I signed a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan in Great Britain and Putnam (Random House Penguin) in the USA. Without the experience of studying at Christ Church this wouldn’t have been possible.


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A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

We put employability right at the heart of this degree. All our tutors have recent industry experience.

They’ll teach you the essential skills for good writing: control of language, precision, imagination and a deep understanding of the context in which you write.

During the course you’ll dive into creative forms such as fiction, poetry, drama and game narratives. You’ll gain confidence as you explore the wide range of job options open to professionally trained writers.

Why Study Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year?

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 newspapers, magazines and broadcast media. You will also learn about marketing techniques, so that you can present your best face to employers and the publishing industry.

The Guardian University League Tables 2022

6th in the UK for student satisfaction for the quality of feedback and assessment in the subject area of Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

More information about entry requirements.

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All about the course

The foundation year is designed to help you develop self-confidence, knowledge and skills in a highly supportive environment, so you are prepared to study at degree level. You'll learn about arts and humanities and will begin to understand research methods and skills that are needed as you progress through the degree.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical workshops and will typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week, as well as the opportunity to meet with module tutors and personal academic tutors for tailored advice outside scheduled seminar time.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

For the Independent Study module in Year 3, you will undertake independent research working under the supervision of a member of the course team, who you'll meet with regularly.

Your overall workload typically consists of between 9 and 12 contact hours each week. In addition, you will undertake 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and there will also be field trips.

For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

The teaching team includes highly qualified writer academics (who publish across both creative and academic fields) and industry professionals.

All tutors have up to date expertise in specific areas and this is reflected in their teaching.

You should note members of the teaching team might change from year-to-year to accommodate people’s professional and creative practice outside the University.

Work with professional writers and discover new forms - we will prepare you for the career you may not have thought of yet!

Carolyn OultonCreative Professional Writing Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

The degree is assessed by means of a portfolio of coursework, divided between creative and critical work. Many of the papers also feature practical assessments, such as editing tasks or marketing plans.

The course includes regular workshops in which students are encouraged to submit their work for peer review, and learn to use feedback from tutors and other students as a vital tool in the process of revision and editing. Coursework might typically include critical assignments or self-reflective pieces combined with a creative portfolio based on a range of work written and developed through the semester.

There will be a one to one feedback tutorial for each module, enabling students to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop their skills in consultation with tutors.

The course is 100% assessed by coursework and there are no exams.

You will receive feedback on all assessments undertaken by coursework, and feedback on examinations is available on request from module leaders. In addition to written feedback supplied for all assessments undertaken by coursework, you may also take advantage of the opportunity to discuss your work with your module tutor. We will normally provide you with feedback within 15 working days of submission for coursework assignments.


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Your future career

The course aims to develop a range of skills that will prepare students for employment as writers in a variety of roles: journalism, advertising, publishing, and marketing. However, the Creative and Professional Writing degree also opens up opportunities to work in a variety of administrative or managerial settings, as well as in public sector roles such as teaching. 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.

Studying at Christ Church has made a massive impact on where I am now. 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.

MontanaMarketing Executive


The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK** Overseas***
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

* The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 relate to 2022/23 only. Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

**Home (UK) Fees

The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

Regulated by the Office for Students

The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

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