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Course summary

Develop as a creative and professional writer while exploring the writing that has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies by studying our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else. You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students. You’ll also find out how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences individual readers and the whole of society. You’ll also learn about many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art, which will enrich your writing. Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your abilities as a writer. You can tailor your Writing and English Literature degree to your ideal career with our wide range of optional modules, including work-based modules in Years 2 and 3. We’ll support you to find work placements relevant to your chosen career. You can also take an optional placement year. You’ll also have the option to learn a language with our Anglia Language Programme in Years 2 and 3, and/or study abroad for a semester and apply for funding to help cover the cost. You’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork, all of which can help you start a career in many different areas. The impact of our English Language & Literature research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021. Outstanding student support Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.
  • make the most of studying in the picturesque city of Cambridge, with its wealth of literary connections and opportunities
Careers Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature students go on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration. The literacy, creativity, problem-solving, research, analysis and communication skills our Writing and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team. You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature or Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 core modules: A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters; A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory; Introduction to Imaginative Writing; Screenwriting: The Short Film; Fundamentals of Publishing. Year 2 core modules: Writing Short Fiction; Romantic Conflicts; Victorian Literature and Culture; Writing for the Stage; Ruskin Module. Year 2 optional modules: Reading Beyond Britain; Film Criticism and Reviewing; Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance; Science Fiction; Contemporary Issues in Stylistics; The European Novel: Desire and Transgression; Modernism and the City; History of English; Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature; Writing Historical Fiction; Anglia Language Programme. Year 3: Work placement. Year 4 core modules: Writing Poetry; Contemporary Fiction. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of your course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in 'crits', in which you’ll present and defend your work. Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, including a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Qualification requirements

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Please note the fee for the placement year is £1250 (This is a provisional fee and subject to change)
Writing and English Literature [with Placement year] at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS