Creative Writing and English (with Foundation Year)

Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Glyndŵr University (Prifysgol Glyndŵr)
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Our BA Hons Creative Writing and English degree provides students with the opportunity to study a range of genres and styles of literary texts, within a broad range of historical periods in order to give you an understanding of how literature is a product of culture and the way it has developed over time. The programme: • provides the experience of writing practice as well as engagement with the processes of textual production undertaken by existing writers • equips you with essential skills, qualifications and experience to start a career in a wide range of professions • the Foundation Year in Humanities will introduce students to a diverse range of themes and activities from the disciplines of History, English Literature, Creative Writing, Theatre and Media. Students will: • acquire knowledge of critical theoretical approaches together with the skills of analytical thinking • learn that composition is closely related to drafting, editing and polishing and the work you do will lead to the completion and evaluation of a finished product • develop and demonstrate analytical skills through the essay form and your own practice • develop a good understanding of industry practice and benefit from Glyndwr’s memorandum of agreement with Literature Wales • All creative writing modules taken by single-honours students are designed to provide experience of writing practice across a variety of genres. • In the textual studies element of the programme students will be able to demonstrate analytical skills through creative practice. • Students will develop a good understanding of industry practice. • Students will have the benefits of Glyndwr’s Memorandum of Agreement with Literature Wales. • 1st in Wales for overall satisfaction and 1st in Wales for teaching satisfaction (WGU analysis of unpublished 2018 NSS data)

Course details


YEAR 1 (FOUNDATION YEAR) MODULES Introduction to Humanities (Part 1) - In this module, you will study some of the major methods and approaches which underpin Humanities-based study. Introduction to Humanities (Part 2) - This module will further develop your knowledge and application of relevant Humanities-based approaches, and encourage a deeper understanding of the connections between subjects. Media Culture - This module introduces students to a wide range of media texts and resources and encourages debates about the changing face of media culture. Personal Project - This module encourages students to use the skills and knowledge they have acquired on the course to produce a project which best suits their interests and future direction of study. The skills you need- Develop an appropriate grounding in key academic, personal and professional skills required for successful study at higher education level and progression through Honours degree programmes and subsequent employment and/or further study. (This module can also be delivered in Welsh) Contextual Studies - This module aims to introduce you to a variety of contemporary issues. It will enable you to relate to your area of interest with the issues presented and instigate healthy discussion and reflective practice amongst your subject groups. YEAR 2 (LEVEL 4) In your second year, you will study introductory modules which are designed to provide skills for studying at university within the fields of English and Creative Writing. You will engage creatively and imaginatively with existing models and produce your own original writing. MODULES Introduction to Genre – Core (20 credits) Introduction to Creative Writing – Core (20 credits) Life Writing – Option (20 credits) Personal, Professional and Academic Skills – Core (20 credits) Critical Thinking – Core (20 credits) Introduction to Writing For Children – Option (20 credits) The Language of Creative Writing – Core (20 credits) Text to Screen - Option (20 credits) All 20 credit level 4 modules will have 36 hours of scheduled teaching and 164 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by a 4000-word portfolio or the equivalent coursework. YEAR 3 (LEVEL 5) MODULES Romantic and Victorian Writing – Core (20 credits) Creative Writing For Adults -Option (20 credits) Writing Historical Fiction - Option (20 credits) The Short Story – Option (20 credits) Experimental Writing – Core (20 Credits) Writing Crime Fiction and Thrillers – Option (20 credits) Independent Project – Option (20 credits) Research Methods – Core (20 credits) All 20 credit level 5 Creative Writing modules will have 30 hours of scheduled teaching and 170 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by 4000 words of written work or a presentation and 2000 word proposal in the case of the Research Methods module. The two core English modules in semester 1 Romantic and Victorian Writing and Experimental Writing will be assessed by a 2-hour exam and 2,000-word piece of coursework. YEAR 4 (LEVEL 6) MODULES Dissertation - Option (40 credits) The Extended Project – Core (40 credits) The Contemporary Novel – Option (20 credits) Shakespeare – Option (20 credits) Writing For Children (Extended Practice) – Option (20 credits) Science Fiction - Option (20 credits) Post War Writing – Option (20 credits) The Graphic Novel - Option (20 credits) Gender, Sexuality and Writing – Option (20 credits) The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment method

Coursework is the most important kind of assessment in the disciplines of English and Creative Writing. English assignments will be analytical and for Creative Writing it is the quality of the final written product that counts, in terms of creativity, originality, and technical proficiency in the use of language. In addition, you will be expected to show accompanying evidence of creative and technical processes, knowledge of reader or client considerations as well as self-critical reflection at various stages of the writing process. The majority of assessment will take the form of portfolios of finished written products, accompanied by critical and discursive accounts of the practices and processes leading to the final submission of written work. All teaching methods are designed to focus your attention on your own creative and technical development as a writer, to develop skills and confidence in critical reflection as a basis for improving drafts, and breadth of expertise as a producer as well as critic of literature and text in general. Within the text-focussed modules the aim is to develop your knowledge, analytical capability, research skills, and confidence in your own writing. The lecture provides subject knowledge, critical approaches to interpretation of literary texts and guidance for discussion and development of different writing styles. The content of lectures and seminars are determined by the module level, with level 4 modules being largely introductory while modules at levels 5 and 6 will be focussed on more in-depth studies of authors and literary periods. The level 4 module Personal, Professional and Academic Skills provides you with a variety of skills and approaches to enable you to become effective learners and which prepares you for your subject studies.

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How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Course codeCEFY
Institution code G53
Campus nameWrexham
Campus code-

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff 48 points Our general entry requirement for the foundation year is 48 UCAS tariff points but all applications are considered individually and we consider work experience, vocational training/qualifications as well as motivation and potential to succeed. The programme welcomes applications from anyone who can demonstrate a commitment to the subject and the potential to complete their chosen programme successfully. This can be established by showing appropriate academic achievements or by demonstrating that they possess the knowledge and ability equivalent to the academic qualifications.
A level EEE
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
Access to HE Diploma 48 UCAS Tariff points
Scottish Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
AS Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Scottish Advanced Higher 48 UCAS Tariff points
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 48 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff point requirement.
Extended Project Accepted as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) 48 UCAS Tariff points
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 48 UCAS Tariff requirement.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal 48 UCAS Tariff points

Wrexham Glyndwr University takes into account a variety of qualifications and experience when considering applications to our programmes. If you are unsure if the qualifications you currently hold will be accepted for entry, or if you're not sure you'll achieve the required UCAS Tariff points, please contact us at [email protected] for further advice and guidance.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9000* Year 1
England £9000* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9000* Year 1
Scotland £9000* Year 1
Wales £9000* Year 1
Channel Islands £9000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Creative Writing and English (with Foundation Year) at Glyndwr University, Wrexham - UCAS