English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Overview

Do you see yourself as the next JK Rowling? Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

What you'll experience:

  • Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving
  • Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build links in the industry and enhance your writing portfolio.

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules for this year currently include:

  • Telling Tales
  • Body Politics
  • The Short Story: Murder, Madness and Experimentation
  • Tips, Tricks, Techniques
  • True Stories

 There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules for this year include:

  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Bloody Shakespeare: Shakespeare's History Plays
  • Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
  • Creative Writing for Comedy
  • Crime Writing
  • Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
  • Finding Form: Fiction
  • Finding Form: Non-fiction
  • Finding Form: Writing for Performance
  • Literary Heritage
  • Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
  • Neo-Historical Fiction
  • Press and Public Relations
  • Professional Experience
  • Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature
  • Research in Practice
  • Script Writing
  • Space, Place and Being
  • Student Enterprise
  • Women's Writing in the Americas

Year 3

Optional modules for this year currently include:

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Creative Writing for Film
  • Dangerous Desires: Renaissance Revenge Drama
  • Dissertation/Major Project (English Literature)
  • Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Fan Fiction
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Magical Realism
  • Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
  • US Masculinities
  • Writing Project (With Publishing)

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • workshops
  • seminars
  • lectures
  • one-to-one tutorials

There's an emphasis on giving you the freedom and choice to develop the skills you need to succeed wherever your career takes you.

How you're assessed​

You’ll be assessed through:

  • short stories
  • a novel in progress
  • a screenplay
  • a collection of poems
  • a video production
  • presentations
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by written exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

What can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
  • copywriting
  • publishing
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

What jobs can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • editor
  • publishing assistant
  • copywriter
  • information abstractor
  • narrator
  • projects administrator

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from A level English. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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