Exeter College

FdA Creative and Professional Writing

Recognised as one of the leading further education college in the country, we offer small class sizes and one-to-one support. We offer courses delivered by friendly staff with industry experience. We offer modern, specialist, acclaimed learning resource centres. The result of studying with us? You earn a nationally and internationally recognised qualification awarded by Plymouth University. 

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • EXCE401 Research for Writers

      An introduction to the professional writing industry considering specialist markets for professional writing, key terminology in freelance writing and creative briefs. Students will learn about the current commercial demands and trends of the industry. Students will learn how to research, pitch and develop copy in response to live briefs and will learn how to communicate effectively and present a pitch to employers.

    • EXCE403 Short Fiction

      This module introduces fiction writing through a focus on short forms (short stories, one-act plays, short poetic forms and flash fiction) encouraging students to be inventive. Key aspects of the craft of writing in a compressed form will be studied along with the skills to engage with one¿s audience. Students will critically evaluate the work of others and learn to respond to constructive criticism. They will also be required to identify a range writers¿ platforms which could be utilised to increase the visibility of their work.

    • EXCE404 Writing the Region: Professional Partnerships

      Students will explore non-fiction writing using the region as a stimulus. They will examine how their professional writing can engage with a regional environment and develop their ability and confidence as writers of creative non-fiction, experimenting with form and voice. They will gain an understanding of the ways in which a variety of forms are generated and crafted in print and digitally, working individually and in collaboration with others and create their own opportunities for publication.

    • EXCE405 Writing for a Digital Age

      What does it mean to be a writer in the 21st century? This module focuses on the practical application of how digital technology has impacted on writing professionally, by exploring emerging forms and styles, as well as new opportunities and routes to publication. The ways in which writers can self-promote and market their work through various social and digital platforms will also be investigated.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/business-partners/partnerships/academic-partnerships/study-guide/progression-to-honours-degree

Our partnership with Exeter College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Exeter College

We’re proud of our awards – and you can be proud of your education with us. In 2012 we were recognised as the leading further education college in the country after winning two Times Educational Supplement FE Awards.

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