Full time: Three years, Part time: five years.
Campus, Full-time and Part-time
W810; Short form:
Preston (Campus code: U)
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.
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.
Introduction to Screenwriting 20 credits
Plus 40 credits from:
Plus two of the following:
Plus 60 credits from:
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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.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
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 and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
Film Production Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Media Production Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time
Television Production Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Web Design and Development Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Film and Media Studies Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
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.
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.
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 www.thegreatnortherncreativefestival.wordpress.com