a printing allowance of £5 each academic year. This will print around 125 A4 (black and white) pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards section .

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