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What makes Creative Writing and Screenwriting at Worcester special?

Both of these subjects are practice-based - you learn primarily through doing. They are designed to support development of your writing, to enable you to situate your own practice within broader contemporary writing contexts and, equally importantly, contexts of relevant theory. Integral to both is your growing understanding of the professional and employment opportunities that may be available to you once you have graduated.

Creative Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of writing, whilst developing your commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of the publishing industry.

Studying Screen writing at Worcester allows you to learn through practice whilst being taught by practitioners with extensive knowledge and experience in varied industry backgrounds.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Tailor your degree to your interests by focusing on the forms of writing that most interest you
  • Develop a solid portfolio of work, which can act as your springboard for a career in the creative and media industries
  • Experience writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms
  • Innovative approach, with modules on craft and voice, creativity and collaboration and professionalism and employment
  • Benefit from regular visits, guest lectures and script feedback from top industry experts
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

We encourage mature applicants to apply with relevant qualifications or experience.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Introduction to Writing - a tool kit of techniques for creative and professional writing
  • Scriptwriting: Ideas and Development 
  • Story Design and Analysis

Optional

  • Life Writing 
  • Writing Poetry 
  • Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference of View 
  • Introduction to Feature Writing

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Writer as Researcher 
  • Scriptwriting: Concept Development and Realisation

Optional

  • Environmental Writing 
  • Writing for Children 
  • Playwriting 
  • Intermediate Feature Writing 
  • Screen Adaptation 
  • Writing the Feature Film 
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV  

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Extended writing project mentored by practitioners 
  • Industry, Practices and Applications

Optional

  • Career and Project 
  • Writing for Performance 
  • Hypertexts – Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • Independent Study 
  • Screenwriting: Final Project 
  • Scriptwriting Extension Module 
  • Radio and Television Comedy

I had always pictured myself as a writer of short stories and novels I can hardly wait to see a story of mine being made into a film.

Andrew Owens, Creative Writing and Screenwriting student whose short story was made into a feature-length film

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative Writing and Screenwriting.

Creative Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of your own and others’ writing. Throughout, you will be immersed in intellectual issues informing the discipline and practices of writing and learn to place your own writing within contexts of published work. You will develop expertise in commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of publishing and marketing processes alongside working towards your own, creative development. You will work with published writers, professional publishers and editors with a variety of specialisms including poetry, travel writing, writing for the screen, writing fiction, writing for performance, writing for children, feature writing, blogging and copy writing. Your development and achievements will be assessed by means of a wide variety of writing ‘tasks.’ In your third year, you will undertake a major writing project of your choice, mentored by members of the course team, alongside participating in a range of activity designed to support you to prepare for progression once you have graduated.

Screenwriting nurtures your love of story and aims to develop your skills as a writer and media practitioner for the 21st century. It provides creative, challenging approaches to writing for the screen and performance – from initial conception to production. You are taught by lecturers with both academic and professional, industry backgrounds who are well placed to offer you expert advice and to support your development of original writing. The course provides you with many opportunities to network with industry contacts, supporting your developing understanding of how your writing skills are transferable to employment within the media industries. Scheduled visitors in 2014/15 include writers for Holby CityHollyoaks and Moving On and development executives from the makers of TV shows including Gavin and StaceyThe Royle Family and Philomena. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty ThingsEastern PromisesPeaky Blinders) will be providing individual script feedback to the winner of The Steven Knight Award for Best Screenplay, awarded exclusively to one of Worcester’s final year Screenwriting students.

Both subject areas are committed to supporting your understanding of the range of possibilities that could be available to you on graduation, and there are opportunities to explore postgraduate study and to investigate, with those who are already following them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries, the media, marketing, PR and other employment sectors in which writing graduates find work. In combination, Creative Writing and Screenwriting will be an interesting prospect if writing and today’s rich variety of associated cultural forms and communication is your obsession and what excites your curiosity.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for Creative Writing and Screenwriting.

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Dr Jack McGowan

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry.

Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication.

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Sarah Evans

Sarah is a media professional who has worked as a Script Editor, Drama Series Editor and Producer across both independent television and the BBC. She is also a full voting member of BAFTA and continues to write and develop her own work.

Sarah also has extensive experience working in Higher Education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and is particularly focussed on the development and production of student work.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The course will provide a foundation for students who are interested in developing writing as a profession, for example in the creative industries and/or commercial markets and an understanding of how writers make a living. Graduates from this course will be very successful candidates for careers in teaching because of the emphasis on writing in the new English curricula. 

The opportunity to be introduced to current industry contacts in Screenwriting is an essential element of the progression of your work across the three years, giving you a unique insight into how your skills can transfer into employment within the media industry. There are many career path options including publishing, the media, marketing and communications, working in the digital arts industries, in film and television and arts organisations, and taking up university and school teaching or postgraduate academic and creative writing courses.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 will be £12,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £102 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £165 per week (2019/20 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Creative Writing and Screenwriting BA (Hons) - W990  

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

W990

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Ruth Stacey

Creative Writing admissions tutor

Sarah Evans

Course Leader, Screenwriting