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Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons)

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UCAS code



3 years

UCAS points

112 - 96

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Tell stories that matter to you with our vibrant Creative and Professional Writing degree

Explore yourself and your imagination with our hands-on Creative and Professional Writing degree. You will fine-tune your craft, work collaboratively, and learn how to write and edit in an encouraging seminar and workshop environment.

You will focus on contemporary writers and writing to understand the latest developments in the literary and social media worlds. You will cover:

  • the ins-and-outs of the publishing business
  • writing young adult and children’s fiction
  • how to write a book proposal
  • writing song lyrics
  • how to write short fiction
  • screenwriting and the film industry
  • journalism and interviewing skills.

You decide what you write about – follow your own passion for words. We welcome and encourage you no matter your background, interests, style, or genre. 

Learn in the capital

We are only 30 minutes from central London. Therefore, you’ll have access to the capital’s diverse literature scene and world-renowned libraries. You can visit places like:

You'll also get a trip to the London Book Fair, where you'll be able to meet people in the industry and learn more about upcoming trends.

Expert teaching and support

Our BA Creative and Professional Writing lecturers are:

  • fantasy and genre writing specialists
  • experts on popular music
  • young adult novelists
  • professional journalists
  • working scriptwriters.

This team supports your personal, professional, and academic growth from the day you arrive.

Our student, Jenny, notes how she "gets to be in an environment that helps [her] develop as a writer as well as meeting new people who enjoy stories and writing as much as [she does]." Read Jenny's full story.

Creative and Professional Writing teaching staff includes:

Dr Anthony McGowan renowned author of more than 40 children’s and young adult books. His novel Lark won the Carnegie Medal for Writing, one of the most prestigious awards for children’s fiction in the world.

Dr Russell Schechter, Course Leader for Creative Writing and a World Fantasy Award-nominated novelist. He has been awarded the title of St Mary’s University Champion of Student Experience by a vote of students.


Dr Russell Schechter

Senior Lecturer and Course Lead - BA Creative & Professional Writing and MA Creative Writing

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Course content


At St Mary's University we promote an interdisciplinary approach to the Humanities and this is an important and unique part of our offer.

Unlike other Humanities degrees, if your choose to study Creative and Professional Writing at St Mary's you can expand your knowledge by exploring modules across English, History, Liberal Arts, Theology, Film and Politics.

Please note: it is possible that a module listed on the website will not be able to run due to reasons beyond our control. For more information please refer to our course information disclaimer.

Entry requirements

96 UCAS points should include at least two B grades at A Level (or equivalent).

We will make you an offer if you are within the tariff band range and you meet subject-specific requirements (where applicable).

For undergraduate programmes we will take into account subjects studied at Level 3, your GCSEs (or equivalent) profile, relevant non-academic achievements outlined in your personal statement, references, and your motivation for study.

112 - 96

UCAS points

International requirements

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any section (or equivalent).

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Create your UCAS personal statement through our online builder and we'll email you a copy of your completed version at the end.

Further Information

For more information about entry requirements please email

How many UCAS points my grades are worth

A levels

  • A*

    56 pts

  • A

    48 pts

  • B

    40 pts

  • C

    32 pts

  • D

    24 pts

  • E

    16 pts

My qualification isn't listed:

If you can't find your qualification in this list please check the full list of UCAS tariff tables.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees





*Please note: these fees are annual and may increase in line with inflation each year subject to the Government's review of Higher Education Funding.

Information about tuition fees, student loans, and funding your studies can be found within our fees and funding section.

Additional costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your programme.

Additional costs could be incurred depending on optional modules chosen and other projects undertaken.

For further information about additional costs please see our additional costs webpage


Find out more about our range of scholarships and bursaries available to undergraduate students .

Living costs

A guide to your living costs has been created by our Student Funding Team.

Accommodation costs vary depending on whether you opt for an en suite room and on-site catering. Take a look at our accommodation options and the prices you can expect to pay.

How the degree is taught

Contact time - 18%

Independent study - 82%

Teaching methods

You'll be taught on our beautiful and historic campus located in Twickenham, London.

The Creative and Professional Writing programme is taught by means of lectures, seminars, workshops and individual tutorials. Enthusiastic student participation is essential to success in the programme.

Students are encouraged to start creative writing at a very early stage in the course and to regularly share their work with colleagues. There are opportunities for collaborative projects and developing skills in constructive criticism of creative work. 

Class sizes range from 15 to 35 students, depending on the module.

Assessment methods

With no exams, the programme - by its very nature - places a premium on practical exercises, coursework and projects, so skills will be assessed by a diverse range of methods. 

Modules are assessed on the basis of creative writing portfolios, course workbooks and presentations. Attendance and active participation in writing workshops is an essential aspect of assessment for some modules. All assessment is coursework based, with no examinations.

In the final year of the programme it's possible for you to be assessed in large part on lengthier-scale projects. These will be produced within the framework of a special study or portfolio, under the close supervision of a specialist tutor.


We adhere to the university’s policy of providing feedback on assessments within 15 working days.

Career opportunities

Our Creative and Professional Writing degree will help you develop key transferrable skills like communication, confidence, and attention to detail.

Contact our Career Services at for further information on work and postgraduate opportunities.

Some examples of job roles and areas of work for graduates of Creative and Professional Writing BA (Hons) include:

creative writingpublishingjournalismadvertisingeditingscriptwritingteaching

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