School of Humanities

Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

We are one of a handful of UK universities to offer a single honours programme in Creative and Professional Writing, offering you the unique opportunity to solely concentrate upon the act and art of writing for different audiences, in different contexts and genres, and with a view to fulfilling ambitions in your own practice.

We are one of a handful of UK universities to offer a single honours programme in Creative and Professional Writing, offering you the unique opportunity to solely concentrate upon the act and art of writing for different audiences, in different contexts and genres, and with a view to fulfilling ambitions in your own practice.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W804
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  • Start Date(s) 19 September 2022
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (4 years), Part-time (8 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Humanities
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Why choose this course?

We are one of a handful of UK universities to offer a single honours programme in Creative and Professional Writing, offering you the unique opportunity to solely concentrate upon the act and art of writing for different audiences, in different contexts and genres, and with a view to fulfilling ambitions in your own practice. We believe Creative and Professional Writing to be an art, a vocation, a craft, occupation, and practice that can be historicised, theorised, genderised, digitalised and regionalised, and all of our modules are dedicated to offering you the best start to your writing career.

With a real emphasis upon employability, we are passionate about nurturing new voices and encourage you to explore the subjects and stories you want to write about. It is why our programme is specifically designed to enable you to take ownership over your own learning from Level 5, giving you the choice of pursuing a specific learning pathway in a particular medium to develop your expertise – poetry, prose, professional – or to continue with the traditional piecemeal approach. Taught by a dedicated team of published writers with national reputations with an as you write it, we’re writing too ethos, we offer a variety of specialist modules that draw from our own practice and expertise including Writing, Region and Identity, Geo-Poetics and Eco-Narratives, Crime Writing, and Children’s Literature – which includes the opportunity to work on a writing project with an illustrator from the School of Art. In your final year, alongside your Independent Study Project, we have the unique opportunity to not only begin a novel in semester 1, but to continue working on that novel and perhaps towards completion, with a practising novelist throughout semester 2. We also offer a dedicated Writing Week where you will have access to guest authors, industry speakers, and masterclasses, and be encouraged to write for personal projects. There is also the opportunity to perform your own work at the various Literature Festivals we partner in the region and to join us for our End of Semester panel events discussing the subjects that challenge us writers today.

Meet our creative writing teaching team here.





What happens on the course?

Level 4 provides an essential overview of Creative and Professional Writing practice by focusing upon the fundamental skills and techniques writers use and how they might apply to your own work. You will take six core modules across two semesters that are designed to challenge and develop your own practice and to further understand the writing process. We’ll introduce you to the craft of short fiction and the various strands of creative non-fiction. You will engage in how to read and write poetry and be introduced to the ideas behind the authorial intention and the reader-engagement theories underpinning subjective interpretation in Reading as a Writer. You’ll be introduced to the art of Screenwriting and explore the literature by writers living and working here in the Midlands, past and present.

Level 5 shows our dedication to your writing career and is therefore all about your module choices. Here, you take ownership over your own learning by choosing to pursue a particular learning pathway – in poetry, prose or professional writing – in order to specialise in a medium and further develop your practice within it, or to pursue the traditional piecemeal approach which enables the flexibility to try your hand at multiple writing crafts. This means no core modules and a stronger focus upon where you intend to take your writing. We offer more specialist topics in terms of Genre Writing – Crime, Thrillers, Regional Narratives, Horror, Speculative and Children’s Literature – whilst enabling you to advance your studies in Creative Non-Fiction via the Life Writing module or to develop your poetry practice in From Page to Stage. Professionally, our module Writing Features introduces you the foundations of journalism and features writing with the opportunity to contribute your work to our departmental blog.

Level 6 offers a continuation in your learning pathway or to again embrace the piecemeal approach. The poetry pathway shifts the focus to Geo-Poetics and Eco-Narratives, and the prose pathway offers you the unique opportunity of producing a novel (or part of) over 2 semesters, better preparing you for the publishing industry. Our Writing Futures module enables practice within the multitude of writing-specific careers, and Literature in the Digital Age explores how writers have adapted to and used the medium of cyberculture as a means of production. You will also be expected to complete an independent creative writing study as a way to reflect and represent your 3 years here as a student of Creative and Professional Writing.

Many of our modules have Book Clubs discussing set texts, collaborative writing opportunities, group presentations, informal workshops, and online discussion forums to continue thinking beyond the seminar. Our dedicated Writing Week is scheduled in week 7 each semester, its aim to bring all students of all levels together as one learning community to engage in a series of events and masterclasses and have access to guest authors and industry speakers. Our End of Semester panel events culminate a semester’s learning by discussing the topics that continue to challenge writers with a guest author in the hot seat.  

Course Modules

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Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

  • This course is one of the few in the country to combine English with creative and professional writing (most exclude the former). Thus there is a real emphasis on employability.
  • The course is taught by prize-winning, published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship etc).
  • Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors.

 Comments from our External Examiners on provision:
 “The team in themselves are highly active and productive as writers - their publications in contemporary fiction, humour writing, literary criticism and creative writing pedagogy are important contributions to their respective fields and ensure the relevance and currency of their teaching.“

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Paul McDonald


On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing
  • Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of written texts using variety of written, oral and digital resources
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)
  • Produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing
  • Articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to the study of creative and professional writing within a multicultural context
  • Source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing.


Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2021-22
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Part-time £3100 per year# 2021-22
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
International Full-time £12950 per year 2021-22
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Part-time £6475 per year# 2021-22
International Part-time £6725 per year# 2022-23

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

£100 - Subsidised trip to The Globe Theatre London

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • BTEC L3 Diploma - grades MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.


Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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