BA (Hons) English and Creative WritingQ3W8

    Course Overview

    Duration: 3 years full-time or part-time options available
  • ‘English and Creative Writing’ continues to have global impact, both through well-known literature and newly emerging voices.  On our programme you'll identify your own subject emphasis and can choose to focus mainly on Creative Writing or English Literature through a variety of assessment types. You'll also develop your own individual writing style, and engage with the writing-content of your choice.

    Written forms and literature studied include short story and the novel, screenplay, stage play (and the chance to see your writing in performance), children’s writing, memoir, poetry, blog-writing, copy-writing, gothic and sci-fi, travel-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 you will have the opportunity to interact with these professional writers.

    You’ll gain employability skills specific to your individual employment aspirations.  Skills gained which transfer readily to many work environments include high levels of proficiency in written and spoken communication, analytical techniques, and IT through 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 magazine publishing.

    The programme offers various travel opportunities, including the chance to study abroad for a semester (usually in the USA), or involvement with Camp America.  Visits are made to stunning sites in the south-west as we consider how this lovely region influences writing.  There is also a popular residential Writers’ Retreat.  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
  • Children’s literature
  • 20th century text in performance
  • Writing, place and well-being*
  • Engaging with learning: English and creative writing
  • Intertextuality
2nd Year
  • The language of modern fiction
  • Gothic to sci-fi
  • Shakespeare in context
  • Experiential learning
  • Language and ideology
  • Written journalism
3rd Year
  • Screen writing and filmic language
  • Writing and therapy*
  • Romanticism & landscape
  • Poetics and stylistics
  • 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, technical 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, led 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

    The Visiting Writers lead private classes with student and give an evening talk which is open to all and free to attend. Please contact to book a place or to join our mailing list. Click to find out more about the Visiting Writers Series.

    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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    Visiting Writers 2016-17