University of East London

BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing

Prepare to enter a world without limits, where the power of words and the potential of your imagination combine. 

There has never been a more exciting time to be a writer. The internet has changed the world, increasing the scope for writers and their work. Our course recognises and embraces these opportunities. At UEL, we're building a community of writers and artists with something to say about themselves, and about the world. 

Our unique programme invites you to experiment and dare to challenge traditional ways of looking at 'genre' in writing. We encourage you to explore multi-media approaches to your work and to experiment with poetry, prose, drama and different media. 

We'll help you find your own path as a writer. You'll be introduced to various types of writing across a range of disciplines, paving your way for employment in many different areas where your skills will be highly valued.

If you don't meet the entry requirements for a BA, you can study this course as an 'extended', four-year programme . You'll begin by taking a foundation year which prepares you for a successful transition to the BA degree. This means it will take you four years to complete the course full-time, and eight years to complete the course part-time.

Entry Requirements


Without Foundation Year

 112 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Including passes at A2 in at least two subjects, must include at least one subject in Creative Writing, English Language or English Literature
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.
With Foundation Year

 64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include pass at A2 Level in at least 1 subject, must include English Language or English Literature.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma.
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level.

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course.

Alternative GCSE qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths,
  • Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and
  • Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those with no formal qualifications

As an inclusive university, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

We're proud of the success stories which keep blossoming from our course. We even have a couple of graduates now going toe-to-toe in the battle of the soaps!

Danielle Jawando, who studied here for both her BA and MA, has recently been writing for major TV soap operas, while talented young playwright Jonny O'Neill had his first EastEnders episode screened in September 2014.

Jawando attributes much of her success to the support she received from her tutors here. "I developed the confidence to try new things and most importantly, to send my work out," she recalls.

As a result, she was shortlisted to write for Emmerdale and had a short story published while still studying at UEL. O'Neill, meanwhile, has seen his debut play, The Royal Duchess Superstore, open on the professional stage in London.

Our course can open all sorts of other workplace doors, too, because it hones and enhances so many transferable skills suitable for different professions. 

Employers want applicants with the sort of communication and writing skills you'll learn here. Our students have gone on to work in areas such as screenwriting, copywriting, teaching and journalism.

Course Details

One of the key concepts in creative writing is 'show, don't tell'. That applies to both our teaching philosophy as well as our approach to writing.  So at UEL we will show you how to become the writer you want to be.

How? By providing you during your three-year course with a programme that offers stimulating readings, group discussions, lectures and creative assignments. You’ll learn all about fiction writing, poetry, screenwriting and creative non-fiction in a dynamic progression.

"It's about getting your feet wet in year one, experimenting in year two and, in your final year, working to professional standards," says lecturer and internationally published author Tessa McWatt.

The core modules examine different contexts of writing and analyse literary forms and structures. You'll learn how to write effectively in a host of different genres.

It’s a course that allows for specialisation, too. Optional workshops include hybrid genres and screenwriting. In your final year, for your dissertation, you can develop an extended piece of creative writing which particularly interests you.

Foundation Year

Academic Development
Creative Project
Creative Writing Portfolio
Narrative and Creativity
Group Film Project
Professional Development: Mental Wealth

Year 1

Forms & Genres
Contextual Studies (Creative Writing)
Technique 1: Creative Writing
Professional life: Mental Wealth - Agency 1
Documentary 1: Documentary and Representation (Creative Writing)
Technique 2: Poetry Forms & Structures

Year 2

Long Form & Hybridity
Introduction to scriptwriting
Copywriting and Writing for Social Media
Signs and Symbols
Professional life: Mental Wealth - Agency 2
Script Development
Practice as Research/Research Methods

Year 3

Book Publishing 1: Content
Transmedia and digital futures
Book Publishing 2
Final Major Project: Realisation
Advanced Practice & Innovation: Experimental Project

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