BA (Hons) Creative Writing


Level 1 (HE4) Level 2 (HE5) Level 3 (HE6)
Writing Skills Life Writing Retrospect and Prospect
Art of Poetry Moving on with Scripwriting Independent Project
Scriptwriting Poetry – Form and Experience
Writing for Children
Writing Short Fiction
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  Our BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree handbook supports you in finding your own voice as a writer and becoming an effective writing practitioner. The programme will allow you to gain experience of writing in a variety of literary forms including life writing, poetry, script writing, short fiction and writing for children, as well as developing your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of writing. This degree programme encourages you to:

  • read widely and deeply in many different genres
  • develop your writing skills across a range of literary forms
  • critically explore relevant texts and writers
  • understand the processes of writing that lie behind work met with on the published page
  • grasp some of the practicalities involved in preparing and placing work for publication
  • widen your knowledge and understanding of the art/craft of writing
  • become confident, critical and well informed readers
  • fulfil your own creative potential as writers.

The creative writing degree programme is flexible so you can tailor your programme of study to fit with your writing experience, whether you are a novice – this may be your first serious foray into creative writing – or already have a portfolio of published work behind you. Whatever you bring with you to your degree, studying through OCA will provide a structured and supportive context within which you may foster your formation as a writer and gain educational validation for your work if you choose. The aims of the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree are to:

  1. Widen access to education in creative writing at undergraduate level through Open and Flexible Learning
  2. Ensure you gain an experience of writing in a variety of literary forms and genres as a craft and as a tool for exploring our environment and experience
  3. Provide an intellectually stimulating programme of study based on high quality study material delivered by experienced academics and practitioners
  4. Develop your creative capacities and your ability in interpretation and application
  5. Develop your critical understanding of the theoretical and conceptual issues central to the practice of writing and the social, historical and cultural context in which it is practised
  6. Provide an environment in which you have the possibility of changing your view of the world and your interaction with it
  7. Develop effective writing practitioners who display self-awareness, analytical and communicative skills, and a high degree of reflection
  8. To develop autonomous learners capable of applying intellectual and practical skills in a chosen area of written communications appropriate to employment, further study, or life-long learning

Career choices

Students studying creative writing for personal development may choose to study with OCA to support them in working on a novel, collection of short stories,memoir or script they have already begun. Others may be aiming to fulfil an ambition to become a novelist, playwright, scriptwriter or poet. A creative writing degree is also a route in to feature writing for newspapers and magazines, and to non-fiction work such as education books and biographies. The advertising, PR and marketing industries provide employment opportunities for writers, and creative writing and editing skills are essential for web editors. Other options include screen-writing for feature films, TV comedy, drama and children’s programmes. Community arts workers help plan and organise arts activities including creative writing.

Studying with the OCA

With our open learning approach, the OCA provides a real alternative to traditional campus based learning. Our inspiring course materials enable you to work at your own pace, in your own time, and whenever you choose to study. We have a thriving community of students all following their passion and achieving at the highest levels, supported by tutors who are experienced teachers and practising writers. As you work towards your creative writing degree, your work will be assessed against a set of criteria by our accrediting university the UCA, one of Europe’s largest specialist universities for art, design, architecture, media and communication. This enables you to gain HE credits towards your degree and is based on an examination of your course portfolio rather than a formal exam. Click here to find out more about studying with the OCA.


The flexibility of the OCA means you can complete your degree to suit you, taking anything from three to 12 years. The full creative writing degree programme must be completed in 12 years.

Interested in this degree?

With our flexible open learning approach you enrol on one course or one level at a time as you study towards your degree. The creative writing degree pathway sets out the options for you to study, allowing you to tailor what you study as your interests develop.

Choose your first course now

Download the degree handbook BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree handbook for details of all the courses available within this degree.  You can also browse all available degree courses from the Subjects tab at the top of the website. For a quick overview of the degree download the BA (Hons) Creative Writing degree pathway diagram. Guide to OCA booklet

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