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Course details

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Start date(s)

2020, 2021



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Study mode(s)

Full time (3 years)

Course overview

Do you want to turn your passion for writing into your career?

Award-winning writers from the fields of journalism, fiction, poetry and film will work with you to develop your writing skills in a range of online and offline media. You'll understand the different styles required for feature writing, arts journalism, novels, short stories and poetry.

The Student Contract

Your health and wellbeing is important to us which means that we may need to adjust elements of our courses, such as the timings of our placement provision, to take into account COVID-19-related government restrictions. However, please be assured that we will do our utmost to limit any impact this has on your university experience. If you have any questions about your course, please contact us at hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to courses

In the Department of Communication, there is a strong focus on practical workshops, applied learning and putting theory-into-practice, alongside traditional academic modules. All courses will be delivered in a blended format for Academic Year 2020/21. This will include pre-recorded lectures, with structured preparatory tasks in advance of live sessions in the virtual classroom on Microsoft Teams. These virtual classroom sessions will be used to engage you in a range of tasks and discussions which will be followed by further activities to reinforce learning. Staff will also make use of Moodle for learning activities and assessment.

We intend to deliver small group teaching and practical workshops on campus. These will include practical journalism, live production, film, radio and television workshops, as well as other small group teaching as appropriate. Production work has been carefully planned to ensure alternative approaches to production work can be deployed should further social distancing/lockdown restrictions be imposed and to ensure you can access appropriate equipment and software.

About this course

On this course you will learn how to write for TV and film, understanding the process that takes your writing from script to screen.

You'll take part in creative writing workshops, gaining confidence in writing poetry and fiction and discovering how to give and receive constructive criticism.

We'll show you the professional and commercial use of writing across all of these areas, as well as encouraging cross-media exploration that will enable you to produce creative and innovative writing. You’ll also explore the potential of digital media as a platform for your creativity, focusing on online storytelling and game-based narratives.

The programme enables you to address this theme across English, Film and Media subject areas: exciting and evolving disciplines that cover digital media production, literary analysis, creative writing, language and linguistics or film analysis. There is a high degree of choice so you can tailor your programme to your personal strengths and passions.

By the time you graduate, you'll have extensive experience of writing individually and collectively in a range of styles, an established writing portfolio and an understanding of the market potential of your writing.

Why study with us?

  • Experiment with your writing. We’ll encourage you to work with a mix of traditional and new media, exploring the productive interaction between them.
  • Define and complete self-directed writing projects, developing a portfolio of professional writing.
  • Experience commissioning, editing and appraising the work of others, as well as producing your own individual work.
  • You’ll make contact with employers throughout your degree, ensuring that the work you produce is in line with current professional practice.


The module details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

Students will study a combination of core and option modules across their three or four years of study. 

Modules by Year

Foundation Year

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Academic Skills and Studying with Confidence
  • Project
  • Image: Introduction to the Humanities
  • Communication: Introduction to Modern Media

You will only study these modules if you are studying for the degree with Arts and Communication foundation year (4 years)

Year 1

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Finding and Freeing Your Voices: Creative Writing 1
  • Ethics, Society and Employability
  • Introduction to Scriptwriting
  • Vampires and Detectives
  • Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • Online Storytelling


Year 2

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Childhood, Loss, Love and Myth: Creative Writing 2
  • Life Writing: Writing the Self, Writing Others
  • Magazine and Feature Writing
  • Professional Development and Placement

Students are required to choose or two option modules from: 

  • Script to Screen
  • Documentary: Theory and Practice
  • Digital Narratives
  • Writing America
Year 3

Core modules (students are required to take):

  • Professional Portfolio

Students will be required to choose a number of option modules from:

  • Contemporary Cult Television
  • Breaking the Rules: Creative Writing 3
  • Film and Television Adaptation
  • Science Fiction
  • Advanced Short Film Production (there is a prerequisite for enrolment on this module)
  • Specialist Magazine Writing
  • Advanced Documentary Production (there is a prerequisite for enrolment on this module)
  • Transmedia Production (there is a prerequisite for enrolment on this module)
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Reading Children’s Literature
  • Sexuality and Ethics


Learning and teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping you achieve your academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum.

The key themes of our strategy are:

  • student confidence
  • professionalism
  • social responsibility.

To help you achieve your potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and real-world activities. This approach ensures that you fully engage in shaping your own learning, developing your critical thinking and reflective skills so that you can identify your own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape your own development.

For over 50 years, we have developed a strong reputation for the quality of our teaching.

We believe the secret to great learning and teaching is simple: it is about creating an inclusive learning experience that allows all students to thrive through:

  • Personalised support
  • Expert lecturers
  • Strong connections with employers
  • An international outlook
  • The right tools and technology
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A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for your programme, to enable you to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that you have developed.

For more details on specific assessment methods for this course contact hello@leedstrinity.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Leeds Trinity University is committed to recruiting students with talent and potential and who we feel will benefit greatly from their academic and non-academic experiences here. We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

The following information is designed to give you a general overview of the qualifications we accept. If you are taking qualifications that are not included below, please contact our Admissions Office who will be happy to advise you.

UCAS tariff104
GCSE requirementsGrade C or above/ grade 4 or higher in English Language.
Typical A Level offerBCC

Student Finance

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2020/2021.

Part-time tuition fees will be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future years.

Tuition fees for 2021/22 entry will be set in summer 2020.

Living costs, e.g. accommodation, travel, food, will also need to be taken into consideration.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2020/21. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. 

Additional costs

We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:

  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own.
  • Field trips may occur during this course and they will be either fully or partly subsidised by the University. More details will be provided at the start of the course.
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure.
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

How to apply

For full-time undergraduate courses, you apply through UCAS. That's the University and Colleges Admissions Service.

On your application form, you'll need to know our institution code - it's L24 - and the course code. If you click through to the UCAS website using the button below, it'll take you to the right place with all the information you need.

You'll also need to write a personal statement - we've prepared a guide to help you.

There's lots more information about the application process on the UCAS website, or you can get in touch with our admissions team who will be happy to help:

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Professional placements

Our students have completed their placements at a wide range of organisations – from film production companies and recording studios, to local newspapers and MPs' offices.

If you're interested in teaching, you could also experience working in a primary or secondary school.

Career opportunities

Our graduates have gone on to the following roles:

  • online content editor
  • journalist
  • magazine editor
  • TV production
  • primary school teacher (after further study)
  • research assistant
  • archivist
  • feature writer
  • radio producer
  • publishing editor

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