Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio

Screenwriting with Film, Television and Radio BA (Hons)

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. 

Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • You will learn skills across a variety of disciplines including television, film, theatre, radio and video games, with a view to increasing your employment opportunities.
  • You will benefit from UCLan’s industry links with the BBC, ITV, MediaCityUK (Salford) and other media organisations across the North West and beyond.
  • Course tutors are all professional writers who have written for television, film, theatre and radio.

Course Overview

Year 1

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 2

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 3

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)

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.

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Industry Links

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

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Our News

New ‘street’ created in Preston
The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has created an outdoor television set on campus which will allow students to learn more practical media skills in an industry standard environment.

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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.

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.

Exterior Film Set

Sound Stage - Green Screen


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.

Arriva North project

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

Course Enquiries

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.