Creative and Professional Writing

Undergraduate degree 

Creative and Professional Writing

An inspiring degree taught by a range of published authors, journalists, copywriters, poets and screenwriters, all dedicated to helping you become the best writer you can be.

Start Date:

September 2022

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

Degree Type:

BA (single honours)

Duration:

3 years (full-time)

4 years (full-time) if opting for the additional placement year

UCAS Code:

W801

Entry Tariff:

Year 1 entry: 96–112 UCAS points (or equivalent)

We welcome applications from students studying T-Levels.

For all courses we also accept a wide range of other qualifications and experience. Contact us to find out more.

When we consider applications to study with us, we form a complete view of your achievements to date, and future potential, and can offer flexibility in entry requirements. Find out more about our Contextual Offer scheme.

General entry requirements:

UK students

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Course and Module Details

Overview:

This practical and versatile degree is designed for those who seek a career with writing at its heart.

Everybody that teachers on this degree is an experienced writer, and we treat our students as writers from the moment they start; academics and students come together over their shared passion for writing and all who teach you will understand the joy that you will feel when you see your first poem, article, or story appear in print.

During your three years at Roehampton you’ll work with a range of published authors, journalists, copywriters, poets and screenwriters — all here for the sole purpose of helping you become the best writer that you can be. You will be part of a lively writing community that offers readings, a writers’ society and access to London’s rich creative scene, plus workshops with industry professionals from a range of writing specialisms.

Assessment is structured in a way that allows you to build a portfolio of your work as the course progresses, building to a valuable tool for job-hunting after graduation. There are also opportunities for work placements, and to study abroad in the second year.

Through our thriving partnerships with Wimbledon Bookfest and the Barnes Children's Literature Festival there are opportunities to volunteer or undertake paid work experience during your time with us. This course also offers all students the option of a one-year paid work placement, to boost your employability even further.

At Roehampton you’ll have the opportunity to see your work in print long before graduation, because the university owns a publishing house, Fincham Press. Every year Fincham Press brings out an anthology of the best student writing, and it’s available to explore development opportunities for individual student publications. Fincham Press serves as an inspiring education and entry into the world of formal publishing. Click here to view a sample of current students' work published in May 2021, entitled All That Glitters.

Our first year provides an introduction. Freedom and variety is important. Your work will cover a range of writing styles, offering you the chance to find your field of interest . You will explore methods for developing creativity and overcoming occasional bouts of writer’s block.

In your second year, modules go deeper into areas of particular interest. Students branch out into a wider range of creative and professional fields.

The third year concludes with a Creative Dissertation which can lead to a complete manuscript which you can submit to a publisher or agent.

Placement Year

This course offers all students the option to apply for a one-year paid work placement between years 2 & 3 of the course. A placement year is the perfect opportunity to gain valuable work experience and skills within an industry or sector of choice.

In your first two years of study you will learn about industry needs and skills required to be successful in applying for a placement through a series of workshops and curriculum based sessions. You will be encouraged to develop your Personal Development Plan and CV and will be provided with access to the University's support services including Placements, Careers and Academic Guidance.

Please note, the Placements team will offer support and guidance in searching for and applying to placements, however a placement cannot be guaranteed.

Modules

 
 
 


These modules are those we currently offer and may be subject to change each year.

Foundation Year

This course is offered as a degree with foundation year -  a four-year programme which provides an additional foundation year at the beginning of the degree, that will give you academic and practical experience, as well as the skills you need to ensure you are equipped to successfully complete your chosen degree.

Find out more about our degrees with a foundation year  

Start date:

September 2022

Entry tariff:

Foundation Year entry: 48 UCAS points (or equivalent)

UCAS Code:

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Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International Placement year
£9,250 £13,705 £925

Combinations

Creative and Professional Writing and English Literature [WQ83]

 
 

Study Abroad

This course has the option of studying abroad as part of your degree in your second semester of second year.

With Roehampton Abroad scholarships of up to £1,000 and Turing Scheme funding available, you could spend a semester at one of our partner universities across the globe, with destinations including the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.

Find out more about where your degree could take you here.

Career Options

After graduation, you will be able to use those passions and abilities to make a good living. A degree in Creative and Professional Writing is recognised as one of the best degrees that you can have in order to get ahead in many different areas.

On graduation, you’ll be ready for the workplace. Industry-facing modules such as The Business of Writing, and Professional Copywriting provide specific skill-sets for employment. All of our modules hone your writing and develop your communication skills. Creative Writing graduates go on to become journalists, copywriters, podcasters, librarians, proofreaders, teachers, marketing experts, social media specialists, and email marketers. That’s on top of those who become novelists, poets, screenwriters and playwrights. And this is a far from definitive list.

How to apply

Undergraduate programmes

How to join us in January or February 2022

To start a degree with us in January or  February, complete our direct application form. See our list of January courses.

How to join us in September 2022

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Detailed advice on applying for an undergraduate degree is available in the FAQs section below.

Application process FAQs

 

If you are applying to us for a full-time degree or extended degree programme, you will need to apply online through UCAS, or direct, depending on the start date of your course and your fee status. Please see tabs above. And don't hesitate to contact us at the same time. Either fill in an online enquiry form, or contact us at the details below!

This is the official applications service for the UK, and they will send your application details to each of the universities you have listed on your application.

When you register with UCAS, you will also receive a username and password so that you can access your application at a later date.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages on our website.

Contact us directly if you have any questions.

Yes we will take into account the ongoing disruption and impact that Coronavirus has had on applicants when considering the results of students applying to us.

Please visit our dedicated webpages to read more.

The Roehampton UCAS institution code is R48.

Your school, college or centre will give you a buzzword so you can link your application to them. You add this word to your application when you register to make an undergraduate application.

If you are applying independently, without a school or college, you do not need a buzzword.

If you are no longer at school or college you will need to apply to university as an independent applicant. When you register with UCAS they will give you a username and password so that you can complete your application whenever you like.

You will need to complete the online application, including your personal statement and will also need to supply a reference from someone who knows you well, and is able to write about why you are suitable for higher education.

It is very important that you enter the correct institution code (for Roehampton this is R48) and course code for each choice. These can be found on the relevant course pages.

Further guidelines can be found on the UCAS website.

Contact us directly if you have any other questions about applications.

No. UCAS will issue you with a username and password which you can use to log in whenever and wherever you want to work on your application.

There is no time limit from when you start your application to when you send it, as long as you complete it within the deadlines set by UCAS and your school.

If you are a international student, you can apply direct using our online application form.

Details of support we provide for international students, and useful information about the application process, are available on our international web pages.

No, you can only send one UCAS application in each year’s application cycle, but this can include applications for up to five courses. Applying for more than one course will cost extra.

If you do not receive any offers from your initial UCAS application, you can make additional choices through UCAS Extra in the Spring term. You will be sent details of UCAS Extra if you are eligible.

If you apply to university before the 15 January deadline you should have received decisions from each of the universities you apply to by 31 March 2020. In this case, you will need to make your replies about which to accept by 5 May 2020.

If you applied after the January deadline, or one or more of your universities hasn’t made a decision on your application by the end of March, other reply dates will apply – please do contact us to find out more.

You can accept two courses – one firm choice and one insurance choice.

If you meet the requirements of your firm choice, then you will be expected to take that place, so you need to be sure that the course you have accepted firmly is the one you want to do.

If you miss the grades for your firm choice and meet the requirements for your insurance choice you will be expected to take up that place.

If you meet the terms of your firm choice and ask to be released from this, you will be entered into Clearing and cannot go to your insurance choice.

Once you have applied through UCAS you will be able to follow the progress of each of your applications by using UCAS Track.

You can also contact us directly to find out the status of your application with us.

If you apply through UCAS and we make you an offer, we will ordinarily make you one of the following types of offer:

Conditional Offers

This offer requires you to meet particular academic or other conditions before you can join the course of study you have applied for. This could be a combination of grade, scores or subjects and will be outlined in the offer communication that you receive.

Unconditional offers

An unconditional offer has no conditions attached. Unconditional offers are often made to students who already have their achieved qualification grades and who are returning to education after a gap year or a period of time in work.

If Roehampton is your firm choice, and you have not met your conditions, please check UCAS track, we may be able to show some flexibility, although this is not guaranteed.

If you have missed the conditions of your firm choice, but met the conditions of your Insurance choice. Congratualtions, you will be studying at your Insurance choice. If you miss the conditions for both your firm and Insurance choice, then UCAS will automatically enter you into Clearing.

Make sure that you are prepared for results day and any decisions you may need/want to make. Check UCAS for more advice about what happens on results day.

If you would like any advice on this, please contact us directly and we can discuss your options.

If you are applying to university from the UK or European Union (EU), irrespective of your nationality, you must submit your UCAS application before the January deadline in order for it to be guaranteed equal consideration. The deadline for the 2022 cycle is Wednesday 26 January 2022 at 18:00.

We understand that there are many reasons why you may not be able to meet this deadline. With this in mind, Roehampton will still consider applications received after the January deadline, if there are places available on the course.

The University of Roehampton welcomes the introduction of T Levels and is delighted to confirm that we will be able to accept them across the majority of our programmes. Students will be able to apply using T Levels for both three year and four year undergraduate degrees. UCAS Tariff requirements for each programme, will be made available on programme webpages.

Yes, if you accepted an offer of study at us or another University through UCAS, you have 14 days in which you can change your response, and you can do so by contacting UCAS.

If you want to change your mind, please do get in touch to discuss your options with us. Call us on 0208 392 3314.

If you first apply through UCAS after 30 June 2022, UCAS will not send your application to universities but will instead send you details about Clearing.

Clearing a service that is available between July and September to help people find places on higher education courses. You may be eligible for Clearing if any of the following are relevant to you:

  • you have applied this year but have not gained a place
  • you have declined your offers
  • you have not previously applied to UCAS for entry this year.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our financial support pages.

Yes, we have a wide range of on-campus and off-campus student residences. You will be guaranteed University accommodation if you are applying for September 2021, January 2022 or September 2022 entry.

Find out more about our accommodation and accommodation guarantee here.

We can support you to transfer to Roehampton from another university,  into the relevant year of study. Find out more here.

UCAS offers a number of helpful articles on the process of applying to universities. You can also find advice and guidance from the Schools and Colleges Engagement Team here.

 

Need help before you apply?

Our Students

Ella Graunia Cook, a class of 2021 BA Creative Writing graduate from London, beat over 500 early-career writers to scoop the 2021 Student Football Writer of the Year award, organised by the Football Writers' Association

Read about Ella's win on the Humanities and Social Sciences news pages.

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Our Alumni

David Driver-Gomm is a recent graduate of our BA Creative and Professional Writing and has secured an impressive first job using the skills he acquired on his degree course. David works in the online gaming sector as Editor and Community Manager at DBolical, where he's in charge of two major gaming sites that have a combined traffic of some eight million people. In his role he's tasked with revitalising the gaming communities and increasing public outreach, by creating engaging content for the sites. His editorial style has been credited with bringing a further 500,000 visitors to his sites each month since he started, and he attributes much of that success to the copywriting skills he gained from his time at Roehampton.

Long term, David hopes to continue working in the online gaming field, perhaps staying in community management and editorial or maybe exploring other roles such as the tech side of the industry.

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Doing all we can to support our student's lives at Roehampton 

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options. 

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.