University of Plymouth

English and Creative Writing University of Plymouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Want to find your voice? Hone your craft as a writer by studying others. Immerse yourself in the words that have shaped our world. Learn how to write poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenplays and more. Get published and experience the professional writing process. Throughout this course you’ll write, think and grow – discovering what sort of writing sets your imagination soaring. Studying English alongside creative writing will broaden your horizons preparing you for many rewarding professions.

Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships. Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine, and experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

  • Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies and creative writing.

  • Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years.

  • Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams.

  • Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships.

  • Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment.

  • Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers.

  • Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US.

  • Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine.

  • Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hours 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection.

Course details

Modules

In your first year, you'll study historical, theoretical, aesthetic and creative approaches to literary analysis. You’ll read literature which investigates the making of the modern world; engage with exciting theories of reading such as eco-criticism, psychoanalysis and Marxism; and write creatively in a wide range of genres including prose, poetry, drama and professional writing. You will also learn key research and essay-writing skills.

In your second year, you’ll write creatively in many forms including theatre and script-writing, autobiography and biography, travel writing, and literary adaptation. You will hone your skills as a writer in weekly workshops with tutors and peers. You’ll also study the writers who've shaped our literary canon, taking core modules in Romantic and Victorian literature, and selecting from a range of specialist creative, literary and work-based learning options.

In your final year, you’ll refine your reading and writing, undertaking workshops to polish your skills in research and revision. Core modules will bridge your writing and reading experience, as you study widely-differing examples of the short story and contemporary poetry. You’ll have further opportunities to write creatively and critically, including your own year-long project – a 12,000 word creative dissertation, which you'll work on with the focused support of your personal supervisor.

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.

Assessment method

100% of assessment is 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!

Application codes

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

Course code WQ83
Institution code P60
Campus name Main Site
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

International applicants

The University of Plymouth has a dedicated International Student Advice (ISA) service who will support you from the day you accept an offer at the University, right through to graduation. They will offer help and advice so you can get the most out of your studies, and your time in the UK, visit www.plymouth.ac.uk/student-life/services/international-students/international-student-advice for more information. Once you have applied through UCAS, your conditional offer letters will also be sent to you by email, so be sure to enter your current email address on your application and to check this email regularly. You'll need your unconditional letter, and the Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) that we'll send you, when applying for your student visa to the UK. A minimum £2,000 tuition fee deposit will be required before we'll send you the CAS. We're a licenced Tier 4 Sponsor under the Points Based System. To comply with our duties as a Tier 4 sponsor, we're required to check other aspects of your application in addition to your academic achievements, for example any previous studies, financial status and your immigration history in the UK. For course entry requirements (inc. English requirements) please refer to the specific page for the course you are interested in (www.plymouth.ac.uk/study). A recognised English language qualification (e.g. IELTS) would be required or successful completion of one of the University's pre-sessional English Language courses. Check our country pages to find out more about application from your specific home country www.plymouth.ac.uk/international/study/international-students-country-guides. International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees If you have any questions please contact international-admissions@plymouth.ac.uk


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 104 - 112 points Including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.
A level 104-112 tariff points, including a minimum of 2 A Levels, including Grade B at A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology), excluding General Studies.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.
Access to HE Diploma Pass a named Access to HE Diploma (e.g. Preferably English, Humanities or Combined), with at least 33 credits at Merit and/or Distinction.
Scottish Higher In combination with Advanced Highers
AS Considered in combination
Extended Project Considered in combination
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 26 - 28 points Including Higher Level English or a related subject (e.g. Creative Writing, History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology) at Grade 5.
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 - H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 Including H3 or above in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology).
Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D - D*D* Usually in combination with other qualifications, please contact the Institution for further information.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Considered in combination
Scottish Advanced Higher 104-112 tariff points, including two Advanced Highers, including Grade B in English Language, Literature or Creative Writing, or a related subject (e.g. History, Philosophy, Film Studies, Sociology)
English and Mathematics accepted within as GCSE equivalent.
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) Considered in combination

GCSE Mathematics and English at Grade C / 4 required. If you do not meet this criteria please seek further advice with the Admission Team on admissions@plymouth.ac.uk.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with 5.5 in all elements.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £13,800 * 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

* Full and part time fees shown are per annum. * Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change. * For all information about tuition fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * International fees, please visit our fees and funding pages. * ‘Islands’ refers to fees for both the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

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