Join our community of published writers and readers, nurture your creative talents, and develop keen analytical skills on our BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing programme, where all your first-year books are provided for you to keep, free of charge. As well as being experienced teachers, all our staff are published authors and/or literary critics, so if your dream is to be a writer or to go into the creative industries, we’ll provide opportunities that will help get you there. The course gives you the flexibility to tailor your learning to the type of writing you feel most passionate about, with a choice of critical or creative assignments on most modules. We focus on both the craft of writing and literary criticism - their interrelation and their relevance to the contemporary world. The majority of texts we study are from the 20th/21st centuries, although the course contains enough of the classics (e.g. Shakespeare, Victorian literature) to ensure you'll be school-curriculum ready should you aspire to be a teacher.
In workshops, you’ll analyse texts from across a wide range of literary styles, movements and genres, as well as producing creative and critical work of your own. You’ll gain insight into the world of professional writing and publishing through our practice-led module, The Writing Profession, which walks you through the editorial process from first draft to publication. Our Literature modules delve into contemporary issues, such as cultural identities and the climate emergency. Children’s literature, Gothic literature, magical realism and post-colonial fiction are integral to the programme too. We are a supportive and friendly department and our staff will work closely with you to help guide you on your individual journey. In addition to your tutors, you’ll encounter visiting writers and/or publishing professionals who can share their real-world experiences in the creative industries. At University level, there are opportunities to explore professional partnerships and we run mentoring schemes that can help you to network and build confidence - essential preparation for life beyond graduation.
English employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, e-learning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, and oral presentations.
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- Year 1
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