Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Journalism, Media and Performance




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    Four years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    F478; Short form: BA/STVRfe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

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.

Entry Requirements

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.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Approaches to Photography
Introduction to Filmmaking
Scriptwriting for Production
Film and Media Theory
Web Fundamentals


Extended Media Project
Audio and Video Technologies
Self-images: Identities, Diaries and Documents
Introduction to Animation and Games
Sound recording and Design

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional modules (select 40 credits)

  • Introduction to Narrative Film (20 credits)
  • Television Studio Production (20 credits)
  • Writing for Comedy (20 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory Modules

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

Optional modules (select 40 credits)

  • Writing for Video Games (20 credits)
  • Script and Shoot (20 credits)
  • Documentary Production (20 credits)
  • Adaptations (20 credits)
  • Producing and Directing (20 credits)
  • Thinking Through Film (20 credits)

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Starting the Feature (20 credits)
  • Screenwriting Major Project (40 credits)

Optional modules (select 60 credits)

  • Extended Research Project (40 credits)
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • The Writers Room (20 credits)
  • Work as Practice (20 credits)
  • The Short Film (20 credits)

Further Information

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.

cJAM: Media

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:

  • Students hear from keynote industry speakers who share their personal career journey and how they got to where they are now.
  • The industry Q&A session allows students to ask questions to gain further advice and insight.
  • Informal networking opportunities during the breaks and lunch.

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.


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.

Fees 2020/21

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.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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.

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.


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.