Solent University (Southampton)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Solent University

English and Creative Writing

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Course summary

Solent University’s English and Creative Writing subject area is ranked ninth in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2020. This innovative degree offers the perfect blend of creative and practical professional skills, giving you the chance to develop as a writer and find your unique personal voice – while learning the essential skills and best practice to operate as a professional writer in publishing or other writing-based sectors. At Solent you will expand your familiarity with literature, and expand your mind, becoming a more innovative and globally-conscious writer with a huge range of classic and cutting-edge writing techniques at your command. You will study how various forms of creative and professional writing are planned, developed and creatively executed, as well as how creative writing theory can be married to creative writing practice. Core areas of study include literary theory, poetry, writing, play texts and publishing. And a range of exciting optional modules will offer the chance to delve deeper into specific subjects and specialisms, focusing on the areas of writing that are of the most interest to you. The course has a strong focus on employability and helping you kickstart a great career. You can develop transferable skills in research, analytical thinking, communication and teamwork – essential for any professional career – as well as working on live briefs from real-world clients. And you’ll even have the chance to become a published author, building up a portfolio of work that demonstrates your style and skills to prospective publishers or employers. Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience. What does this course lead to? You’ll develop the skills required to work in a number of communication and media-based industries, including writing, publishing, media production, teaching, journalism, programme research, sales, copywriting, and information management. Who is this course for? This course is for you if you want to use your creative writing skills within the publishing, media or creative industries. Students have plenty of opportunities to build a portfolio of published work, so if you are new to creative writing, this course is a great way to kick-start your career.

Course details


YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES Key moments in the History of the Novel Puritans to Potter: Young Adult Fiction and Children's Literature Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English Making and Reading Poetry Writing Sensation and Scandal Writing and Selling the Short Story YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES Drama, Script and Performance The Business of Independent Publishing Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature Literature and Film of the 'New World' Writing the Novel Speculative Fiction YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts Dissertation / FMP After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth? YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year) Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction Work Experience Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature Radical Re-Readings

Assessment method

The course is assessed primarily through essays, research projects, presentations, coursework and your professional portfolio.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

• Direct entry to years 2 (Level 5) or 3 (Level 6) We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. • Level 5 (year 2) entry To directly enter the second year of this course you will need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 120 undergraduate credits at Level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area. • Level 6 (year 3) entry To directly enter the third year of this course you need to show appropriate knowledge and experience. For example, you are an ideal candidate if you have 240 undergraduate credits (at Levels 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

Additional entry requirements


A telephone interview is required

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with 5.5 in each individual component.
TOEFL (iBT)80with a minimum of 20 in each individual compoenent.

Solent University can also accept the following English Language Test: Duolingo English Language Test 110 overall with a minimum of 90 in each component. All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £14500 Year 1
International £14500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Solent University offers a number of bursaries, grants and scholarships. For more information, please visit

English and Creative Writing at Solent University (Southampton) - UCAS