The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing is also available as a four year course including an integrated foundation year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the degree.
You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before progressing onto the three year degree programme.
Develop your own imagination and writing craft, and explore major texts and movements in English literature as well as reading and working with contemporary writers. This dynamic English and Creative Writing degree combines intensive study of creative and professional writing with a range of complementary modules that explore English literature, English language, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). You can choose to study the whole range or focus your degree on Creative Writing and just one or two other areas.
Alongside developing your skills in writing fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and non-fiction, you’ll gain specialist skills in analysis, close reading and writing. The development of these skills means you’ll be ready for the workplace when you graduate. There are also many opportunities to showcase your written work at the University.
During the Foundation Year (Humanities) you will study the following compulsory modules:
You will also study two modules from the following options:
•Media and Cultural Studies
Course and module overview:
The module will provide the learner with opportunities to explore their examination and revision techniques and overall planning along with furthering their written and discussion skills. Skills addressed would include note taking, essay writing, discussions, referencing, planning assignments and revising for examinations, whilst also recognising different approaches to studying.
To enable the learner to become competent researching, planning and writing an independent interdisciplinary project. The learner will develop oral presentation skills and deliver and evaluate an oral presentation.
English Studies combines a variety of units that focus on the processes of reading and writing. Students are encouraged to take a close look at how different meanings are created through a close study of author’s work in units such as “Introduction to Poetry”, “Reading Novels”, and a study of Shakespeare. Further, there is an opportunity to study these and other forms such as journalism, blogging etc. to produce work in the Creative Writing unit.
This module focuses on development of the historical skills of investigation, analysis of primary sources, recognition of key debates and contending perspectives and presentation of findings. You will develop a competence in using a range of sources including sites and buildings, museums, census data, social surveys, election manifestos, oral and written testimonies and archive film to ask questions of, and understand, the past. These skills are developed through studying three discrete topics: the development of local towns from the Celto-Roman period to post-industrial society; war and social change in the twentieth century; and the ‘swinging’ sixties. From the beginning of the course, the emphasis is on ‘doing’ history and on presenting your findings through a variety of formats including oral presentations, a research project and essays.
Statistics / Further Maths
You will study a number of topics during this module including Introductory Statistics, Algebraic Techniques and Introductory Calculus.
Psychology is the study of behaviour and this module will investigate the development of behaviour throughout the life span, from birth right up to older adulthood. Through a variety of real life case studies and your own piece of psychological research, you will examine what happens when things work out positively (attachment and bonds, pro social behaviour), and also what can happen when things don’t work out as expected (mental health issues, anti-social behaviour).
Media and Cultural Studies
Culture and Media Studies offers a close look at a number of important organisations, practices and issues, and explores the ways in which they work, including their impact upon our society. You will study topics including “What is News?”, “Advertising, Shopping and Consumerism”, “Images and Representations” and “Does Violent Media Create a Violent Society”. Media and Cultural Studies is aimed at getting behind the stories in the headlines and asking what these tell us about the world that we live in, and the cultures of which we are a part.
For full details of BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing modules, please see the relevant course entry.
How to apply
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!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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
|UCAS Tariff||Not accepted|
|A level||EE||Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||PPP||Combinations with other listed qualifications are acceptable and others not listed may also be acceptable – please contact email@example.com.|
|Access to HE Diploma||P: 45 credits||
Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes. The remaining 15 credits will be level 2 or ungraded.
Combinations of credits amounting to the same tariff points are acceptable – if you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.”
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|