Writing for a Career in the Arts

14 Week Course


Spring Term - 3 January – 7 April 2017


Summer Term - 24 April – 28 July 2017

at Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us: 01865 759798 or email  courses@ruskin.ac.uk.

Are you interested in finding out how to write for theatre, film, or any aspect of the performing arts? Our unique new course will give you the opportunity to discover where your talents lie and introduce you to the creative, practical and administrative aspects of working in the industry. You will be taught by experienced practitioners in our beautiful campus in Old Headington.

Non-residential students can take Writing for a Career in the Arts as a stand-alone course or they can study Functional Skills Maths and English alongside. Residential students will be required to study Functional Skills Maths and English as part of the course.

The course is accredited by AIM Awards, which is regulated by Ofqual.

 Modules include:

  • Developing Creative and Cultural Ideas for a Market

  • Working in the Performing Arts Industry level

  • Oral Storytelling

  • Writing to Convey Information

  • Creative Writing

  • Improvisation and Performance

This course will be taught over 14 weeks on Mondays and Tuesdays by experienced and supportive Ruskin tutors. Assessment will take place through a variety of activities including creative and report writing, oral presentations, group work and discussions. Much of this will take place in class but there will also be manageable homework tasks each week. Successful participants will receive an AIM Awards Level 2 Certificate in Skills for Employment and Further Learning.

Residential students will also attend Functional Skills Maths and English classes on Thursdays.

You can take Writing for a Career in the Arts as a stand-alone course or as grounding for one of our Access Courses. You may also be interested in progressing on to our Foundation Degree in Writing for Performance, for which this is excellent preparation.

This course will be:

Free for group A students

£300 for group B students

£300 for group C students

Group A students

Students receiving:

  • Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) including those receiving national insurance credits only;
  • Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in a work-related activity group (WRAG);
  • Universal Credit and earning less than £330 per month and are in one of the following groups – All Work-Related Requirements Group, Work Preparation Group or Work-Focused Interview Group;
  • Other state benefits and earning less than £330 per month;

Or you are unemployed or employed and wish to progress to more stable employment, are earning less than £330 per month and the course is directly relevant to your employment prospects.

Or you are 19-23 and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

Group B students

You are 19-23 and already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are 24 or older and do not already have a full level 2 qualification or above.

You are not on benefits but are dependent on someone in receipt of benefits.

Group C students

All other students

All fees include tuition, learning resources/materials, accommodation and meals, except where specified. If you have genuine difficulty paying the fees then we may be able to help - please contact 01865 759798 or email courses@ruskin.ac.uk


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know,  We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

Students are welcome from all sectors of society and there are no academic entry requirements.

To apply for any of these courses please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at courses@ruskin.ac.uk.

This course is an excellent starting point for students considering going on to our degree course in writing for performance, or looking to study either an English or Performing Arts related subject further.