Due to the popularity of courses, most universities will require a good to very strong academic background for entry onto first degree or postgraduate courses.
However, if you wish to study Creative Writing, but are worried about whether you will be able to do so without formal academic qualifications, do bear in mind that this won’t necessarily disqualify you from experiencing study in Higher Education.
The Access to Higher Education scheme offers the chance to study towards entry level for degree programmes, through taking a number of accredited courses. The Access to Higher Education route also provides an extremely valuable foundation, introducing the skills set needed for successful future degree study. Information can be found by visiting the Access to Higher Education and you should contact your local college or university’s Lifelong Learning Unit or centre to explore your options.
In addition, certain institutions are less interested in formal qualifications and are prepared to consider students on an individual basis. Commitment to writing and your level of practical experience may sometimes prove just as important a factor in considering your application. The Centre of Lifelong Learning at University of Wales, Bangor, for example, currently offers a part-time BA in Creative Writing and a waiver of fees for those in receipt of certain state benefits and who may not have any formal qualifications.
For study at Masters level, you will usually be expected to have obtained a good first degree. If you wish to pursue PhD study, you will generally have been expected to already hold a Masters degree - though not necessarily in Creative Writing. However, departments can be flexible, particularly if a good track record of publishing or related experience has already been established.
If you are thinking of applying for a Creative Writing degree at MA or PhD level and are in doubt as to whether you are qualified, contact your chosen institution who will be able to offer you informal and practical advice on the way forward based on your current position.