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BA single honours Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year 2018/19

Year of entry

Apply from September 2017. Come to an Open Day

A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • exploring writing jobs, such as advertising, publishing and teaching
  • writing for different media including radio, magazines and blogs

Creative Writing students gave a rating of 100% for teaching quality

National Student Survey 2016

If you love words and want to work with them, this is the course for you. We will help you to develop your own creative practice and distinctive voice, and in addition you will study commercial writing – in newspapers and magazines, broadcast media, and business copywriting. You will also learn about marketing techniques, so that you can present your best face to employers and the publishing industry.

Writing in a variety of styles, voices, and genres, you will hone your skills and explore the rich world of writing, tutored by professional writers with a deep knowledge of their craft and valuable experience of the writing industry. Sessions are largely workshop­based, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from students’ own work. We believe that what makes us truly special is our small, friendly team, which lets us get to know our students as individuals.

During your Creative and Professional Writing course, you will learn the skills and techniques required to write poetry, prose fiction, non­fiction (including journalism and memoir), and drama for the stage and screen. There are opportunities to publish your work in magazines and anthologies, and to perform at group readings. We understand that it is vital for writers to understand the online world, and we include topics such as social media use and digital design.

Great writers are great readers, and the CPW course is underpinned by a thorough grounding in the literature and ideas that have shaped the contemporary writing scene. In addition to discussing texts in class, you can also attend a range of author talks and readings, offering you that crucial contact with inspiring writers and other industry professionals who can help to shape your career plans.

We understand that your degree is an investment in your future, and so we take the ‘professional’ part of the course seriously, offering focused learning on topics such as marketing, copywriting and editing, as well as considering the wider opportunities open to our graduates, such as careers in business, the arts or publishing. As a CPW student, you will be eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of your degree, and we also offer tailored work experience placements in a range of different settings. Our system of personal tutors means that we can support you in whatever choices you make.

In the CPW degree at Christ Church, you will find a community of writers who are passionate about their craft, and actively taking part in their industry. We can help to take your writing from a private passion to a viable career.

“The best thing about teaching on the CPW degree is getting to know our students. Each one brings different perspectives, passions and experiences. Our job is to nurture that uniqueness, while adding polish and professionalism.”

Katherine May Subject Lead

Students on this programme are also eligible to apply to study for a year in North America as part of their degree.

Creative and Professional Writing at Canterbury Christ Church University offers you a thorough grounding in the key elements of a writer’s toolkit, such as the differing demands of writing prose fiction, drama, poetry and non­ fiction, and vital skills such as editing, self-marketing and contemporary English usage. In addition to this, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules, on subjects such as writing for children and young people, writing for film, radio or TV, and writing experimentally across genres or online. You will also carry out an independent study in your final year, which will allow you to pursue an area of interest in depth.

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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Single honours

Year 1 is designed to prepare you for the study of Creative and Professional Writing at university level. The curriculum therefore includes introductory modules in creative forms (poetry, drama and fiction), and professional and non-fiction writing. You will also study the best practice in correct English usage in Contemporary Style, and take a Contextual Studies module, which enables them to explore some of the key literary and theoretical movements that inform contemporary writing.

In Year 2 you will take one core 20-credit module in Professional Practice, in which you will encounter a range of professional applications of the writer’s craft, and will undertake work experience. You will then select 5 optional 20-credit modules from the list below.

Module options (all 20 credits):

  • Digifiction
  • Digital Design
  • Experiments in Writing
  • Place and Space
  • Playwriting
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Screenwriting
  • The Novel
  • Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Writing for the Spoken Word
  • Writing from Life
  • Writing in Education
  • Digital Design

In Year 3 you will continue to explore the possibilities of Professional Practice in preparation for the workplace, in this 20-credit core module. You will also write an 8,000 word (40-credit) Final Year Independent Study, supported by a tutor, on a creative or academic subject of your choice. Your remaining 3 modules are chosen from the list above.

"Before I started the CPW degree, I was an enthusiastic amateur; now, I feel like a professional. I've moved on to the MA, I've had several pieces published, and I even have my own website, and it was the CPW degree that gave me the knowledge and tools to bridge that gap."

Penelope de St. Paër-Gotch CPW graduate

Combined honours

Year 1 is designed to prepare you for the study of Creative and Professional Writing at university level. The curriculum therefore includes introductory modules in creative forms (poetry, drama and fiction), and professional and non-fiction writing. You will also study the best practice in correct English usage in Contemporary Style.

In Year 2 you will take one core 20-credit module in Professional Practice, in which you will encounter a range of professional applications of the writer’s craft, and will undertake work experience. You will then select 1, 2 or 3 optional modules, building a total of 120 credits between this programme and your combined subject. 

Module options (all 20 credits):

  • Digifiction
  • Digital Design
  • Experiments in Writing
  • Place and Space
  • Playwriting
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Screenwriting
  • The Novel
  • Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Writing for the Spoken Word
  • Writing from Life
  • Writing in Education
  • Digital Design

In Year 3 you will continue to explore the possibilities of Professional Practice in preparation for the workplace, in this 20-credit core module. You will then select additional optional modules from the list above, building a total of 120 credits between this programme and your other subject. You can opt to write an 8,000 word (40-credit) Final Year Independent Study, supported by a tutor, on a creative or academic subject of your choice.

CPW students start as they mean to go on, by creating an anthology of their writing in fresher’s week.

Work experience

All second year students are supported to find and undertake a work experience placement. Previous students have worked with local businesses to create marketing plans and advertising copy, and several have worked with Margate’s GEEK festival of computer games.

Other information

Our team runs a series of readings, talks, trips and publications to ensure that students get a rich experience of the literary and cultural world.

Foundation Year Zero

Students on all of the  Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year courses will undertake 80 credits of generic core modules introducing them to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills, namely:

  • Academic Writing and Study Skills
  • Personal and Career Development
  • Understanding Arts and Humanities
  • Being Human: an Introduction to the Humanities

In addition you will be offered two 20 credit optional modules, one to be studied in each semester. The full list of optional modules is as follows and you will be placed onto the modules which most effectively complement your degree pathway choice and, where applicable, your study interests:

  • Dangerous Ideas
  • Foundation English Language and Communication
  • Foundation English Literature
  • Foundation Media and Communications
  • Analysing British Cinema
  • Historical Foundations
  • America and the World (subject to validation)
  • Music and Performing Arts in Context
  • The Languages and Theory of Music

Optional Modules associated with Degree Pathway in Semester 1 (S1) and Semester 2 (S2)

  • Foundation English Literature S1
  • Dangerous Ideas S2
  • Analysing British Cinema S2

Core modules

Year 1

Poetry, Drama and Fiction, Non-Fiction and Commercial Writing

In these modules, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary, creative and commercial. The emphasis, however, is always on the development of your own work, drawing on that of others who have gone before you: you’ll learn from their strengths and weaknesses, and discover for yourself how to craft your own work in these fields.

Contemporary English Usage

You’ll take our language to pieces in this module, and then you learn how to put it back together with complete control of its mechanisms and an understanding of the different purposes those mechanics can serve, and their influence on style and vocabulary.

Contextual Studies

This module will help to build a deep background understanding of the ideas that shape contemporary writing: from social and political movements such as feminism and post-colonialism, to theoretical approaches such as postmodernism. This will help you to develop the critical aspects of your coursework, and enrich your creative writing.

Years 2 and 3

Professional Practice

In both Years 2 and 3 you will take a core module in Professional Practice, which will help you to understand the wide range of careers available to you, and will develop your skills in key areas such as editing, marketing and writing in the media.

Final Year Independent Study

This is module compulsory for Single Honours students, and optional for Combined Honours students. It allows you to create a piece of extended writing of your choice – whether it’s the first chapters of a novel, a piece of drama, a collection of short stories or poetry, a digital project, or a critical essay. You will be supported in one-to-one sessions by a tutor chosen for their experience in your area of study.

We continually revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Likely optional modules

You will be able to choose from a range of exciting modules in years two and three. We strive to ensure that these are as up­to­date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.

Digifiction

This module explores a new and burgeoning market for writers. You will learn the tools and techniques for writing fiction in the digital world and study the theory that underpins this practice.

Digital Design

You will explore the techniques and principles of good design, ready to present your work online or in print.

Experiments in Writing

This module looks at ways of writing that confound expectations: alternative histories, fiction that merges poetry and prose, or autobiographies told in verse. The aim is to encourage you to take risks in your writing, and explore the edges of your practice.

Place and Space

This module will help you to develop a strong sense of place in your writing, and to explore the Kent landscape through writers such as Dickens and H.G. Wells.

Playwriting

A deep dive into the craft of playwriting, in which you will write your own scripts, learn about the particular demands of the theatre, and analyse excellent dramatic texts to enrich your own writing.

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

For lovers of speculative fiction, this module invites you into an exploration of these genres, supporting you to understand the demands of this market and to polish your own writing in this area.

Screenwriting

This module examines the business of writing for film and television, and takes you through the where, when, who, what, why and how of the craft. You’ll invent, draft, edit and revise your work to broadcast quality.

The Novel

For students who feel ready to tackle a full-length book, this module develops the necessary skills, such as handling plot, structure and character development.

Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage

This employment-focused module explores a key area of employment for Arts graduates – the roles found in our museums, galleries, arts centres and heritage organisations.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Books for children (fiction, non­fiction, picture books, poetry and drama) are a hugely important and profitable segment of the publishing industry. This module invites you to immerse yourself in the best examples of work for this age group, and to explore the stellar rise of young adult fiction, too.

Writing for the Spoken Word

Writing for the Spoken Word introduces an important market for writers, offering opportunities to write drama, comedy and non­fiction. You will learn how radio programmes are commissioned and produced, and write your own piece of radio drama.

Writing from Life

From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to over­sharing on Twitter – we love to tell and hear life stories. This module looks at some inspiring examples of this form, and helps you to approach writing from your own life, too.

Writing in Education

Many creative writers wish to pursue a career in education, either as a teacher or a workshop leader. This module helps you to develop the skills to plan, manage and evaluate your own classes and courses.

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Life writing

The course aims to develop a range of skills that will prepare students for employment as writers in a variety of roles, journalism, advertising, publishing, and marketing. However, the Creative and Professional Writing degree also opens up opportunities to work in a variety of administrative or managerial settings, as well as in public sector roles such as teaching. For entrepreneurial students, we teach essential skills for working freelance or running a small business. This course also provides a great foundation for further study towards a professional qualification, for example in journalism, business or marketing.

Just a month after finishing her degree, Montana Hoeren gained a graduate post as a PR and Marketing Assistant; a year later, she took the next step and became a Marketing Executive.

“Studying at Christ Church has made a massive impact on where I am now,” says Montana.

“I’m forever grateful for the opportunity I had to study at CCCU, and even more so for having a great bunch of lecturers who helped me gain my degree.”

Tuition Fees for 2018/19 have not yet been finalised - please read the 2018/19 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2018/19 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

Fees

The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time £9,250* £11,000**
Study Year in North America £1,385  (Additional costs apply for studying in North America) N/A
Part-time £4,625 N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

*Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2017/18 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,165 in Year 0.

**Tuition Fee Scholarship discounts of £1,500 are available to eligible overseas students. Visit the International webpages for further information.

Please read the 2017/18 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2017/18 tuition fees and year on year fee increases

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Lecturers may offer occasional, optional trips to, for example, film screenings or exhibitions. These are generally within Kent and students are asked to cover the cost of their own travel and entry if applicable.
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements Students undertake a work experience placement in their second year, usually in Kent, and need to cover their own travel costs to this.
Text books We make every effort to provide electronic or library copies of learning materials. However, some students prefer to purchase their own copies of key text, but it is emphasised that this is optional.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) Yes, if the trip contributes to the course (whether it is part of an optional or compulsory module), but not including food and drink. Yes, if the trip is not an essential part of the course but is offered as an enhancement or enrichment activity, or for a student’s personal development.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Composition of the course

Single Honours

The CPW degree consists of 6 core modules in year one, which provide a broad foundation to good writing practice. In years two and three, you will take compulsory modules in Professional Practice and will undertake a self-guided Final Year Independent Study. You will also be able to choose eight optional modules across years two and three, allowing you to specialise in an area of creative practice important to you, or to focus on employment skills. 

Combined Honours

In year one, you will take two core modules in creative forms and professional writing. You will also select an optional module in either Contemporary Style or Contextual Studies. In years two and three, you will take compulsory modules in Professional Practice and will also be able to choose optional modules to make up your remaining credits, allowing you to specialise in an area of creative practice important to you, or to focus on employment skills.

The academic direction of the modules can take the form of seminars, writing workshops, lectures, individual tutorials or group discussions, and this varies according to the demands of each subject. Your Independent Study is supported by our excellent library facilities, our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, and newly­developed study spaces in the School of Humanities buildings, Thorne and Fynden.

Academic input

Our lecturers are chosen for their expertise in their chosen form; you will be taught by published poets, novelists, journalists and writers of non-fiction, as well as experienced industry professionals for employment-focused modules.

The degree is assessed by means of a portfolio of coursework, divided between creative and critical work. Many of the papers also feature practical assessments, such as editing tasks or marketing plans.

We work with a range of industry partners to find work experience placements, and to arrange talks and learning opportunities that bring our students in contact with current thinking and practice.

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UCAS code

  • W803 Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year

Institutional code

  • C10

Length

  • 4 years full-time

Starts

  • September 2018

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

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