BA (Hons) English and Creative WritingQ3W8

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time options available
  • Our English and Creative Writing course explores the global impact of both literature already published and newly emerging voices. You'll identify your own subject emphasis and can chose to focus mainly on creative writing or English literature and from a number of assessment types. You'll also develop your own individual writing style, and engage with the writing-contents of your choice.

    Written forms and literature studied include screenplay, stage play (including the chance to see your writing in performance), short story and the novel, memoir, poetry, blog-writing , copy-writing, gothic and sci-fi, travel-writing, children’s writing, nature writing, written journalism, Shakespeare, Romanticism, and more besides. The study of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is also an option. You’ll have the opportunity to see your writing published and distributed in Ellipses, a professionally produced, quality journal of the best of student writing which is now an annual feature on the programme. The tutors, are research active and academically qualified as well as being creative practitioners, so that the programme provides both academic rigour, and creative guidance drawn from direct experience. A series of Visiting Writers also feeds onto the programme and students are invited to interact with these professional writers.

    You’ll gain employability skills specific to your individual employment aspirations – not least through work placements or projects. These include writing, analytical, oral communication and IT skills which transfer readily to many work environments, including those which involve the understanding of rhetorical technique and enable effective and persuasive writing. You can also gain experience of screenwriting, publishing and blogging software. Experiential placements, or projects, see students engage with the subject in work environments of their choosing.  These include, but are not limited to, online teaching with refugee students overseas; online writing for a charity; placements in primary and secondary schools; proof reading; desktop publishing; arts event management; theatre review writing, and fashion magazine publishing.

    The programme offers various travel opportunities, including study abroad for a semester(usually in the USA) and involvement with Camp America. There is also a popular residential Writers’ Retreat, set in the removed and spectacular setting of Boscastle in Cornwall, we spend three nights at a cosy harbour-side venue with self-directed time in which to write, read, share each other’s work, go for coastal walks, eat good food, write, read and write some more.

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* denotes a new module which is subject to validation:

1st Year
  • The Craft of Writing
  • From Gothic to Sci-fi
  • 20th Century Text in Performance
  • Text and Context
  • Writing, Place and Well-Being *
  • Engaging with Learning: English and Creative Writing
2nd Year
  • The Language of Modern Fiction
  • Shakespeare in Context
  • Digital and Desktop Publishing *
  • Experiential Learning
  • Language and Ideology
  • Written Journalism OR Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
3rd Year
  • Screen Writing and Filmic Language
  • Writing and Therapy: Theory and Practice *
  • Elements of Style: Poetics, Copy and Commercial Writing
  • Romanticism & Landscape
  • Creative Writing OR English Literature Dissertation

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

A high percentage of students graduate with the 2.1 or 1st class honours degree so valued by employers. The highly developed communication and analytical skills the programme engenders lend themselves to many working environments including writing for new media and publishing. Past students have gone on to secure writing roles in the creative industries, museum communications, techincal industries, events management, or media and publishing contexts.

Many graduates progress to study at Masters Level, some continued to Masters programmes in 2016 and many graduates progress to a one year postgraduate teacher training programme such as PGCE or School Direct.

ALUMNI OF BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Current Students


Course Leader

The course is conducted by a team of academics, lead by Dr Hayden Gabriel. The team includes a published novelist and poet and has rich experience in creative writing, English language and linguistic research, acting, publishing and much more. They bring research expertise relating to the relationship between place, writing and well-being, and vocational contexts for writing.


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    Visiting Writers

    Visiting Writers confirmed so far for 2016-17 are Lucy Christopher on 1 November and Harry Parker on 22 November (and further events will be added for February and March 2017). The Visiting Writer evening events are open to all and free to attend; please contact to be added to our mailing list. The visiting writers will also hold private classes with students. Click to find out more about our past visiting writers.

    Field trips and off campus opportunities

    Field trips confirmed for 2016-17 are the Residential Writers’ Retreat and visits to Dartmoor; other options include study for one semester in the USA.

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