Creative Writing (BA Hons)

Creative Writing

BA (Hons)

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Put your passion into words and find the style that will last you a lifetime.

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Unique opportunities

Amazing experiences to develop your narrative.

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Graduate as a published author - 'Duet', written by our students, was recently launched at Waterstone's.

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Showcase your work at open mic nights, or have it performed at the Everyman Theatre.

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Immerse yourself in the Cheltenham Literature Festival, which attracts writers and thinkers from all over the world.

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Learn from published writers

Angela France, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Dr Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Angela France has published four poetry books; Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013), and The Hill (2017). She has particular interests in the difficulties and opportunities of writing in the first person, the critical reception of women's versus men's writing, and writing about place.

She is currently researching the critical response to women's poetry, and the bias in published reviews of women's work compared to reviews of men's writing. She is also examining the local history of civil disobedience and how it can be used in contemporary poetry to explore notions of place and ownership.

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Course details

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Course outline

Be mentored by professional authors who will help you find your creative voice. 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.

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

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.

In your first year you’ll explore the fundamentals of prose, poetry and dramatic writing, before pursuing your chosen strand, or strands if you’re keen to combine a mix of creative areas. It offers a fulfilling experience for those serious about learning the writer’s craft and pursuing a career in the creative industries.

You’ll benefit from industry links 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 that attracts writers, journalists, philosophers and historians from around the globe.

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. This includes Professor Nigel McLoughlin, twice shortlisted for the Hennessey Award. There are plenty of opportunities to showcase your work. Students read at open mic nights, see their plays performed by professional actors, and submit to our novel writing contest.

The professional focus of your final year will prepare you for your career in the creative industries. You’ll meet with established authors, agents, and editors, and learn about the publishing industry including composing your writer’s biography and learning how to submit your work to relevant magazines and markets.

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Study style

We’re a close-knit creative writing community and our students benefit from a high level of support from each other and staff. 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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Poetry Masterclass' to 'Writing the Novel'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Industry links

Work with Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre, Johnson & Alcock, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can join the Creative Writing society, take part in literature-themed social events, and showcase your work at friendly and vibrant open mic nights.


  • 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

Study mode



3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2021 entry

96 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

CCC at A levels, BTEC MMM or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS Codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeW800
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageW801

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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