Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio BA (Hons)

Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full time: Three years, Part time: five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    W810; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Screenwriting is a multi-million pound industry and seen as the foundation of all film and television production. If you want to meet professional writers, network at BAFTA events and attend film festivals, this is the course for you. We’re now regarded as one of the top screenwriting courses in the UK and our position within the North West media marketplace is constantly growing through our direct industry links with the BBC and MediaCityUK (Salford), of which UCLan is a leading educational partner. Based in our Media Factory, you’ll have access to state-of-the-art facilities where you can practise various scriptwriting disciplines and hone your skills around writing for TV, radio or films. Our students and graduates frequently win national industry awards – our most recent is Lauren Clark winning the Undergraduate Open Category prize at this year’s Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards.

National Student Survey 2017
100% of our Imaginative Writing students felt that teaching staff were good at explaining things - we're top in the UK.


Entry Requirements

104 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access to HE with 106 Points
International Baccalaureate with 26P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Introduction to Screenwriting 20 credits

  • Introduction to Radio Writing 20 credits
  • Screenwriting - Stage 2 20 credits
  • TV Serials & Soaps 20 credits

Plus 40 credits from:

  • Writing Comedy 20 credits
  • TV Production 20 credits
  • An Introduction to Narrative Film 20 credits
  • Studying Television and the Industry 1 20 credits
  • An introduction to Documentary Techniques 20 credits
  • Critical Approaches to Film, Hollywood and Beyond 20 credits

Year 2

  • Story Design 20 credits
  • Writing Radio Drama 20 credits
  • Writing for Film 20 credits
  • Comedy Writing 20 credits

Plus two of the following:

  • Adaptations 20 credits
  • Film and Media Work Placement 20 credits
  • Thinking Through Film 20 credits
  • Researching and Writing Film & Documentary 20 credits
  • Student initiated credit
  • Writing For Video games 

Year 3

  • Development Project 20 credits
  • Screenwriting Major Project 40 credits

Plus 60 credits from:

  • Script Analysis 20 credits
  • Dissertation 40 credits
  • Film and Media Project 20 credits
  • Research Project 40 credits
  • AV Practical Project 3 20 credits
  • Work as Practice 20 credits
  • Enterprise Development and Production 40 credits
  • ‘Starting The Feature’ competition

Further Information

To learn more about our School and the range of courses within it, go to our homepage. If you’d like to learn more about the successes and awards experienced by our students, staff and alumni, visit our news page

Personal and professional development will be a key aspect of the course, with graduates from the BA (Hons) Screenwriting going on to work in a variety of contexts: Radio, Television, Film, Internet, and Stage. The North West boasts a thriving live theatre scene which provides many opportunities for new writers. Apart from Media-City UK there is also Granada, BBC local radio stations and a plethora of independent television and film companies, some of which are based in Media Factory.

We are now regarded as one of the top Screenwriting courses in the United Kingdom. Our position within the North West media marketplace is constantly growing through our direct industry links with the BBC and Media-City UK (Salford), of which UCLan is a leading educational partner.

This September the Faculty of Culture and Creative Industries is offering Foundation students a unique opportunity to ‘Futureproof’ their ambitions and gain a National qualification free of charge as part of your studies.

Futureproof includes the PEARL qualification, a national GQAL accredited certificate, that will enable you to transfer key skills that can be taken forward into all areas of life, especially employment or further study.

The course will open doors for you with creative businesses and offers you extra coaching and access to high profile industry professionals. You will get additional support to help you recognise your strengths and apply them in creative work environments.

The five areas PEARL focuses on are, self-awareness, social skills, managing feelings, empathy and motivation.

Join us now to be a part of this innovative learning experience!


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2018/19

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have strong links with BAFTA, Writer Guild of Great Britain and are Accredited Partners of BBC MediaCityUK.

English Regions Skills Review 2015

UCLan has received a special mention in the English Regions Skills Review 2015 for its investigative work in bridging the gap between education and the workplace. According to the Report:

The bond between education and the industry is far stronger in the regions. The links between the industry and colleges and universities are well forged and productive. Both sides are keen to work together . . . The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is investigating a Spark finishing school to concentrate on specific skills gaps identified by this research (and others) around production management (among others).

At the forefront of this is the ‘soap-in-a-week’ collaboration in which ITV Studios and UCLan are partnering up. Cast and crew from Emmerdale and Coronation Street will work with UCLan students from a host of courses to brainstorm ideas, storyline the first episode, script, rehearse, shoot and show it, all in five days. ITV will be there for guidance only and the idea and execution will be done entirely by the students. For further information on this story, to receive a copy of the English Regions Skills Review, or for more details about how UCLan is bridging the gap between education and the creative industries, contact Emma Speed on 01772 895959.


New ‘street’ created in Preston

Learning Environment and Assessment

The course is littered with guest speakers from industry so you can hear first-hand what it’s like. Alumni come back to share experiences - some of which have worked for ITV London, Pinewood studios, or written for the likes of Holby City and Hollyoaks.

Tutors on the course are all practitioners.  Bill McCoid is a BAFTA member so you’ll get the opportunity to go to BAFTA events; Bill has written and directed a feature film.

Work experience includes working on film festivals, writing scripts for student filmmakers and working for professional television companies as writers - and you’ll also pitch your work to professional companies.

Arriva North project

Here is the work of UCLan students for David Wilkinson at Arriva North.


This course allows you to develop the craft of film and TV screenwriting and writing for radio to a professional level and with considerable freedom. You could follow a career as a writer on television soaps, serials, dramas, radio plays, stage writing, film script writer, producer (TV, film and radio), script reader, script editor, directing, researcher, TV, film and radio, publicist or presenter. Many of our graduates work as writers in other industries - you could earn a living as a novelist, journalist, publicist or marketer.

UCLan is proud to host The Great Northern Creative Festival – a free four-day media extravaganza which brings together some of the biggest creative talents in the north as well as across the UK, whilst also showcasing the outstanding creative talents of UCLan students and graduates in media, film, photography and journalism.  For more information, visit


Our state-of-the-art facilities in the Media Factory include a film studio (Sound Stage), TV Studio, edit suites, computers, library, cameras, projection rooms and cinemas.