Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Writing and Literature (Online)

  • NFQ Level 8
  • Credits 180*
  • Course Code SG254
  • Award Honours Degree Abinitio
  • Duration 3

Course Summary

The full-time undergraduate degree programme in Writing and Literature* is delivered fully online, facilitating wider access to this creative programme. All lectures will be delivered live online and students will be able to fully participate in group work and project work by means of innovative online supports. There is no requirement to attend campus.

This innovative new programme focuses on developing writing skills over the course of three years. The students embark upon a range of writing covering fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, flash fiction, cultural journalism and other forms of writing.

This is anchored by a detailed study of English Literature, Drama and Film as well as digital media, providing the critical context and the skills required of a writer in the digital age. The programme is delivered through interactive workshops and seminars.

Visiting lecturers will be practitioners such as novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, editors, agents and publishers. Students will develop a portfolio of writing, will collaborate on creative projects including film and performance and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for creative and professional practice.

“This is a milestone for Sligo and the North West,” - Dr Una Mannion, Programme Chair and recent winner of the Hennessy New Irish Writing Prize for poetry.

“We have such a rich cultural and literary legacy in this region. Storytelling is part of who we are, and it is recognised as an invaluable skill, integral to both creative and professional industries."

The programme will be delivered through interactive workshops and seminars . Visiting writers – including novelists, poets, screenwriters, playwrights, bloggers, journalists, as well as editors, agents and publishers – will teach and give seminars and talks. Where students cannot attend on-campus, alternatives will always be provided for online students. 

Students will build a professional portfolio of writing, collaborate on creative projects including film and performance, and will have a strong foundation in English literature preparing them for a range of professional practices.

Students are given a foundation in literature, drama and writing practice, including digital media. The writing and practice modules focus on writing basics and short-form writing. 

Students study film, video production, playwriting and explore the major literary and cultural movements of the 20th century and their impact on the development of narrative forms. 

Students focus on professional practice and building a portfolio of work. They also look at the contemporary Irish literary and publishing scene. Modules include contemporary Irish theatre, writing, the novel and publishing. 

“What makes this programme unique is the support and one-to-one feedback students will receive from writing and creative practitioners,” - Tommy Weir teaches digital storytelling and video production on the new programme.

“Not only will they be effective writers, they will have a skill set that readily transfers to other professional disciplines where clear communication and coherent, critical thinking are valued.”

The BA in Writing & Literature will prepare graduates for professional careers in publishing, copyediting, journalism, entertainment, marketing, public relations, communications management, and teaching.

The new programme will also build on and link with the existing creative strands at IT Sligo in areas such as the Performing Arts.

“Our graduates will be collaborators, self-editors and critical thinkers who have had the opportunity to have their work realised on the page and performed on stage and film", - Dr Rhona Trench, Programme Chair of Performing Arts at IT Sligo.

”The Writing & Literature is applied and will be tailored to the writing interests and developing expertise of each student.”

Download the full BA (Hons) Writing & Literature Online Programme Brochure

*course will run subject to sufficient student numbers

Key Course Information

CAO Code: SG254

All applications for entry to the first year of IT Sligo's full-time undergraduate courses, including online full-time, are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO). Detailed information on how to apply is available at

Key Dates

5th November - 1st February: Applications Open
5th March - 1st May: Late Applications Accepted
5th May - 1st July: Change of Mind Date

Application Closing Date : 24th September 2021

Entry Requirements

A minimum of four grade O6/H7 and two grade H5. English or Irish (at O6/H7). Maths is not required. 

QQI FE: Any Major award with a minimum of 3 Distinctions and a pass in C20139, 5N1833, C20174 or C20175. 

Other School Leaving Certificate examinations: Candidates holding alternative examinations such as A Levels or other international qualifications should contact the admissions office at

Mature students: A number of places are reserved for mature candidates who must be 23 years or over in the year of application. For further information contact the admissions office at

Career Opportunities

Graduates will be able to work in publishing, public relations, arts management, film and television, the theatre, marketing, cultural tourism and event promotion, journalism, teaching and facilitation. They can work as writers and will possess transferable skills enabling a wide range of opportunities in communications roles.

Further Study

Graduates will be eligible to progress to a number of postgraduate degrees in Ireland and abroad including M.A.’s in Creative Writing, Journalism, English Literature, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Publishing. Other potential progression routes might include postgraduate work in Community Arts, Literary Tourism and the Professional Masters in Education.


"I think it is the only course that focusses on writing in English as a creative process, rather than an academic subject, so for the more artistically inclined people, it stands out" Blaithin Ryan, BA Hons Writing & Literature 


Did you know?

All IT Sligo, Online students can avail of an array of Learning Supports. We encourage all students to take a free 15 minute online assessment tool, giving immediate feedback on strengths, challenges and support services available before embarking on your learning journey.

Disability Support

Any student with a disability can avail of the Disability Support Service. This service is committed to empowering students to achieve their academic and vocational goals in an inclusive learning environment. This service is free and confidential to all students who choose to register. All students also have access to assistive technology assessment and support through the Assistive Technology Education Specialist.

Academic Writing

The Academic Writing Centre offers support to all online students in the form of online 1:1, small group or class tutorials with a writing tutor. Students can also avail of a comprehensive suite of online supports such as academic writing guides, recorded tutorials and resources. Online students also have complimentary access to Studiosity, an online service providing feedback on students’ writing

Exam Services

The Student Support Officer will assess students and if accommodations are required, to communicate these with  the exams office. Library The library has a wealth of online resources for students and will facilitate online meetings with the student to provide general support in accessing library databases and to provide 1:1/group tutorials on research, referencing skills.


Students have access to our careers office staff who provide support in many areas including job searching, CV writing, further study options, career progression paths etc.

Programme Fees

A Student Contribution (registration) fee of €3,000** is payable. This programme is not covered by student supports (SUSI). Students need to directly apply to IT Sligo to assess their eligibility for financial support. Please contact Louise Kearins for more details.

IT Sligo will review applications for financial supports to fund (fully/partially) registration fees.

**Registration fees are subject to annual review.