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Key Facts

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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:W800
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton

About the course

This course will allow you to shape your own development as a writer in a creative and exciting atmosphere. Our knowledgeable and passionate lecturers are experienced writers and teachers, with a wealth of expertise in genre fiction, innovative writing, and scriptwriting. Our small cohort sizes mean that you will get personal and tailored support.

On the course you will have the opportunity to explore a range of modes of writing including fantasy and horror fiction, innovative and visual poetry, and screenwriting. Lecturers will encourage you to find out where your aptitudes and enthusiasms lie, and help you to develop your own sustainable writing practice.

The course exists in the dynamic and creative School of Culture and Communication, working alongside courses in Journalism, and the Schools of Media and Performance; and the School of Art and Design, in an atmosphere of collaboration and discussion. Within the course you will be given opportunities to share your work, including ‘Open Mic’ nights and our annual published showcase of student writing.

Graduates from the course have gone on to successful careers in a range of fields, from published authors of fantasy writing and innovative poetry, to editorial roles and roles within the charity sector, from professional YouTubers to creative writing lecturers.

Work from our students - the Creative Writing Anthology 2019/20


  • Learn from experienced writers, academics, research students and alumni as well as forging links with media, journalism and art and design courses
  • Study theories of writing, poetics and manifestos alongside critical and philosophical standpoints to inform your own creative work in areas like innovative writing, scriptwriting, and genre writing.
  • Develop your own creative specialism – we have particular expertise in innovative writing, horror, and fantasy writing
  • Gain links with the publishing industry and other writing-related industries through the professional practice element of the course
  • Explore outlets for your own work including taking part in Open Mic evenings, and contributing to our annual course anthology of student work
  • Benefit from a course which opens doors to careers in addition to that of full-time writer – including advertising and copywriting, TV script-editing, reviewing, publishing, and teaching, or postgraduate study

In three of the past four academic years, the course has received a 100% overall rating in the NSS (National Student Survey).

We are currently ranked 12th in the 2020 Good University Guide Creative Writing League Table.

Contact Lesley McKenna, Course Co-ordinator by email at lesley.mckenna@beds.ac.uk for more information about this course.

Check out what the Creative Writing team are saying on Twitter @WritingBeds


  • Media arts centre equipped with industry standard facilities
  • Industry links and media masterclasses

Units

  • Composition (MED018-1) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing Theory And Practice (MED001-1) Compulsory
  • Writers Reading (MED015-1) Compulsory
  • Writing Practices (MED016-1) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing: Research Into Writing (MED003-2) Compulsory
  • Poetics: Theory Into Practice (MED049-2) Compulsory
  • Creative Writing Professional Practice (MED024-3) Compulsory
  • Special Project In Creative Writing (MED042-3) Compulsory

Most assessment is by creative work plus a contextual study, in which you discuss aims and intentions, research, influences and precursors, and how the piece/s fit into your growing understanding of yourself as a writer (what we call `poetics'). There will be opportunities to present performances (live and recorded), text-art, online writing, and a host of other types and forms of writing practice for assessment. Written essays on your practice, presentations and pitches of your work are also included in some units. In publishing, film and television, and other writing-related careers, it is not only important to write well, but to explain what you do to prospective employers, collaborators and partners. Our assessments are designed to help you build up the confidence, and the self-reflexive skills, to do this successfully.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course improve my career prospects?

You will graduate from this degree equipped and empowered to work in the production departments of high profile film projects and within the independent sector.

You will also be well prepared to work as a freelancer, working on film and video projects, both for your own clients and on your own projects.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student