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Creative Industries: Professional Writing Skills HNC

(SCQF level 7)

, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course is for you if you are looking for a career in writing. It will help you to develop the skills you'll need to work in a variety of fields. We cover scripting for TV and radio, short story writing, poetry and journalism, as well as vital freelance skills and industry knowledge.

This stimulating, learner-focused course is delivered by highly professional teaching staff, with significant Communications Industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

Previous students on this course have had scripts produced, novels and poetry published or worked professionally in a range of relevant disciplines. Others have gone on to complete the degree and postgraduate courses.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher English at Grade B or above or relevant group of units (e.g. Literature 1, Communication 4); OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to write a short factual piece and provide a folio of three or four typed pieces of work. This may include poetry collections, short stories or prose extracts, script extracts, or journalism articles.
  • You will also be asked to participate in a group exercise to allow us to review your communications skills.
  • Please note that school essays are not suitable. 

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Introduction to the Creative Industries.
  • Correcting Creative Text.
  • Creative Writing for Vocational Purposes.
  • Generating and Pitching Ideas.
  • Literature: Close Reading Skills.
  • Scripting for Television.
  • Scripting for Radio.
  • Writing for the Media.
  • Creative Project Work.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in creative writing, freelance writing, journalism, script editing, scriptwriting or broadcasting. Previous students have gone on to work in publishing, script tutoring, ghost-writing, and speech writing.

Continuing Study

On completion of your HNC, you may progress to:

  • M.Lit Creative Writing at University of Glasgow.
  • BA (Hons) Journalism and Creative Writing at Strathclyde University.
  • BA (Hons) Film Making & Screen Writing at the University of the West of Scotland.
  • BA (Hons) Film & Media at the University of Stirling and a range of other relevant courses.
  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome