University of East London

BA (Hons) Creative Writing for Screen

BA (Hons) Creative Writing (Screen) is about writing for and about screen-based entertainment. The course covers a wide variety of creative writing centred on screen media. This includes scriptwriting for film, television and the web.

In addition, crucially, it also covers film and television criticism, as well as thinking and writing academically about media, within the discipline known as 'screenwriting studies'.

By Level 6, you will have discovered your own area of interest and will complete a dissertation/major project in their specific form. In all areas of specialisation, the emphasis is on gaining understanding and producing work that leads to employability in the UK media industry and related fields. 

Entry Requirements


 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.

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.

Year 1

Storytelling Craft: Structure & Character
Documentary 1: Documentary and Representation (Creative Writing)
History of Film & Television
Film and Television Criticism
Writing Short Online Drama
Professional life: Mental Wealth - Agency 1

Year 2

Mental Wealth: Professional Life 2
Factual Writing 2: Copywriting and Social Media
History of Screenwriting
Script Development
Long Form and Hybrid Narratives

Optional Placement Year

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3

The ‘One-Off’ Drama
Book-to-screen Adaptation
Major Project
Film & Television Scholarship
Professional Life 3 (Mental Wealth)

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