University of Portsmouth

English and Creative Writing University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate


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Do you see yourself as the next JK Rowling? Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

What you'll experience
On this English and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:

  • Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving

  • Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing

  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions

  • Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog

  • Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

Careers and opportunities
When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)

  • copywriting

  • publishing

  • advertising and marketing

  • arts and events management

  • local and community broadcasting

  • teaching

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • editor

  • publishing assistant

  • copywriter

  • information abstractor

  • narrator

  • projects administrator

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

Course details


Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


  • Introduction to Poetry and Poetics
  • Literary Powers: Renaissance to Romanticism
  • Critical Thinking
  • Telling Tales
  • Tips, Tricks, Techniques
  • True Stories

There are no optional modules in this year.


  • Styles And Subversions: Nineteenth Century To The Present Day
  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim
  • The Short Story
  • Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults


  • Puritans To Postmodernists: American Literature
  • Revolutions! Literature And Change, 1700-1830
  • Nation and Travel
  • Professional Experience
  • Student Enterprise
  • The Magazine
  • The Script
  • Victorian Literature and Visual Culture
  • Making a Spectacle: The Ruse of English Drama

(Core and Optional)

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Creative Writing Dissertation
  • Dissertation/Major Project (English Literature)
  • Dwelling: Memory, Being, Place and the Modern
  • Ecocritical Perspectives: Environment and Literature, 1820-1939
  • Enlightenment: Literature, Culture and Modernity
  • European Literary Decadence
  • Fact and Fiction
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Love, War and Friendship in Renaissance Poetry: John Donne to Katherine Philips
  • Mortals and Immortals: Man, God and the Devil in Early Modern Literature
  • The Literary Journalist
  • Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
  • Tracing Borders: Women and Writing 1890-1940
  • Travel Writing
  • US Masculinities
  • Writing Project (with Publishing)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • short stories
  • a novel in progress
  • a screenplay
  • a collection of poems
  • a video production
  • presentations
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by written exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points 104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from A level English. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.
A level 104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including English at grade C.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.
Access to HE Diploma 106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (relevant subject).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-48, to include a Principal Subject in Literature in English at M3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 points 26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from Higher Level English.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 To include Higher Level English at H3.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English Qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 Tariff points, including English at grade D.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 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

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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