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  • Course Length

    64 weeks

  • Fees

    £8,250 per annum

  • Awarded By

    Bath Spa University

  • UCAS codes

    • Course Code: CWP1
    • Institution Code: B20
    • Campus Code: L

Creative Writing and Publishing FdA

Course Summary

The digital age has completely changed how and where we access news and written content. It is essential that anyone looking to have a successful career in journalism or publishing has a clear understanding of reporting and storytelling in this evolving digital landscape.

This foundation degree will help you develop the knowledge and skills needed to produce creative and engaging content across a range of print and online platforms. For aspiring writers, modules such as ‘Life Writing’ and ‘Performance Poetry and the Spoken Word’, along with the ‘Writers’ Workshops’, will allow you to develop your voice and explore different styles of creative writing.

You will gain hands-on experience, working on live briefs and building up a diverse portfolio of work, in preparation for a career in the media industry. You will explore the global media industry and the challenges it faces, from 24-hour news cycles and declining circulations to user-generated content and ‘fake’ news.

The combination of journalism and publishing means you will have the opportunity to take a brief from concept and research, through writing and development to design and editing of a full publication. You will use industry-standard software to advance your technical skills in digital production.

Course Content


  • Introduction to Journalism
  • Create Lab
  • Introduction to Editing and Production
  • Publishing and Editing for Writers
  • Writers' Workshop 1
  • Writers' Workshop 2.


  • Short Stories
  • Life Writing
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Independent Magazine
  • Performance Poetry and the Spoken Word
  • Writing for Young People.


On graduation from this programme, you will be well placed to pursue a career in creative writing, journalism or publishing. This foundation degree provides you with a diverse set of transferable skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers in communication, business, education, management and public services.

Alternatively you can complete your studies by continuing onto the final year of a full honours degree such as BA (Hons) Journalism and Publishing at Bath Spa University.

Links to industry, live briefs and study skills will be embedded throughout the course.


Students on this course will have access to:

  • Our Higher Education Centre - with dedicated space for lessons, self-study and socialising
  • The Learning Resource Centre (incl. library)
  • Computer rooms
  • Large restaurant and social area
  • Sports Centre - with gym, sports hall and 3G football pitch

You will also have access to Bath Spa University facilities

Costs and Resources

Tuition fees for 2020 entry: £TBC
Student finance information: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths, 9 - 4 (A* - C)

Alternative equivalency testing may be undertaken.

PLUS 80 UCAS points

(For example CDD at A Level or MMP at BTEC Level 3)

Including a relevant subject such as Journalism, Creative Writing, English or Creative Media.

Desirable skills include:

  • Good written and oral communication
  • Strong time management and ability to work to deadlines
  • An attention to detail
  • An inquisitive mind and good research skills


Study mode: Full-time or part-time
Course length: 64 weeks (over two years)
Contact hours: 12 hours per week over two days
Expected self-study: 10-15 hours per week

Over the course of the two years you will be assessed via 8 Reports, 5 Portfolios, 3 Practical Projects and 1 Essay.

You may be expected to visit external organisations for live briefs.

How to apply

Please contact rhian.jacob-barclay@newcollege.ac.uk to register your interest and for more information on applying to this course.

Contact Us

Email: he@newcollege.ac.uk
Tel: 01793 209469

Programme Leader: Rhian Jacob-Barclay (rhian.jacob-barclay@newcollege.ac.uk)

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE - Information about how courses and teaching may be affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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