Undergraduate BA (Hons)

Creative Writing (Multidiscipline) with Foundation Year

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology




Four year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

The exploration of any English subject area—Literature, Language, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film—will offer the means for a student to develop interesting and fulfilling careers in the twenty-first century. As a result of rapid technological change in all fields of cultural life, and particularly in the proliferation of online content, the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and research thoroughly provide essential skills in both our day-to-day lives and in our workplaces.

For that reason, this shared Foundation Year, which brings together students from English, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film, focuses on an introduction to the critical skills that you will need to engage with culture and society in the twenty-first century. The programme will provide a collaborative environment which facilitates the exploration of ideas, the interrogation of texts, and the development of a range of theoretical approaches. These practical skills will provide a firm foundation for your future study: they will help to ensure that you can progress through your chosen course with confidence.

Find out more by signing up to our upcoming Open Day. If you have any general questions, please contact Course Enquiries.  

You will:

  • Learn to read and think critically in order to meet the variable problem-solving challenges set by academic study
  • Develop skills in recognising and choosing the study tools and skills necessary to complete set tasks
  • Prepare to study on one of our BA (Hons) degree programmes

This is for you if...


You are passionate about the study of English


You read widely and have a desire to deepen your skills in critical analysis


You are creative, enthusiastic, and highly motivated

Course details

All about the course

Designed to prepare students for entry to an undergraduate programme in English, this Foundation Year will introduce you to a range of study tools and critical skills which provide the best foundation upon which to explore or create a variety of literary and cultural texts.

You will be taught within a group of students who have a shared interest in the English subject area and who will progress onto programmes in Literature, Language, Drama, Creative Writing, and Film.

Together, you will complete a series of modules which provide a range of learning experiences that help you to develop the knowledge

What exactly does studying creative writing at university involve? Any good writing course will allow you to develop your skills in the creative pillars of plot, character, and narrative. But at the University of Salford, it doesn't end there. Our unique multidiscipline degree is designed to help you skill up for the creative industries and support your writing vocation with work that pays.

The first year of your creative writing course is designed to inspire and nurture your writing talent, while introducing you to key concepts in multimedia production and multimedia journalism. Each module will give you the opportunity to deepen your knowledge of creative writing – whether that be rediscovering your passion for reading, learning how to respond to poetry, or developing yourself as a networked journalist.

Moving into the second and third year of your degree, you will shape your studies to focus on the areas of creative writing that interest you most. From comedy writing and performance to screenwriting, radio podcasting, and theatre, this is your chance to develop a strong portfolio in your chosen area.

Want to find out more? Read our course breakdown below to learn what you’ll be exploring in each module.

Foundation year

Study and Group Work Skills

This module is designed to equip a student with an appropriate set of study skills and study habits to ensure that they will be able to transition successfully to their chosen route of academic study for a university undergraduate programme.

Reading Management Skills

This module will help students to develop the reading skills necessary to undertake successfully the sophisticated reading demands of a university undergraduate programme.

Language and Communication

This module will introduce students to the academic study of language and its relationship to communication across various media. Learners will be encouraged to take an interest in texts of all types and to develop a curiosity as to language use in various contexts. A particular focus of the module will be a detailed examination of language use in speech and writing and how audience and context play central roles in the creation, comprehension and dissemination of different text types. Students will also be introduced to the concept of linguistic prescriptivism by considering the diversity of speakers' attitudes towards variety in language use; they will be enabled to place linguistic prescriptivism within its wider sociocultural context, not least its synergies with the issues of social class, discrimination and cultural diversity.

Introduction to Literary Theory

This module is designed to introduce a student to a range of literary theories which they will encounter as they explore the historical and critical contexts of literary history; it will provide a student with a range of theoretical tools which can be implemented for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and will acquaint them with the types of theoretical debates which they will encounter during an undergraduate degree in English studies.

Critical Thinking Skills

This module will help students to develop a broad range of critical thinking skills which are necessary to engage successfully with the complex intellectual tasks typically encountered in a university undergraduate programme.

Year one

Essential Reporting

This module will enable you to identify the distinctive qualities of news journalism. You will learn how to source and produce stories, providing you with fundamental editorial and technical skills such as news judgment, interviewing, accuracy, verification, writing and structuring news stories, and working to deadlines.

Multimedia Reporting

You will develop as a networked journalist by developing your own blog and exploring the multitude of digital platforms available to source and output journalistic content. You will also learn techniques of immersive storytelling.

Production Skills

The module combines both technical and creative aspects of media production as you develop a broad awareness of the range of skills required for a video drama production, including camera, lighting, editing, and sound.

Popular Fictions

You will be introduced to key concepts fundamental to the study of popular fiction, including those critical attitudes which mediate attitudes towards it. The module develops knowledge of the publishing industry and literary genres and provides a focus on crime literature spanning from Conan Doyle’s Adventures of Sherlock Holmes to The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.

The Writer's Practice

Start your writing life by exploring the creative process in a range of mediums: poetry, prose fiction, playwriting and memoir. On this year long (40 credit) module, you will be challenged to define your territory as a writer and inspired by new creative processes. In your first year at Salford, you experiment with all your talents and discover your own writing practice. 

Year two - you will choose six of the following modules

Radio Podcasting and Features

Podcast and Radio Feature Production develops and critically reflects upon the creative, technical, and production skills required to record features and short documentaries. The module builds on the student‘s existing recording and editing skills in aiming to deliver broadcast standard audio and enhances the student’s knowledge of subject and contributor research, production planning, scripting, and interviewing techniques in order to construct longer form speech based features.

Feature Writing

You will learn how to write different types of features for newspapers and magazines in various markets. By the end of this module, you will have gained practical skills in the art of feature writing as well as enhanced your ability to formulate and pitch story ideas to commissioning editors.

Theatre Industry: Critical Writing and Contemporary Debates

This module introduces you to various forms of professional writing and current debates in theatre and the arts industry today. You will review shows, write articles or blogs on current trends in theatre, and discuss the issues that interest you most in a series of panel discussions.

Television Genres

The module explores the idea of genre as a key critical concept within television studies and enables students to identify the codes and conventions of key television genres such as news, sitcom, reality TV, Soap Operas, heritage TV, and talk shows whilst gaining an understanding of genre in relation to television production and audiences.

Comedy Writing and Performance

The module explores the writing and devising of comedy. You will watch, listen to, and discuss examples of a range of online, radio, and TV comedy before working in small groups to create an original comedy sketch idea and to develop your own script and characters within it. You will be encouraged to develop range and flexibility in your vocal, facial, and physical skills in order to produce a range of comic personas.

The module also examines aspects of storytelling – theme, narrative structure, character development, comic types, the relationship of character to plot, use of subplots – in relation to the writing of comedy drama and situation comedy. In the second half of the module you will create your solo performance: a piece of Stand Up of comic monologue. 

Digital Narrative Technologies

You will learn the theory of storytelling and narrative and apply this knowledge through creative practice to a digital artifact. This process of understanding, applying, and bridging traditional narrative from myth and legend, script and screen, to a contemporary immersive manifestation is designed to give you a broader understanding of narrative from a cultural perspective. The themes covered in the module will typically include: The Power, Importance and Origin of Story, Story Structures, The Hero’s Journey, The Power of Myth, Narration and Focalisation, The Art of Characterisation, Environmental Storytelling, Writing a Treatment, Storyboarding Techniques, Narrative and Emergent technologies, Immersion & Interactivity, and Spatial Narratives.

Creative Non-Fiction

This module explores different forms and sub-genres of creative non-fiction, a genre which Lee Gutkind describes as ‘the most important and popular genre in the literary world today.’ You will cover a wide range of creative non-fiction forms, including memoir, biography, literary journalism, autobiographical poetry, travel writing, music writing, and nature writing. Practical techniques including voice, structure, dialogue, and imagery will be taught via guided writing exercises, reading, feedback, and discussion.

Researching and Planning a Novel

This module will equip you with an overview of the state of contemporary fiction. You will meet a broad range of contemporary practice, from literary fiction to experimental fiction and genre fiction, including ‘chick lit’, historical fiction, crime/thrillers, science fiction, and supernatural/fantasy fiction. You will continue to develop your ‘writer’s tool-kit’, adding techniques such as point of view, narrative drive, setting, character, and dialogue. You will also receive tuition in how the publishing industry works, and the skills that a professional writer needs to acquire.

Writing Poetry in the 21st Century

This module revisits some traditional forms. The first part of the module involves creative explorations of the Japanese ‘tanka’ (a relative of the haiku), the sonnet, and the sestina, inviting you to invent your own original poetic form. In the second part of the module, you will encounter a range of innovative approaches to poetry: using sound, collage, found text, and visual elements in your writing. The format will be largely workshop-based with writing exercises, sharing work with your tutor.

Introduction to Children’s Literature

You will look at the development of literature for children since 1744 and examine how child development determines the content within texts written for children. You will scrutinise the texts from many angles and you may even produce texts for children.


Playwriting offers you the chance to experiment with a variety of theatre writing styles and forms. We will cover the craft of playwriting, studying character, dialogue, narrative, form, and stagecraft. We will also look at the business of playwriting, exploring the many professional opportunities and routes open to playwrights.

Literature, Adaptation and the Screen

On this module, you will study a range of literary texts and their screen counterparts, including SherlockPsycho, and Gone Girl. By encouraging you to consider and explore the relationships between literature and screen adaptations, the module will explore the distinctiveness of both cultural forms while investigating the problems of generating visual and dialogic substitutes for psychological and narrative complexity. You will learn about theories of adaptation and the integral role of technical arts such as scenography, music, and sound production; further, you will also learn about techniques associated with writing film and TV synopses, treatments, and step outlines.

Introduction to Screenwriting

On this module, you will develop your own original idea for a screenplay across the semester, moving from a one-line pitch to a treatment and scene-by-scene breakdown to, ultimately, a script. The script can be for any platform or audience, with no limitations to cast size or location. The module examines the fundamental aspects of storytelling for screen: character, story, structure, and dialogue. You will learn how to format your documents to a professional standard.

Work Placement Module

On the work placement module, you will have the opportunity to fulfil a module of study by finding and completing an internship or work placement related to your degree. While on your placement, you will be assigned an academic tutor from the English discipline. The tutor will meet with you to discuss the progress of your placement, help you think about what you are learning, and establish goals.

Year three

Final Portfolio

This is a double creative writing module that runs throughout your final year. Here you can undertake a self-directed project in the genre(s) of your choosing, while giving and receiving feedback in a supportive workshop environment. By the end of the module you should have 6,000 words (or equivalent) of highly polished creative work.

You will also choose five of the following optional modules:

Sequential Art (Comics and Graphic Novels)

You will study important examples of international comic strips, series, and ‘graphic novels’. At a time of proliferating texts inspired by material introduced in comics, a section of the module will look at film and TV adaptations, evaluating the importance of comic-derived material to the modern media landscape. The unique ways in which comics can be said to create meanings will be highlighted, and you will experience creating a narrative with expert guidance.

Themes studied may include the following: Comics and Childhood; The Graphic Novel Era: Comics ‘come of age’; Alan Moore; Comics, Ideology and Form: Case Study of 1970s British Comics; Fandom; Comics and Other Media.

Teaching Masterclass (English)

This module is for students who are interested in developing and transforming the knowledge which they have gained on their degree programme into practical teaching skills. You will explore fundamental theories of pedagogy and apply them to practice in the classroom, role playing teaching situations and learning how to devise a basic lesson plan in the fields of Literature, Creative Writing, Language, and Drama. This module will develop interpersonal, leadership, and communication skills, and it will help to prepare you for transition to a PGCE.

Journalism and Public Relations

This module will examine the role of the PR industry and its link to journalism and the media. Through a number of practical workshops, you will gain a strong understanding of the principles and practices behind successful PR strategies and campaigns.

British Theatre Post-1950

This module contextualises post-war British theatre in terms of naturalism, the avant-garde, political contexts, and the epic mode. Examining a varied range of play texts, you will consider the ways in which British theatre since the Second World War has engaged with issues of class, sexuality, gender, and national identity and how form, narrative, action, and character have evolved in different contexts.

New Departures: Reading and Writing Innovative Poetry

This module combines the critical and creative study of some of the most exciting poetry written in the last fifty years. Each seminar-workshop will offer practical exercises in composition in order to aid understanding of the aesthetic and political decisions being made.

Biography: Tradition and Innovation

This module introduces you to the rich, innovative, and subversive traditions of biography as well as ground-breaking contemporary practice. The module will explore the following issues: biography as autobiography; biography as fiction; biography as poetry; biography as visual text; biography as political critique; and biography as a way of understanding our world. Postmodern concerns about what we understand by “reality,” “life,” representation, subjectivity, and “truth” will underpin our explorations, and you will be guided through a range of key research and writing techniques as you embark upon your own biographical project.

Writing for Performance

The module offers you the chance to explore the theory and practice of playwriting and writing for performance, covering concept, story, structure, characterisation, dialogue, theatricality, rewriting, and revising.

Visual Text

The term “visual text” usefully reminds us that text is visually-recorded language, designed to be perceived through sight. All text is therefore visual but readers and critics often have difficulty sustaining their awareness of its dual nature. This module is devoted to engaging with the visual delivery of text, its possibilities, and its potential to alter and influence meaning, storytelling, and criticism. You will engage in close textual analysis, and you will be encouraged to question the creative decisions behind the presentation of a wide variety of texts, including graffiti, site-specific writing, illustrated and illustrative writing, graphic novels, concrete and shaped text, and text-based animations.

Transmedia Storyworlds

The module explores the socio-cultural histories of transmedia franchises and their fictional storyworlds across TV, radio, films, comic books, and videogames. Transmedia Storyworlds equips students with an advanced understanding of how industrial forces shape productions of storyworld content across a given transmedia franchise and explores how adaptations of fictional storyworlds exploit the narrative affordances of a range of different media. The module equips students with an advanced understanding of transnational flows whereby cultures from around the world reimagine globally famous characters and storyworlds so as to establish locally specific meanings and critically examine the ideological positions of transmedia franchises and their storyworlds.

Stand-up Comedy

Through class interaction, individual research, and tutor supervision, you are encouraged to develop your own comic voice and persona and to devise and write original ideas toward solo live performance. A visiting professional comedian will be invited in to give feedback on the work before it is performed and/or recorded.

Scriptwriting for TV and Film

Through a professionally geared script development programme, you will create a premise, a treatment, a step outline, and a first draft of a complete screenplay of at least fifty minutes. In seminars, you will discuss ideas for story, character, and theme within the group. Treatments, step outlines, and the first draft are developed in one-to-one tutorials.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?


As part of your creative writing course, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons, with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests. Your classes will be based at our Peel Park or MediaCityUK campuses.

Your lectures are fairly formal, with a lecturer addressing a large group of students from a variety of courses across the different disciplines we offer. They’re also a great opportunity to meet fellow students from across your course.

Tutorials are more informal, consisting of small group teaching that is often student-led.

Seminars are also informal and tend to be a mixture of tutor-led and student-led discussions.

Practical workshops give you the chance to demonstrate new skills. Outside speakers are sometimes invited to share their experiences in industry and give advice.

Creative writing workshops

In creative writing workshops, you’ll be given one-to-one support, including feedback from your tutors on your work. A valuable opportunity to focus on your individual practice.

Practice-based creative projects

Practice-based creative projects are directed by students. They are also where you’ll be given your assigned projects and deadlines.


An important part of your creative writing degree is the opportunity to showcase your academic strengths in a variety of different ways. Your production and creative writing modules are typically assessed through creative work, with others evaluated through essays. In your first year, you will also take an exam to demonstrate what you’ve learned.


All our English courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Student Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.


Whatever platform or medium you choose to explore we’ll support you. On this Creative Writing degree, you'll have access to our:

  • Excellent live performance spaces, including a 350-seat theatre.
  • Broadcast standard TV acting and presenting studios (including green screen);
  • A radio drama studio;
  • Post-production video and audio facilities;
  • And more.

Our students, staff and industry also regularly perform shows using the New Adelphi Theatre to public audiences. 

You'll have access to our library which is equipped with a vast collection of books and computers suites you can use during your studies.

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What about after uni?


There’s never been a better time to begin your career as a professional writer. While a creative writing degree is a good course to choose if you’re a budding author, playwright or poet, the possibilities don’t end there. Creative writing careers include roles in related industries, such as publishing, editing or teaching, but also commercial opportunities in marketing, journalism and public relations. What’s more, you’ll be well equipped with a portfolio of work that you can use to evidence your writing skills and establish your reputation as a writer.


Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path through  our Postgraduate programmes  on a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal. 

A taste of what you could become

A screenwriter

A novelist

A poet

A teacher

A publishing agent

And more...

Career Links

We’ve developed this creative writing course to meet the needs of the creative industries. That’s why you’ll work on your creative talent and subject expertise. Salford has close associations with a range of literary, academic and professional bodies across Manchester, such as:

  • The BBC
  • Red Telephone Press
  • Conville&Walsh Literary Agency
  • Legend Press
  • Erbacce Press
  • If not P then Q Press
  • Knives Forks and Spoons Press
  • The Theatre Royal, Hyde
  • British Isles North West section of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Old Vic Theatre New Voices Company
  • The Biographers' Club
  • National Association of Writers in Education
  • Carcanet Press
  • HOME Manchester

What you need to know


Dream of seeing your words in print? Want to bring your ideas to life on stage? Looking to build on your creative writing skills by learning about production and multimedia? If so, this course is the right option for you. Offering you the chance to focus on a range of disciplines within writing, you will also develop skills in key creative technologies including audio and visual digital equipment. So, alongside being a skilled writer, you’ll also have the confidence to run creative projects from beginning to end.

Employers in the creative industries are increasingly seeking candidates with a grounding in production techniques for a range of media. That’s why this degree is designed to explore these methods within the context of film, radio, television and printed media. This means that as you’re writing your masterpiece, you’ll also be developing the skills needed to compete as a creative professional.

Standard entry requirements


English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A Level

64 points. General Studies accepted.

T Levels

Pass: D or E in core subject


Diploma = MM

Extended Diploma = MPP

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 64 points

Scottish Highers

64 points

Irish Leaving Certificate

64 points

International Baccalaureate

24 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% overall

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.
Full-time home 2025/26 £8,250.00 for Foundation Year and £9,250.00 for subsequent years.

Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.



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Enrolment dates

September 2024

September 2025

UCAS information

Course ID Q421

Institution S03