Professional Writing - Foundation Degree

Foundation Degree in Professional Writing

Two year full-time programme in Professional Writing is devoted to empowering those with creative talent in a range of disciplines to sell their ideas, become more competitive in applying for jobs and access a range of other qualifications including degrees and higher degrees. The course has proven popular with those seeking the most affordable route to a degree (after two years at foundation degree fee students can progress automatically into the third year of a BA Hons in Creative Writing). Former students have found work including as a best-selling author and as employees in areas like marketing, advertising, exhibition design and event management. Some have gone on to MA and Ph.D study. Anyone interested can ring the College on 01322 629400 for an informal discussion.

Aims of programme

• To enable students to develop a portfolio of creative work sufficient to make them competitive in the careers market.
• To develop an awareness of writing and other creative areas of employment, enabling students to make informed decisions about their individual careers.
• To work closely with individual students in ways likely to promote and enhance their creative talents.
• To provide a substantial background in key academic areas (including English Literature and Film Theory) sufficient to prepare students for further development of their academic career.
• To prepare each student sufficiently well to allow a range of choices at the University of Greenwich (and other institutions if preferred) for third year BA Hons study.

For further information on course content please click on the following link:
http://www.nwkcollege.ac.uk/courses/higher-education/programme-contents.aspx/t

Programme contents

Year 1:

Portfolio production (creative work) 30 credits
Forms of writing (study of writing/producing creative work) 30 credits
Creative non-fiction 30 credits
Critical Methods 30 credits

Year 2

Portfolio production (creative work) 30 credits
Forms of writing (study of writing/producing creative work) 30 credits
The Art of then Novel 30 credits
Electronic Applicaitons (Work for Miskin Radio) 30 credits

Awarding body

University of Greenwich

Entry requirements

Students under 21:

80 UCAS points, of which no more than 10 points should come from AS levels.

We also accept equivalent qualifications, including:

. BTEC/National Diploma
. International Baccalaureate
. Advanced & Progression Diplomas
. Access courses

Plus: GCSE English language & Maths with a minimum of grade C or recognised equivalent are required

Students over 21:

If you do not have the above UCAS for GCSE requirements but have appropriate experience, specific knowledge or industry-based qualifications, your application will be welcomed & still considered.

Progression / Careers

Former students have found work including as a best-selling author and as employees in areas like marketing, advertising, exhibition design and event management. Some have gone on to MA and Ph.D study. Final year entry onto either BA Hons Media Writing, BA Hons Media and Communications or BA Hons Creative Writing.

Fees

£5950 per academic year

Modes of assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used that include formal examinations, practical observation, essay coursework, numerical and situational problem solving coursework, and presentations. Student centred learning involving library based work, video and computer based analysis will be encouraged.

Additional information

“My work on the Professional Writing course helped me to focus my ideas and brand myself as the UK’s only professional, diabetic athlete.” Gavin Griffiths (www.diathlete.org)
Student Testimonials

“I had a very open mind on joining this course, the work and interaction with staff helped me to identify my present career in fundraising for charity as the perfect career route.” Stephanie Bates

“I've been given the opportunity to incorporate my ideas and creativity into the work that has been set…[Professional Writing] has shown me skills that I never thought I had.” George Harvey

Disclaimer

This information may be subject to change without prior notice.

Timetables are normally available one week before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.