BA single honours or in combination with another subject Creative and Professional Writing 2017/18

Year of entry

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 magazines, advertising and business copywriting, for example. 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 business of writing. Sessions are based on workshops, seminars, lectures and tutorials, with presentations and discussions stemming directly from students’ own work. The course is assessed solely on coursework, with no exams. 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, non-fiction (including journalism and memoir), and drama for the stage and screen. You are encouraged to apply these forms of writing to a range of contexts, for example by exploring the effects of genre, engaging with experimental writing or considering the impact of a sense of place in texts. 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 feel native in the online world, and we include topics such as social media use, creating writers’ websites and combining your writing with images.

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 Programme Director

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 writing prose fiction, drama, poetry and non-fiction, and vital skills such as editing, self-marketing and styling your prose. In addition to this, you will be able to choose from a range of optional modules, on subjects such as writing for children, tackling genres such as fantasy, sci-fi and horror, writing ‘digificiton’ for computer games, or screenwriting. 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

In the first year you lay down the foundations for good writing through six core modules:

  • Poetry, Drama and Fiction 1 and 2
  • Non-Fiction and Commercial Forms 1 and 2
  • Contemporary Style
  • Contextual Studies.

In years two and three, you will study core modules in Professional Practice, which will help you to explore and experience the many careers open to writers. You will also develop your creative and commercial skills through a range of optional modules. These include:

  • 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

"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

The Combined Honours course allows you to combine your interest in creative writing with a complementary subject (which might include: English, Media, Language and Communication or Drama).

If you choose this pathway you will study introductory modules in Poetry, Drama and Fiction, and Non-Fiction and Commercial Forms in year one.

In years two and three, you are able to choose the balance between Creative Writing and your combined subject. You will take core modules in Professional Practice, which will help you to explore and experience the many careers open to writers. You will also choose one, two or three optional modules, depending on the balance between your subjects. These include:

  • 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

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.

Students may also take optional modules such as Writing in Education and Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage, which encourage them to undertake workplace-based learning with the support of a tutor.

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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.

Core (compulsory) modules

Year 1

Poetry, Fiction, Drama and Non-Fiction 1 and 2

Across both semesters, you will analyse the styles and techniques of some of the most exciting writers of the various disciplines, both classic and contemporary. 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.

Non-Fiction and Commercial Forms 1 and 2

These two modules encourage you to understand the craft of writing factual prose, from articles aimed at newspapers, magazines and the web, to persuasive copy for advertising, marketing and business documents. We will also look at the creative possibilities of non-fiction prose, in areas such as science writing and memoir.

Contextual Studies

This module takes a look at the big ideas that have informed literature over the last century, and supports you to think about the ways that they can inform your own writing, too.

Contemporary Style

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.

Year 2

Professional Practice 1

In this module, we will explore the many different jobs that writers can do, including working in advertising, marketing, PR and the publishing industry, and pitching articles for magazines and the web. All students are supported to undertake work experience as part of this module.

Year 3

Professional Practice 2

Building on Professional Practice 1, students will use their time in this module to move towards those looming job applications! Skills covered will include writing CVs and covering letters, undertaking interviews, and building a reflective portfolio of the work experience you have developed so far.

Individual Study

This module offers you the chance to develop your personal interests in the form of an 8,000-word submission which will be either be critical/analytical or creative; it’s up to you. A personal tutor will work with you to guide and refine your work.

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 up-to-date as possible, and that they reflect the expertise of our staff; therefore the list below is subject to change.


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

In an online world, writers increasingly need to be a master of the visual as well as the verbal. This module will develop your design skills, using Photoshop to create book covers, websites and page layouts to enhance your writing.

Experiments in Writing

We often assume that writing can be categorised into one type or other. This module sets out to challenge that assumption by looking at work that tries to upset our expectations: history told in different time frames; fiction that uses poetry and prose; novels and autobiographies in verse... you take it from there.

Place and Space

This module will help you develop a sense of place in your own writing, and to explore concepts such as time, movement and change.


You will take 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

Focusing on a hugely popular cluster of genres, this module will teach you how to find your way through this vibrant publishing market, and will hone the central writing techniques for writing fantasy, sci-fi and horror.


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

Writing 80,000 words of prose can be daunting. This module looks at the writing skills that are crucial for this longest form, such as sustaining characters over the course of a book, and crafting satisfying narrative arcs.

Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage

For students planning to work in the arts, culture and heritage sectors – or those who are simply curious – this module will support you to learn about the different career routes open to you, and to undertake a professional project in one of these environments.

Writing for Children and Young Adults

Books for children 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 non-fiction for live performance, radio and podcasts.

Writing from Life

From biographies of great lives to celebrity memoirs; from literary accounts of the self to over-sharing 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

The ability to run a workshop is a very useful skill, and a key way in which many authors make their living. This module shows you how to plan, resource and deliver a learning session in a variety of contexts, and will challenge you to run a workshop in a real-life environment. A great module for anyone planning to teach after they graduate.

The course aims to develop a range of skills that will prepare students for employment as writers in a variety of roles, including journalism, advertising, publishing, teaching and marketing. Our core modules in Professional Practice ensure that all students develop an understanding of the opportunities out there, as well as a key set of skills to present themselves to future employers. In addition, you take module options such as Working in Arts, Culture and Heritage and Writing in Education, which help you to develop specific career interests.

The Creative and Professional Writing degree also opens up supported opportunities for work experience in the second and third years, with all students creating a reflective portfolio of workplace learning. 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.”


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

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

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

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

Students will experience a wide variety of learning opportunities, including seminars, writing workshops, lectures, individual tutorials, group discussions and supported project learning, and this varies according to the demands of each module. Your study is supported by our excellent library facilities, our Virtual Learning Environment, Blackboard, and newly-developed 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.

All of our assessments are based on coursework, with no exams. Assignment tasks include pieces of creative writing, reflective journals, critical reflections, project reports, essays and presentations.

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.

BA (Hons) Creative and Professional Writing with Arts and Humanities Foundation Year

This course can also be studied over four years with an additional foundation year (Year 0) for those without the formal entry qualifications. The foundation year is designed to provide you with the grounding you need to progress on to the degree. Find out more.


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UCAS code

  • W800 Creative and Professional Writing
  • W803 Creative and Professional Writing with Arts and Humanities Foundation

Institutional code

  • C10


  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time


  • September 2017

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