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Course summary

Join a celebration of literature and writing and experiment in all forms. Find your passion and pursue it, as you investigate and specialise in areas including poetry, children’s fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting and digital games. On this English & Creative Writing degree, you’ll read critically and widely, analyse and create in equal measure and develop technical skills essential in any number of careers. You’ll also gain practical experience with our partners in publishing, literary festivals and professional writing. You will: Learn, debate and create under the guidance of academics, industry professionals and diverse guest speakers Design and run a collaborative project such as a sitcom, podcast or illustrated anthology, working with business, education and community partners Attend our guest lecture series, where you’ll build relationships and contacts within all facets of the literary world Participate in literary events, such as Falmouth Book Festival and the North Cornwall Book Festival Take inspiration from The Lighthouse – the workspace at the heart of our community Gain industry-ready skills by writing, editing or promoting FalWriting, our student-led online magazine Use our state-of-the-art Soundhouse and edit suites to record audience ready productions


This english and creative writing degree seeks to capture and analyse the most vital contemporary writing (across all formats and media) within the context of a rich literary, historical and theoretical past, developing your critical and creative eye. Learn, debate and create under the guidance of leading academics, industry professionals and diverse guest speakers, whether in The Lighthouse, our state-of-the-art campus facilities, or any of our immediate and beautiful natural spaces. By making your own choices, you'll build skills in areas like poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and digital games. Be the voice of your community by writing, editing or promoting Falwriting – our student-led online magazine – gaining vital (and CV-boosting), industry-ready skills. Live collaborative projects will allow you to make priceless personal connections. Work directly with industry, educational, and community partners, creating a clear path to your desired industry or area of further academic study. Year one: During the first year of BA English & Creative Writing, you'll explore the basics of creative writing, english literature and publishing – all key areas for aspiring writers to be familiar with. While providing an introduction to the subject, this course also breaks the mould of most English degrees with modules like Exploding the Canon: Writing Then and Now and Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back. Each week, you'll learn through a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials. Modules Writing: Craft & Contexts Exploding the Canon: Writing Then & Now Publishing Cultures Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back Literatures of Revolution Publishing Studio: Technologizing the Word Year two: Your second year is all about narrowing down to your specialisation, building on two core modules addressing contemporary literature and a collaborative project. You’ll then be able to branch out into different creative writing types to hone your skills in your optional modules. Your core modules will explore key issues such as race, gender, sexuality and identity politics in contemporary literature, alongside delivering a dynamic collaborative project with your peers. The optional modules in year two will give you the opportunity to grow your writing abilities in different specialisms including: writing for games, screenwriting, poetry, creative non-fiction and writing for radio or theatre. You’ll then hone your creative, analytical, critiquing and writing skills and learn how to research, plan, pitch and build a professional profile. Modules Society & the Self Writing Now: Prize-winners, Bestsellers & Controversial Content Optional modules: Satire and Scandal Poetry Screenwriting Magic and the Impossible Fiction Creative Non-Fiction Games Radio & Theatre Year three: Harnessing the knowledge and skills you’ve honed throughout your degree, in your final year you’ll work on a dissertation and portfolio, allowing you to create a critical and sustained piece of work. For these projects, you’ll have weekly tutorials with your supervisor, giving you a close focus on your own writing. You’ll examine contemporary literature, focusing only on prize winners, bestsellers and controversial content published in the last five years. You’ll also choose from optional modules during the year, and you’ll study a module in experimentation and adaptation.  Modules Dissertation and Portfolio Experiment and Adaptation Writing Now: Prize Winners, Bestsellers & Controversial Content Optional modules We Have Never Been Human Crime and Dark Fiction Children & Young Adult Innovations The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.

Assessment method

100% of your assessment will be coursework. Assessment methods: Coursework and e-learning exercises Live creative industry briefs Final year creative writing portfolio

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The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

International applicants

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Through the award of international scholarships, we aim to support academic enrichment by encouraging diversity and excellence at Falmouth. For details of our international scholarships, and how to apply for them, please visit our website at

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Qualification requirements

If you are able to demonstrate relevant, current, equivalent experience instead of formal qualifications, we encourage you to apply. Please contact our Applicant Services team before applying, for advice regarding your individual experience and eligibility. If you are an international applicant and require a Student visa to study in the UK, you must have a recognised English language test approved and vouched for by the University at the appropriate level. Our Applicant Services team can help you with any general questions you may have about study visas or suitable language tests. For more specific advice, we recommend you also consult UKCISA

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English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall is required, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening
Trinity ISEA minimum of Trinity ISE II with Distinction in all four components is required.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2A minimum on the Cambridge English scale of 169 is required
PTE Academic55A minimum score in the Pearson Academic Test of English of 55 overall is required, with a minimum of 51 in all four components.

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language skills that are sufficiently developed for successful completion of your studies. We accept a range of recognised English language qualifications that are equivalent to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic minimum score of 6.0 overall, with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening

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