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Course Level:Undergraduate
Next Start Date: October 2022
Duration: 3 Years
Campus Location: University Square Campus, Luton
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time day
UCAS Code:W800

About the course

Find your specialism and become the writer of your dreams with our innovative, skills-building course which encourages you to experiment with different modes and genres across a range of media platforms. Our small cohort sizes mean you benefit from personal, tailored support.

Explore writing in a way you might not have experienced before, from the speculative genres of horror and fantasy to scriptwriting and performance poetry. Your academic team are all experienced writers who will encourage you to find where your aptitudes and enthusiasms lie, and help you develop your own writing practice and style.

This course benefits from a close relationship with other creative courses such as media, art and design, journalism, and computer games development so you work in an atmosphere of collaborative, artistic energy. You also have many opportunities to share your work, including in our annual published anthology of student writing and at open-mic nights.

Graduates from the course have gone on to successful careers in a range of fields, from published authors of fantasy fiction and innovative poetry to editorial roles, from professional YouTubers to Creative Writing lecturers.

The course regularly receives 100% overall ratings in the NSS (National Student Survey) in eligible years.

Why choose this course?

  • We are a student-centred course where the emphasis is placed on your development as a writer
  • Belong to a vibrant and diverse writing community and have the freedom to focus on the aspects of writing that interest you
  • Optional pathways in genre fiction, innovative forms, and screenwriting, taught by writers from those fields, and the opportunity to collaborate with students in other arts and media areas
  • Meet with writers and other industry professionals
  • Focus on your professional development and your future after completing the degree

For more information about this course, please contact Dr Tim Jarvis, Course Co-ordinator, at timothy.jarvis@beds.ac.uk

 

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


Hear from Creative Writing students Matthew and take a look at our students work - the Creative Writing Anthology 2019/20

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We support you every step of the way

We offer a Merit Scholarship, worth £2,400* over 3 academic years, which is awarded to those who can demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, through scoring 112 UCAS tariff points or more for UK and EU applicants.

We also offer a range of financial support for those of you applying from outside of the UK and EU.

Course Leader - Dr Tim Jarvis

I am a writer with an interest in speculative and innovative fiction, and the short story form.

I have been teaching Creative Writing at the University of Bedfordshire since 2014 and am currently Course Coordinator of the BA Creative Writing.

 
Find out more about Dr Tim Jarvis
The campus where this course is taught

This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

*Only available to UK/EU students.


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


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
  • Innovative Writing (MED010-2) Optional
  • Scriptwriting (MED026-2) Optional
  • Writing Horror And Dark Fantasy Fiction (MED041-2) Optional
  • Creative Writing Professional Practice (MED024-3) Compulsory
  • Special Project In Creative Writing (MED042-3) Compulsory
  • Experiment And Innovation In Context (MED038-3) Optional
  • Script: Writing, Editing And Pitch (MED025-3) Optional
  • Writing Fantasy Fiction (MED044-3) Optional

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.

Why study in the School of Arts and Creative Industries?

  • Professional theatre and dance studios
  • Latest digital and VR technologies and performance techniques
  • Taught by experienced performers and practitioners
  • Industry links and Media Masterclasses
  • Media arts centre equipped with industry standard facilities
  • Specially equipped Art and Design building

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


You will graduate from this degree having had the opportunity to develop your writing practice in the area that most interests you, and as part of a community of like-minded writers. The course will give you the opportunity to network with writers and other industry professionals, and to learn the real-world skill of collaborating with those working in other arts and media areas. You will also focus on gaining excellent written communication skills.

Professional development is at the heart of the degree, and you will leave prepared for a wide range of careers, from creative freelancing to editorial, from copywriting to teaching.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 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 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £13,500 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

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2022/23 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 2022/23 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 2022/23 is £13,500 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

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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