BA (Hons) Creative Writing

BA (Hons) Creative Writing

We believe that good writing always comes from good reading. Our teaching emphasises the importance of engaging with the wider world of literature in order to develop your own style. You will study varied and fascinating writing from the past, as well as learning from contemporary writers. You will learn to read and analyse texts to develop your understanding of creative processes and apply this to your own writing.

When you study Creative Writing at York St John University you will become part of the York Centre for Writing. This is a lively, friendly community of writers which acts as a hub for producing innovative new work in the city. We have strong links with the wider literary community and publishing industry. This means you will have opportunities to enhance your learning through regular visits from industry professionals and innovators, including agents, publishers and literary activists.

Our involvement in the annual York Literature Festival gives you the chance to learn directly from popular and internationally-acclaimed writers. There are also plenty of events, performances and publications which you can get involved with throughout the year.

The skills you develop through a degree in Creative writing matter in the workplace as much as on the page. Central to your learning are transferable skills such as:

  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Reflection
  • Analysis
  • Collaboration

Through our Working with Words: Publishing and Performance module you will gain real professional experience. This could include literary event organisation, as well as the production, editing, marketing, and launch of our annual student anthology, Beyond the Walls.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

A degree in Creative Writing can help you achieve your dreams of becoming a professional writer, but the skills you learn on this course will also be relevant to many other professions. As you explore your creativity you will also build transferrable skills in analysis, communication, team working and presentation.

This degree could be the first step toward your career as a:

  • Writer
  • Copywriter
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Teacher
  • Publisher

Course Details

Year 1

Forms of Narrative
Introduction to Creative Writing
Writing to Order
Creative Research for Creative Writing
Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Introduction to Literary Studies 2

Year 2

Working with words: Publishing and Performance
Writing Fiction
Writing Reality: Creative Nonfiction
Writing Poetry
Science Fiction for Survival

Year 3

Creative Writing Dissertation Project
Writing Genres
Contemporary Writing 1: Innovation and Experimentation
Contemporary Writing 2: Literary and Publishing Culture Now
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Writing the Caribbean
Gender and Sexualities

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