F478; Short form: BA/STVRfe
Preston (Campus code: U)
Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. 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 practice various script-writing disciplines and hone your skills around writing for TV, radio or films.
Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & 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.
Approaches to Photography
Introduction to Filmmaking
Scriptwriting for Production
Film and Media Theory
Extended Media Project
Audio and Video Technologies
Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
Introduction to Animation and Games
Sound recording and Design
Introduction to Screenwriting 20 credits
Plus 40 credits from:
Plus two of the following:
Plus 60 credits from:
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 MediaCity 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!
Final year undergraduate and postgraduate media students have the opportunity to get involved in our annual cJAM employability event. cJAM shakes-up the traditional career fair format and gives UCLan students face-to-face time with up to 30 successful industry professionals all of whom have come to the event with the offer of valuable work placement opportunities. The cJAM event format consists of four main components:
The key element of cJAM is the giant speed pitching session. The students have eight minutes one-to-one time to pitch to selected industry guests to try and win a placement. Students can choose to pitch an idea, their reasons for wanting a placement with that particular company or to showcase their enthusiasm, skills and talent. Immediately following the pitching session, placements are decided on and the event closes with all the winning students being presented with their placement awards.
In 2018, there were four cJAM events and a total of 320 placements were awarded. All of which enabled our students to establish credible links in line with their career aspirations. To find out more about cJAM: Media, see the video and press release.
Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Animation Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Film Production Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Games Design Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time
Media Production* Undergraduate , BSc (Hons), Full-time
Photography Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Television Production Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time and Part-time
Theatre and Performance Undergraduate , BA (Hons), Full-time
Web Design and Development Undergraduate , BSc (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