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English Literature and Creative Writing Staffordshire University Degree level: Undergraduate

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English Literature and Creative Writing at Staffordshire University is a small and friendly department in which all staff and students know each other and are on first name terms. We pride ourselves on our exceptional levels of student support.

Our degree pathways in English, English and Creative Writing and Creative Writing give you the chance to combine the analytical precision of English with your own flair and passion for creating literature. Ezra Pound famously said that ‘literature is news that stays news’. He also implored his fellow poets to ‘make it new’. The English and Creative Writing degrees at Staffordshire University embrace both of these positions.

On our English pathway, you’ll pay close attention to the developments in literature, from Shakespeare to the experiments and innovation of 20th and 21st centuries. In Creative Writing you will focus on key compositional skills in a range of genres and knowledge of the publishing industry. The English and Creative Writing pathway gives you the chance to range across critical and creative practice. Flexible module choices and innovative critical-creative modules allow you to study across the pathways.

During your course, you’ll explore how writers have transformed the portrayal of the world, constantly remaking how we think about literature and even what literature is. You'll contextualise great works through critical and theoretical interpretations and discover your own approaches to writing by engaging with the finest prose, poetry, drama and screenwriting.

Across all of our pathways, you’ll be welcomed by a friendly team of experts who are publishing critics and authors. Our dedicated team are here to look after your future, consistently achieving 90% and above for Overall Student Satisfaction in the National Student Survey and 100% for teaching and feedback.

On successful completion of study, you will gain a degree in: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing (English Literature), BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing or BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing (Creative Writing).

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Modules

English Literature pathway

In the Year 2 core module, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts by covering a range of authors from Dickens to Virginia Woolf. Our wide range of optional modules such as Children’s Writing, American literature, Gothic, Magical Realism, Crime Writing and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts.

In Year 3, alongside your option modules, you can complete an extended piece of supervised research. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops we will work with you to expand your knowledge and understanding of literature across centuries and continents.

Year 1 Compulsory Modules
Introduction to English Studies, Introduction to Creative Writing, British Literature since 1945, Writing for Success and Imagining America.

Year 2 Compulsory Modules
Victorian Modernity

English Literature and Creative Writing pathway

In Year 2, core modules in Victorian literature and Writing for Publication consolidate your knowledge of a key area of literary studies and essential professional writing skills. Our wide range of option modules such as Children’s Writing, American literature, Gothic, Magical Realism, Crime Writing and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts. Creative writing modules will develop your poetry, prose fiction, screen-writing and non-fiction writing and will introduce you to the professional skills of editing and publishing. Our innovative creative-critical modules allow you to study major genres in literature and be assessed through a creative genre piece.

In Year 3, alongside your option modules, you can complete an extended piece of supervised research OR a creative project. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops we will work with you to build your writing portfolio and expand your knowledge and understanding of literature across centuries and continents.

Year 1 Compulsory Modules
Introduction to English Studies, Introduction to Creative Writing, British Literature since 1945, Writing for Success and Imagining America.

Year 2 Compulsory Modules
Victorian Modernity, Writing for Publication.

Creative Writing pathway

In Year 2, core modules in Identity and Place and Writing for Publication consolidate your knowledge of prose writing and essential professional writing skills. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts. Option modules will develop your poetry, prose fiction, screen-writing and non-fiction writing and will introduce you to the professional skills of editing and publishing. Our innovative creative-critical modules allow you to study major genres (realism, Gothic, Magic Realism, Crime Fiction) in literature and be assessed through a creative genre piece.
In Year 3, alongside your option modules, you can complete an extended creative project. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops we will work with you to build your writing portfolio and expand your knowledge of genres and the publishing industry.

Year 1 Compulsory Modules
Introduction to English Studies, Introduction to Creative Writing, British Literature since 1945, Writing for Success and Imagining America.

Year 2 Compulsory Modules
Identity and Place, Writing for Publication.

Assessment method

English employs an innovative range of assessments including essays, e-learning exercises, poster presentations, reports, reflective diaries, and oral presentations.


How to apply

You can no longer submit a new application for courses starting in 2019.

If you already have a 2019 application and are in Clearing, you can add this course as a Clearing choice in Track – contact the university or college first to check they have places.

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 QW41
Institution code S72
Campus name Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

For further details of what is and is not included in your tuition fees please visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees/

Provider information

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Staffordshire University
College Road
Stoke on Trent
ST4 2DE


Clearing contact details

Admissions

01782 294400


Course contact details

Main Contact

01782 294000

Fax: 01782 295704