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Creative Writing

BA (Hons)

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What is Creative Writing BA (Hons)?

From poetry and playwriting to short stories and novels, you’ll focus on your existing creative passions and experiment with a wide range of styles, modes, and genres. You’ll be mentored by professional authors who can help you find your creative voice. You can see your work performed by actors in a staged reading, and get published in our student-led magazine – Show Don’t Tell – as well as our annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series.

We’re a close-knit creative writing community and our students benefit from a high level of support from each other and staff. You’ll learn from award-winning lecturers who specialise in a variety of genres, including transgressive writing, confessional poetry, sci-fi, horror, and speculative fiction. These include Professor Nigel McLoughlin – twice shortlisted for the Hennessey Award, and whose work has appeared in The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Irish Times.

Study style

The course includes a mix of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials – all taught by professional authors. In lectures, you’ll learn the fundamentals of good writing by studying the greats, both classic and contemporary. In workshops, you’ll develop your own stories, plays, novels and poems. Regular writing workshops mean you can share your work with peers and get their feedback.

In your first year you’ll explore the fundamentals of prose, poetry and dramatic writing, before pursuing your chosen strand, (or multiple strands if you’re keen to combine a mix of creative areas). Your final year will have a professional focus to prepare you for your career in the creative industries. You’ll meet with established authors, agents, and editors – understanding the publishing industry, composing your writer’s biography and learning how to submit your work to relevant magazines and markets.

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Entry requirements

    • 96 tariff points (calculate your points at

      Your points must include at least 2 A Levels or equivalent BTEC qualifications, for example:
      BCC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of qualifications to achieve the required tariff.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

    • English and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham W801 £9,250 £14,700
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham W801 TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham W801 TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Author
  • Playwright
  • Poet
  • Screenwriter
  • Games Writer
  • Editor / Editorial Assistant / Web Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Features Writer
  • Blogger and Content Writer
  • PR
  • Concept Writer / Staff Writer / Copy Writer
  • Journalist
  • Publisher.

Industry links

You’ll have chances to work with the Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre and London-based literary agency Johnson & Alcock – which judges our annual novel writing contest. Cheltenham is also home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival, which welcomes writers, journalists, philosophers and historians from around the globe. You can also join our Creative Writing society, take part in literature-themed social events, and showcase your work at friendly and vibrant open mic nights.

Our creative writing courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2020.

Showcase your work

There are plenty of opportunities to showcase your work. You can read your work at open mic nights, submit to our novel writing contest and see your plays performed by professional actors.

Student reading their writing at an open mic night

Collaborate with professionals

On our dramatic writing modules you can work with Cheltenham’s renowned Everyman Theatre. You’ll develop your play with the artistic director, a playwright and resident actors – leading to a staged reading open to your peers, tutors and the public.

Students reading scripts in a theatre

Get your work published

The course offers a range of publishing opportunities such as our annual student paperwork anthology, The New Writing Series.

Student reading student creative writing magazine
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Creative Writing - Student Voice - NSS 2020

Our Creative Writing courses rank in the top 25% in the UK for student voice according to the National Student Survey 2020.

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Creative Writing - Graduate Prospects - The Times GUG 2021

Our Creative Writing courses rank 13th in the UK for graduate prospects, according to The Times Good University Guide 2021.

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