Liverpool John Moores University

English Literature and Creative Writing Liverpool John Moores University Degree level: Undergraduate


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The BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to develop your writing skills with professional guidance and peer support from practicing writers, publishers and agents.

  • Professional guidance and peer review to help you develop your work to publishable standard
  • Regular literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work
  • Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales
  • Our acclaimed Writer at Work module provides an opportunity for you to pursue a work-based project

Course details


Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 4

English Literature:

•Literary & Cultural Theory
•Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
•Reading English

Creative Writing:

•Introduction to Prose
•Introduction to Poetry
•Introduction to Screenwriting

Level 5

English Literature:

The following options are typically offered:

•Adolescence & Writing
•American Spaces
•Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature & Culture
•Cultures of Childhood
•Modernism & Modernity
•Poetry Matters
•Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
•Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession c. 1700-1900
•Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction, and Representation
•Work Experience Modules, including Working in the USA and International Experience

Creative Writing:

The following options are typically offered:

•Level 5 Creative Writing
•Poetry Writing Workshop
•Short Story 1
•Short Prose
•Screen 1
•Screenplay and Treatment
•The Fantastic
•Approaching your Novel
•Dramatic Writing for Radio & Stage

Level 6

English Literature:

The following options are typically offered:

•Genres of Travel
•Locating Madness
•Our House: Representing Domestic Space
•Post-Millennial British Fiction
•Race in America
•Remembering and Forgetting: Slaves, Soldiers, Suffragettes
•Representing Masculinities
•Terrorism and Modern Literature
•Tales of the Market: Capitalism & Critique
•Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
•Vamps & Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction, 1839-2005

Creative Writing:

The following options are typically offered:

•Advanced Poetry Workshop
•Poetry Portfolio
•Prose Portfolio 1
•Prose Portfolio 2
•Advanced Scriptwriting
•Script Portfolio
•Digital Writing
•Writer at Work
•Writer at Work: The Project

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Assessment method

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods.

All assessment in Creative Writing is by coursework and includes a creative portfolio (about 50% of the marks), plus class contributions, essays, treatments, pitches, learning logs, journals, peer critique, projects, commentaries, group work and presentations.

You will normally be given two or three different assessment tasks per module. Once you reach your final year, your creative work or project will account for 70% of the course, and the remaining 30% taking the form of critical commentary or reflective analysis.

In English Literature, assessments include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In your final year, you can even choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay in some modules.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback on draft creative work, but for assessments feedback is provided within 15 working days of submitting a piece of work. You will have opportunities to discuss feedback with your personal tutor and course lecturers; this is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code WQ83
Institution code L51
Campus name Liverpool John Moores University
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 points Applicants are required to obtain Grade C in A2 English.
A level Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below:

• Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths
• NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading
• Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English
• Higher Diploma in Maths/ English
• Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English
• Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
• Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 * Year 1
International £14,450 Year 1
England £9,250 * Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 * Year 1
Scotland £9,250 * Year 1
Wales £9,250 * Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

All figures are subject to yearly increases. The Department for Education (DfE) have recently announced that they will be freezing tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year.

Provider information

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Liverpool John Moores University
Egerton Court (Headquarters)
2 Rodney Street
L1 2UA

Course contact details

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Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

0151 231 5175