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- Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
- Internationally respected, universally understood.
- An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
- Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
- Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
- Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing
This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage. The emphasis is very much on practice through guided activities to develop a habit for writing which will involve producing several pieces of creative writing in the forms studied.
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- Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama
- Develop and reflect on your own writing and editorial practice in several genres
- Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplace
- Introduces the world of publishing and the requirements of professional presentation
Find out more about Entry requirements
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities before learning how culture affects the creative process of writing.
- Next, in Stage 2 , you'll focus on your creative writing and English literature studies with two compulsory modules.
- Finally, in Stage 3 , you’ll complete your degree with an advanced creative writing module and an advanced literature module.
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Stage 1 (120 credits).
In Stage 1 you'll encounter a variety of different times and places and engage with some fascinating people, art works, ideas and stories. This broad foundation will help you develop the skills and the confident, open approach you need to tackle more specialist modules at Stages 2 and 3.
Stage 2 (120 credits)
In Stage 2 you’ll be introduced to the creative process, develop your fiction, poetry and life writing skills, and learn about the publishing process. You’ll also choose between looking at whether literature matters by drawing on a range of literary texts and finding out about the ways in which writers of fiction have put together their stories.
Stage 3 (120 credits)
At Stage 3 you’ll develop your writing ability, learning how to sustain longer, more complex works of fiction, life writing and poetry. You'll also learn how to write dramatic scripts for different media. This final stage gives you a choice between two different periods in English literature to focus on.
We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us . This description was last updated on 8 September 2023 .
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- online tutorials
- finding external/third party material online such as ebooks and electronic journals
- working in a group with other students, sometimes in online forums
- using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
- working with specialist reading material such as films and dramatic scripts for different media
- continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, creative writing, reflective commentaries and in some cases an examination
- using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
- engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.
Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.
It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.
You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.
For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.
Classification of your degree
On successfully completing this course, we’ll award you our BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing.
The class of honours (first, upper-second, lower-second or third) will depend on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.
You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.
If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Find out more about international recognition of Open University qualifications .
As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website.
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing
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There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
At The Open University we believe education should be open to all , so we provide a high-quality university education to anyone who wishes to realise their ambitions and fulfil their potential.
Even though there are no entry requirements, there are some skills that you'll need to succeed. If you're not quite ready for OU study we can guide you to resources that prepare you, many of which are free.
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How much time do I need?
- Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year .
- This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week .
Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner
Preparing for study with an Access module
Students who start their study with an Access module are more likely to be successful when they advance to Stage 1 of their qualification. They’re specially designed to give you a gentle introduction to OU study, boost confidence in your study skills, and help you gain a broad overview of your chosen subject area.
You’ll also benefit from:
- feedback from your tutor through regular one-to-one phone tutorials
- support from a dedicated team throughout your study
- detailed written feedback on your work.
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What you will study.
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Fees and funding in England
80% of our students pay nothing upfront by financing their studies with a student loan.
Years of study.
Part-time study gives you the flexibility to balance other commitments with study.
You’ll study for around 16–18 hours a week.
Full-time study enables you to complete your course over a shorter time.
Because OU study is flexible, you don’t have to stick to just part-time or full-time study. You can choose to study more or less each year to suit you.
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Current fee per year in England
How we worked out the cost
A degree is worth 360 credits. The fee per year is based on studying 60 credits per year for 6 years. A degree is worth 360 credits. The fee per year is based on studying 120 credits per year for 3 years.
Total fee for qualification at current prices
You’ll fund your modules as you study them – you won’t have to pay for your whole qualification up front
That’s 1/4 less than the cost of an equivalent qualification offered at most other universities in England.
*The fee and funding information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about the University's fee policy, visit our Fee Rules .
What are my funding options?
There are several ways to fund your study, often without paying anything upfront.
The most common way for our students to fund their study.
- A student loan is used by 80% of our students.
- Open to everyone – it’s not means-tested and there’s no age limit.
- You don’t pay anything upfront. Student Finance England pay your fees directly to the OU for you.
- You won’t pay back a penny until you earn over £25,000.
- The amount you repay is tied to how much you earn. For example, if you earn £27,000 you’ll pay just £15.00 per month.
Open university student budget account (ousba).
Repay in monthly instalments while you study.
Credit/debit card or bank transfer
Pay before each module starts. You can also combine card or bank transfer payments with other payment methods.
More than 1 in 10 OU students are sponsored by their employer.
Enhanced Learning Credits (ELCs)
If you’re a serving member of the British Armed Forces (or you’ve recently left), you may be eligible to use ELCs to cover up to 100% of your course fees.
Which funding options could I be eligible for?
To find out what funding options are available you need to tell us:
- how many credits you want to study
- if you already hold a degree
- if your household is in receipt of benefits
- about your household income
- if you are employed
- if you are a member of the British forces overseas
How many credits are you planning to study per year?
Do you already hold a degree, was your previous degree in the same subject you wish to study now, was it achieved in the last 5 years, are you employed, are you a member of british forces posted overseas.
- If you have a BFPO address, you are only eligible for UK course fees if you are a currently serving member of the British armed forces, and you're temporarily and unavoidably working abroad. Other students using BFPO addresses should contact us on +44 (0)300 303 5303 for UK fee eligibility to be assessed.
*The fee information provided above is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about the University's fee policy, visit our Fee Rules .
Other costs to think about
Your course fees cover your tuition, assessment and study materials, but there are still a few additional costs that can come with studying. If your income is less than £25,000 or you receive a qualifying benefit, you could get help with some of these costs after you start studying.
- You’ll need a computer and the internet to access our learning resources and to participate in online tutorials.
You may be eligible for:
- help with study-related costs like set books and internet access
- a free introductory Access module to build your confidence and skills
- funding to study an OU qualification for free from our Carers’ Scholarships Fund if you are, or have recently been, an unpaid carer
- a Carers’ Bursary towards study-related costs if you provide unpaid care to a friend or family member
- a Care Experienced Bursary of £250 towards study-related costs if you’ve previously been, or are currently, in care
- a Care Experienced Scholarship to study an OU qualification for free if you're care experienced and aged 25 and under
- a Sanctuary Scholarship to study an OU qualification for free if you’ve been displaced from your homeland for political, economic, ethnic, environmental, or human rights pressures
- a Bursary for Black Students of £500 to help with study costs
- funding from our Scholarship for Black Students to study an OU qualification for free if you identify as being from a Black background
If you have a disability
- The Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) is a government grant to cover study support costs if you have a disability. It’s not means-tested, and there’s no age limit. Visit our Supporting students with disabilities page to find out more.
- If your disability is a result of being injured in, or due to, military service, you could be eligible for our Disabled Veterans’ Scholarship Fund .
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*Based on maximum chargeable fees for 23/24 academic year.
**The fee and funding information provided here is valid for courses starting before 31 July 2024. Fees normally increase annually. For further information about the University's fee policy, visit our Fee Rules .
How will I study this course?
With our unique approach to distance learning, you can study from home, work or on the move.
You’ll have some assessment deadlines to meet, but otherwise, you’ll be free to study at the times that suit you, fitting your learning around work, family, and social life.
For each of your modules, you’ll use either just online resources or a mix of online and printed materials.
Each module you study will have a module website with
- a week-by-week study planner, giving you a step-by-step guide through your studies
- course materials such as reading, videos, recordings, and self-assessed activities
- module forums for discussions and collaborative activities with other students
- details of each assignment and their due dates
- a tutorial booking system, online tutorial rooms, and your tutor’s contact details
- online versions of some printed module materials and resources.
If you have additional needs, we can also provide most module materials in alternative formats. Find out more about materials on our accessibility webpage .
See how our module websites work.
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You’ll have a tutor for each module, who will introduce themselves before the module begins.
Throughout the module, they will:
- mark your assignments and give feedback to help you improve
- guide you to learning resources
- support you, whether with general study skills or help with a specific topic.
Tutorials usually take place online, and they’re always optional.
Online tutorials are live presentations with module tutors in dedicated online tutorial rooms and are sometimes recorded.
Our assessments are all designed to reinforce your learning and help you show your understanding of the topics. The mix of assessment methods will vary between modules.
- Usually, a series of online, multiple-choice questions.
- You’ll have a number of these throughout each module, each with a submission deadline.
- They can be made up of essays, questions, experiments or something else to test your understanding of what you have learned.
- Your tutor will mark and return them to you with detailed feedback.
- The final, marked piece of work on most modules.
- Modules with an end-of-module assessment won’t usually have an exam.
- Some modules end with an exam. You’ll be given time to revise and prepare.
- You’ll be given your exam date at least 5 months in advance.
- Most exams take place remotely, and you will complete them at home or at an alternative location.
- If a module requires you to take a face-to-face exam, this will be made clear in the module description, and you will be required to take your exam in person at one of our exam centres.
Progressing to a point where I felt more comfortable writing my assignments, and having my scores reflecting that, made me quite happy because it showed the hard work was being rewarded. Patrick ‘Ricky’ Skene, BSc (Hons) Sport, Fitness and Coaching
Other support and resources
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to our subject-specific Student Support Teams.
They’ll help you with any general questions about your study and updates to your OU account.
To help with your studies, you’ll also have access to:
- our online library, with high-quality online resources to support your study
- other university libraries in the UK and Ireland
- the online Help Centre, which has general information about OU study and support, along with study skills advice
- free Microsoft Office 365 software
- IT and computing support from our Computing Helpdesk.
Find out more about student support and being a part of the OU community.
Having a course that was really varied and studying in a style that worked for Nick, was key to him launching his own business and becoming an entrepreneur.
Skills for career development
Studying English literature and creative writing will equip you with an adaptable set of skills that can give entry to a vast range of occupations, leading in a number of career directions. You’ll learn to evaluate and assimilate information in constructing an argument; and acquire skills of creative and critical thinking, analysis, and communication that are much in demand in the workplace. You’ll also sharpen up essential writing and IT skills. These are key skills that are crucial to many different kinds of complex organisations, and are greatly sought after in the world beyond study – whether you’re already working, volunteering, or changing career.
The breadth of study and the range of analysis, combined with training in clear thinking and communication, make this degree course relevant to a wide variety of careers, including:
- public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
- advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations
- business, banking and retail
- human resources
- charities and campaigning.
Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.
Exploring your options
Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice. This includes online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now , including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career .
In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree:
- tourism officer
- civil servant
- local government and NHS management
- advertising account manager
- marketing officer
- public relations manager
- media researcher
- charity campaigner
- retail manager
- business and HR management
- information archivist.
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Creative Writing and English Literature, BA Hons
With our creative writing and English literature degree, you'll explore great literary works and be inspired to find your own creative voice.
Our degree in creative writing and English literature explores literature, drama, poetry, fiction, visual art and theatre, mostly from 1800 onwards. You will examine the works themselves and the social and historical contexts in which they were written. The creative writing aspects of the course complement this, enabling you to focus on writing fiction, poetry, performance writing, playwriting, screenwriting and journalism.
Popular career options for our creative writing and English literature graduates include professional writing, research, teaching, journalism, publishing and arts administration. You can continue your studies or move into areas such as teaching with one of our postgraduate degrees.
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- 3 years full-time
- 6 years part-time
- 4 years sandwich
Home/international fees 2024/25.
What you should know about this course
- This course provides a grounding in literature from the Renaissance to the present day. Literature is interpreted broadly to include drama and visual narratives.
- It combines English literature and creative writing in order to develop an understanding of literary texts through both study and practice.
- You will develop your voice as a writer and a professional by broadening your creative and industry skills.
- Produce work for the stage and screen, and gain proficiency in writing for online media.
- The course provides a structured framework for the development of your creative work, with regular feedback from lecturers.
A look at the Greenwich area's literary history
From print to screen, the Greenwich area - and even our campus - has played backdrop to some pretty well-known stories.
What you will study
Course information is currently unavailable for this programme. Please contact [email protected] for more information.
Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
About the course team
You will be taught by an experienced team of professional and qualified writer/practitioners with industry experience. Our research and consultancy work informs our academics, and over 90 per cent of our lecturers hold a teaching qualification.
If I could use one word to describe the University of Greenwich, I'd say community. Students come from all walks of life. It has changed me immeasurably and for the better. - Ryan Bryce, BA Creative Writing and English Literature, 2020
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We are offering virtual events so that you can still experience how Greenwich could be the right university for you.
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If you are a UK citizen or have permanent residency from outside the UK
UK citizens and permanent residents
- 112 UCAS Tariff points . We accept A Levels, T Levels, BTECs, Access to HE and all other qualifications with UCAS Tariff points.
- In addition, you will need: GCSE Mathematics at grade 4/C and GCSE English Language/Literature at grade 4/C. Equivalent qualifications may be considered.
- We make Contextual offers to this programme. Applicants that meet specific eligibility criteria will be made a contextual offer with a reduced tariff of up to 16 UCAS Tariff points. Other entry requirements such as GCSEs, Interview, etc., will still need to be met. For further information, please see our Contextual Admissions Policy .
For more information, contact [email protected] or 020 8331 9000 .
You can also read our admissions policy.
International entry requirements
The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.
For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.
Alternatively, please contact us:
- By telephone: +44 (0)20 8331 8136
- By email: [email protected]
The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses. If you cannot find your country on this list, please contact [email protected] .
Further information about entry
For more information, contact us at [email protected] or call us on 020 8331 9000. You can also read our admissions policy .
Available to overseas students?
Can i use prior learning.
For entry: applicants with non-traditional qualifications or appropriate professional experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from modules of this degree.
How you will learn
The following data is based on the compulsory modules for this programme.*
* Compiled from modules taught on 2023-2024 courses.
In a typical week learning takes place through a combination of:
Learning takes place through a combination of timetabled learning and independent study.
You can view more information about how each module is taught within our 'What you will study' section.
Seminars and workshops enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups. You will also be able to meet your personal tutor. Timetabled learning may fall between 9am and 9pm depending on your courses and tutorials.
Lectures are normally attended by larger groups, and seminars/tutorials by smaller groups. This can vary more widely for modules that are shared between degrees.
Outside of timetabled sessions, you are also expected to dedicate time to self-study. This will involve further reading and research, preparing coursework and presentations, completing writing exercises, and preparing for workshops. You will be expected to read the work of other students and to contribute your own writing on a regular basis.
You can use our Stockwell Street Library and online resources to support you in these activities.
In addition, during the week you can also:
- Attend additional support classes in some modules
- Attend guest lectures from industry experts
- Take part in employability and enterprise workshops
- Join student societies.
If you are studying full-time, you should expect the workload to be similar to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of courses you are studying.
Each module you study towards this degree is worth 30 credits. This represents around 300 study hours. If you receive 50 contact hours for a 30-credit module, you should expect to commit 250 hours to independent study to complete it successfully.
Students are assessed through a combination of assessment methods depending on the modules chosen.
You can view how each module is assessed within our 'What you will study' section.
Each course has formal assessments which count towards your grade. Some courses may also include 'practice' assignments, which help you monitor progress and do not count towards your final grade.
We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.
Dates and timetables
The academic year runs from September to June.
Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.
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Fees and funding.
Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.
Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. University accommodation is available from just over £100 per person per week (bills included), depending on your location and preferences. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost.
Funding your study
There is a range of financial support options available to support your studies, including the Aspire@Greenwich award for study resources that many full-time students will receive.
EU students may be eligible for a bursary to support their study. View our EU bursary to find out more.
Discover more about grants, student loans, bursaries and scholarships. We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.
Trips: On some modules, you may take occasional field trips to museums, galleries and theatres. Some of these are free, while others require a contribution (usually 50% of the ticket cost). Some trips may be tied into assessments, but alternative arrangements can be made if you are unable to pay.
Resources: Course texts and other study resources are available from our Stockwell Street Library. You may wish to purchase your own copies.
Careers and placements
Will i have a work placement.
This course can be taken in sandwich mode, which means you can take a year to work in industry between your second and final years of study. Sandwich placements are relevant to your degree subject and are paid roles. It is the very best way of preparing you for successfully finding a job quickly when you graduate.
You will also have the option to select a module for which you will be required to undertake a short-term placement. The module will be assessed on your reflection on this placement and how you can apply your knowledge to the workplace. Many placements are found through our network of industry contacts, and students are supported in securing these.
How long is my placement?
Sandwich placements last for between 9-13 months. Work-based learning module placements are normally one day a week for either one or two terms depending on the number of credits available from the module.
What are the financial arrangements?
Sandwich placements are paid roles whereas work-based learning module placements are normally unpaid.
What sort of careers do graduates pursue?
The skills you acquire through studying our courses will prepare you for careers in a wide range of industries and jobs. Graduates of this course have gone on to pursue a career in research, journalism, publishing, the media or arts administration, or central or local government. You may even become a professional writer.
There is also the option to continue your studies or move into teaching or social work by studying for a postgraduate qualification.
Are internships available?
Students are encouraged to take up Summer internships during the Summer holidays, though it is up to the student to find them. Support is available to students from the Employability and Careers Service when applying for placements and internships.
Do you provide employability services?
Employability activities take place all the time at Greenwich and students are encouraged to take part in as many opportunities as possible. The central Employability and Careers Service provides support for students preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles, such as CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops. In addition, your School has a dedicated Employability Officer who will be organising work-related activities throughout the year which will help you to build you industry knowledge and networks.
Support and advice
Academic skills and study support.
We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, our subject librarians, and our online academic skills centre.
Where appropriate, we provide support in academic English and mathematics. If you need to use particular IT packages for a specific module, we provide training for this.
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- BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
English and Creative Writing
If you want to get serious about creative writing, the Manchester Writing School – with a proven reputation for developing gifted students into award-winning professional writers – is the ideal place to start.
Our creative writing courses are taught by world-renowned writers from The Manchester Writing School ; one of the most successful of its kind in the UK, with more than 95 graduates and MA students who’ve gone on to become published writers. But skilled writers must also be well-developed readers and this course offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to combine Creative Writing and English as part of a joint degree.
While studying and practising creative writing, you’ll take a range of options from the English degree, including American literature, film, television and cultural studies. As you progress, you’ll have the chance to take part in creative writing workshops, focussing on two options from the selection of: prose, poetry, script and digital. Our placement ro...
What you need to know
- When does the course start? September 2024
3 years full-time
4 years with placement year or study abroad
4-9 years part-time
- How many UCAS points do I need? 104-112
- Where will I study this course? Manchester
Features and benefits
"Looking at other people's writing and learning about history, sociology and philosophy broadens your own perspective and helps you to think about things in different ways, to become a better writer." Samman BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing
In creative writing, students study and practise the art and craft of writing in a wide range of established and new forms, from prose fiction and poetry to screenwriting and writing for computer games. A range of award-winning and internationally celebrated writers teach on the BA programme, including Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Andrew Hurley, Kim Moore, Malika Booker, Susan Barker, Lara Williams, Michael Symmons Roberts, Rachel Genn, Rachel Lichtenstein, Anjum Malik, Nikolai Duffy, Catherine Fox, Livi Michael, Gregory Norminton, Adam O’Riordan, Joe Stretch, Antony Rowland and Jean Sprackland.
Accreditations, Awards and Endorsements
National Student Survey 2023 (NSS) 95.8% student satisfaction - In response to: How good are teaching staff at explaining things?
You will explore genres and understand these in terms of formal and thematic properties. You will examine the relationships between poetry, prose and drama by studying some of the major works that define each genre. You will also consider the reasons why writers make generic and formal choices and in your own creative writing, you will be encouraged to experiment in genres and forms, engaging critically with issues raised by each.
Approaches to Narrative
An introduction to the analysis of narrative forms and genres, focussing primarily on pre-20th Century, 20th and 21st Century texts.
Language and Technique
An introduction to writing techniques focussing primarily on the crafting processes of poetry and prose.
This unit introduces key skills for university study, progressing to research, writing and project development. You will learn skills of close reading and textual analysis, practice on a range of cultural forms and focussed on representations of Manchester as a diverse, international city. You will then develop your own independent project and put into practice the analytical skills developed.
Story and Structure
An introduction to the conventions of storytelling focussing on forms such as flash fiction, short stories, screenwriting and writing for theatre.
Study and assessment breakdown
- Year 1 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 70% independent study
- Year 2 30% lectures, seminars or similar; 70% independent study
- Year 3 100% placement (optional)
- Year 4 10% lectures, seminars or similar; 90% independent study
- Year 1 100% coursework
- Year 2 100% coursework
- Year 4 100% coursework
Optional foundation year
- Study 25% lectures, seminars or similar; 75% independent study
- Assessment 100% coursework
Placement opportunities may be available both in the UK and abroad, in a variety of roles and sectors.
Our dedicated placement team have developed excellent links with various industries. You will be offered support through a preparation programme of activities that includes guidance on selection procedures, working overseas, CV preparation, interview and selection techniques.
You will begin to specialise by taking two out of four writing workshop modules in poetry, script and digital taught by practising writers. You will be encouraged to experiment, to engage with issues raised by formal choices such as point of view and diction, and to develop workshop and editorial skills. You will also learn about the history of the literary transmission of texts. This focuses specifically on texts and their relation to technologies of the age, and the nature and resources of the literary artist. In addition, you will select option units from the wider English programme, including opportunities to study film, and American literature and culture.
Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 2 of this programme but may be subject to change.
Creative Workshop 1
Students focus on two literary forms chosen from a list (for example prose, poetry, scriptwriting) and follow an intensive workshop for one semester.
Students explore literary adaptation, analysing how texts survive and evolve - how the meanings of stories, characters, poems, songs and ideas change across time and across forms. Students will be supported to make adaptations of material encountered on the unit. Students then explore the artistic process underpinning literary adaptation, examining a range of strategies by which a text or existing cultural artefact might be re-made. Students will make their own literary adaptation of an existing story, character, painting, videogame, piece of music or film, whilst reflecting critically on the process.
Global challenges: green literature, film and media.
This unit will analyse the current climate crisis applying the methodologies of creative writing, English literature, or film and media studies.
Manchester City of Literature
This unit will explore the organisations and activities that make up Manchester’s UNESCO City of Literature network, and assess ways in which literary activity can help cities address contemporary global challenges.
Fit for the Future
The unit will take students through the various stages of recruitment from identifying strengths and skills, to job searching and CVs, using platforms such as LinkedIn, and interview practice. Students will build up a portfolio of tasks related to employability, for instance, CV, video interview, assessment centre and reflect on their learning across the unit.
19th Century Writing to Modernism
A unit that is about reading in context, focussing on the relationship between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context in a diverse range of texts and genres from the 19th to early 20th centuries.
American Contemporary Literature & Culture
You will practise reading in context, focussing on the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context in a diverse range of texts and genres from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
American Postwar Literature & Culture
A unit that is about reading in context, focussing on the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and the historical context in a diverse range of texts and genres from the 1940's-1970's.
Cultures of Resistance
This unit investigates cultures of resistance and their historical conditions. To do so, it places a range of resistant cultural texts in dialogue with relevant theoretical and critical material.
Engaging the Humanities 1
An innovative unit which applies interdisciplinary methods and perspectives in a professional and/or public setting. Students work in interdisciplinary teams on one of a range of projects to showcase interdisciplinary skills in practice.
Engaging the Humanities 2
An innovative unit that applies interdisciplinary methods, approaches and perspectives of humanities and social science disciplines to contemporary socio-economic challenges, complementing Engaging the Humanities 1. Each year the unit will address a different contemporary issue or theme.
This unit examines the films, industries, festivals and issues that make up the vibrant cinemas associated with the continent of Europe.
Postcolonial Literature and Culture
This unit explores the legacies of British colonialism as engaged in the literature and culture of postcolonial nations.
Postwar & Contemporary Literature & Culture
A unit that is about reading in context. You will initially focus on a diverse range of texts and genres from the 1940s to the 1970s, considering the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context. Focus will then move onto the relationships between aesthetic form, thematic content and historical context in a diverse range of texts and genres from the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
This unit examines British literature and culture during one of its most significant periods, from the Revolutionary Controversy of the 1790s to the end of the Romantic movement around 1830.
This unit explores the production, reception and dissemination of non-Anglo-American cinema and provides students with the necessary tools to explore global screen cultures. In this unit students will interrogate the issues and experiences of transnational interaction and cross-cultural appropriation, the problems with the concept of authentic `national cinema', and consider the depiction of 'third world' and 'diaspora' populations.
If you choose one of our four-year routes, Year 3 will be spent on placement or studying abroad.
In your final year, you will work with a writer from our team to design and undertake an extended creative project in an area of your choice. Please note that the following list of units is indicative and may be subject to change.
You will work with a supervisor from our creative writing team to define an independent project in a form, and on a topic, of your choosing. This may be focussed on the production of a creative artefact - e.g. a book of poems, a screenplay or a novel chapter - or may involve working on a creative project with an external partner beyond the University, for example an organisation in the creative industries. You will conduct preliminary research, submit a detailed proposal, and undertake a major piece of creative work.
Study Abroad Semester
The Study Abroad unit will involve study for one semester at an approved partner University overseas.
Introduction to Teaching
The unit will aim to introduce English as a core curriculum subject in secondary schools and as an A-level subject. It will provide students with insight into the application of their subject specialism to teaching in school and colleges in England, covering aspects of both curriculum content and subject pedagogy.
American Cinema & National Identity
This unit will focus on representations of the United States’ history, culture and selfhood promulgated by the nation’s movie industry from the early twentieth century to the present day; exploring how Hollywood has articulated, interrogated and dominated available ideas of American national identity.
American Sounds and the City
American Sounds and the City combines the study of American literature, film and music to explore the soundscapes of the American city.
Touching upon a broad range of genres, this unit is concerned with critical and creative conceptions of 'space' and travel (both geographic and metaphorical) in American literature from colonial times to the present.
LGBTQ+ Screens and Cultures
This unit draws on LGBT Studies and Queer Studies to analyse cultural constructions (and manifestations) of non-normative sex, sexes and sexualities.
Cultures of Life and Death: Debates In Contemporary Literature, Film and Theory
This unit investigates the question of the human in contemporary cultural debate. To do so, it draws upon theoretical and critical work in the field and sets these conceptual frameworks in dialogue with a wide range of literary and cinematic texts.
Escapade: Writing Creative Non-Fiction
This unit teaches you how to tell true stories in a post-truth world, how to narrate real-life events (escapades) through innovations in essay writing, observational fieldnotes, literary journalism, life writing and narrative scholarship in a range of media and to understand the ethical consequences of doing so.
Gothic on Screen
This unit provides an analytical study of the gothic mode on screen.
Introduction to Book Publishing
This unit will introduce students to all parts of the book publishing process and industry. Through practical exercises and interactive lectures, students will learn how the industry developed, specialist genres such as children's publishing and how publishers commission, edit, design and produce books in all formats.
Popular Fiction: Reading and Writing Genre
This unit explores novels and novellas for adults that can be categorised as belonging to recognisable commercial and popular genres. You will be expected to engage both critically and creatively a range of genres.
Postcolonialism & Popular Culture
This unit explores the relationship between postcolonialism and popular culture, examining the ways in which colonial histories and legacies are interrogated, mythologised or sublimated within popular cultural forms.
Race and Popular Culture
This unit explores the relationship between race, postcolonialism and popular culture, examining the ways in which colonial histories and legacies are interrogated, mythologised or sublimated within popular cultural forms.
Reading and Writing Children's Literature
This unit provides an analytical study of a range of classic and modern texts written for children. It also uses these texts as models for the production of new texts. The unit also covers appropriate techniques for writing for children.
Reading and Writing Games
This unit provides an analytical study of a range of twenty and twenty-first century games, both analogue and digital. Students will be introduced to the critical and historical field of game studies, and given guidance on the appropriate techniques for writing for gaming and the experience of working with pre-determined project briefs.
Reading and Writing Poetry
This unit focuses on reading and analysing a representative range of work by contemporary poets, and introduces students to relevant critical work. It equips students with critical, analytical and writing skills to read and write poetry effectively. Assessment will give students the opportunity to produce written work in critical and creative modes, and to reflect analytically on their own work. The unit will provide students with the opportunity to attend a major poetry event (e.g. the Forward Prize or the T. S. Eliot prize awards) and to visit poetry readings.
Reading Contemporary Poetry
This unit introduces students to the range and diversity of contemporary poetry, and develops students' own critical skills in relation to the study of contemporary poetry.
This unit provides an analytical study of a range of twenty and twenty-first century games, both analogue and digital. Students will be introduced to the critical and historical field of game studies, and given guidance on the appropriate critical approaches and terminology to enable them to read games and gaming.
Renegade: Writing Literary Fiction
Students will read and research a range of texts and map the terrain of contemporary literary fiction. Students will engage in current debates around the meaning and vitality of literary fiction and the way it intersects with various political movements. Students will engage and experiment with the formal innovation that defines contemporary literary fiction. Students will ultimately offer their own creative responses to the formal and political concerns of the moment through their own creative writing.
This unit is concerned with critical and creative conceptions, constructions and depictions of forms of violence and trauma, and introduces students to representations and theories of trauma drawn from multiple locations (temporal and geographic).
This unit looks at Shakespeare's plays and poems in regard to both his contemporary intellectual, political and social meanings and effect, and the influence of his work on subsequent culture, in terms reception, adaptation and reinvention.
The Global Body
This unit explores ideas and attitudes towards human bodies, medicine and technology in contemporary world literature, film and theory.
Writing and Place
This unit will critically analyse the representation of place in key contemporary texts. These texts, drawn from a range of genres, will be evaluated within the frameworks (including literary geography and ecocriticism) provided by contemporary theoretical debates. The unit will also situate creative and conceptual writing about place within the context of 'real world debates': topics to be covered will include environmental crisis, regeneration and the post-industrial city, and digital technologies and spatial literacy.
Writing Literary Fiction
Writing series drama.
A creative advanced Scriptwriting course which develops skills in team storylining and individual scriptwriting skills in the context of the study of contemporary professional practice.
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These typical entry requirements may be subject to change for the 2024/25 academic year. Please check back for further details.
UCAS Tariff points
GCE A levels - grades BCC or equivalent
Pearson BTEC National Extended Diploma - grade DMM
Access to HE Diploma - Pass overall with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff points
UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma - grade of Merit overall
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - grade DMM
T level - We welcome applications from students undertaking T level qualifications. Eligible applicants will be asked to achieve a minimum overall grade of Merit as a condition of offer
IB Diploma - Pass overall with a minimum overall score of 26 or minimum 104 UCAS Tariff points from three Higher Level subjects
Other Level 3 qualifications equivalent to GCE A level are also considered.
A maximum of three A level-equivalent qualifications will be accepted towards meeting the UCAS tariff requirement.
AS levels, or qualifications equivalent to AS level, are not accepted. The Extended Project qualification (EPQ) may be accepted towards entry, in conjunction with two A-level equivalent qualifications.
Please contact the University directly if you are unsure whether you meet the minimum entry requirements for the course.
Specific GCSE Requirements
GCSE grade C/4 in English Language or equivalent, e.g. Pass in Level 2 Functional Skills English
International Baccalaureate points
Ielts score required for international students.
There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.
Fees and Funding
Foundation year students.
UK, EU and Channel Islands full-time foundation year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Non-EU international full-time foundation year fee: £18,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)
UK and Channel Island Students
Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.
EU and Non-EU International Students
Full-time fee: £18,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time fee: £4625 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.
Compulsory estimate : £300
For the BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing course, students must have access to a copy of all set texts. Primary texts are held in the University library but students often prefer to possess their own copy. Prices vary but many are cheaply available and set texts are often available online for no cost. Students often buy texts second hand, and there is a book exchange in the atrium of the Geoffrey Manton building. Students often choose to buy their own laptops but computers are available on campus. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents.
Some option units include trips to relevant events or venues, such as theatres, exhibitions and libraries, which are all optional.
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Graduates enter a wide range of careers, especially media work and teaching, where their transferable skills are particularly relevant. Recent graduates have become school and college teachers, and gained employment in fields as diverse as banking, finance, manufacturing and retail.
There is also the opportunity to engage in further study and professional training, for example some of our graduates go on to study MA English Studies at postgraduate level where you have the opportunity to build your own bespoke masters experience, reflecting your interests in the further study of English. Alongside this we offer MA Publishing , delivered in collaboration with industry professionals, and many of our students go on to study MA/MFA Creative Writing at our Manchester Writing School , under the creative direction of Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE (Poet laureate 2009-2019).
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BA English Literature and Creative Writing
Annual tuition fees for 2024/25: £9,250 (UK) £22,860 (International) More detail .
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Craft a future in storytelling and literary analysis through an undergraduate BA English Literature and Creative Writing degree at the University of Birmingham. Learn to relish writing in all literary genres from a wide range of critical perspectives while honing your creative skillset in imagining and communicating narratives across genres.
Our internationally renowned academic staff offer a huge selection of literary specialisms across the full historical range to the present day, including:
- Old English
- Gothic Literature
- Fantasy and fandom
- Dystopian fiction
- Poets and Poetry
- Women’s writing
- Children’s literature
Make use of our wide-ranging work-based placements and employability focused modules and graduate with a detailed awareness of and sought-after experience with the creative industries, including:
- Events management
- Film and TV
International undergraduate scholarships available in the College of Arts and Law
We are proud to offer 10 scholarships to international students in the form of £3,000 tuition fee awards for year one entry only.
Learn more about our scholarships and apply
The programme has built my confidence in genres and formats I never would have attempted otherwise. My knowledge and abilities are much more rounded now. The excellent contacts you make being taught by published writers has left me feeling positive about my opportunities after graduation. Emily
Why study this course?
Our undergraduate BA English Literature with Creative Writing degree is for you if you want to:
- Learn from bestselling authors and industry experts – including 2021 Forward Poetry Prize winner Professor Luke Kennard and one of Granta magazine’s 2023 best young novelists Dr Anna Metcalfe.
- Personalise your degree - read and write about the writing and authors that mean most to you: our course gives you the option to study everything from Old English to last year's novels; you can also incorporate optional modules across a vast range of literary genres.
- Go beyond the printed book - take advantage of the wide-ranging expertise within our academic community and explore the study of art, comics, film, marketing, music, social media, textual production, theatre, TV and video games.
- Participate in RSC-led workshops – make use of our internationally renowned Shakespeare Institute, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, collaborate with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and take part in fun and interactive study trips, such as the Stratford Residential and this writing workshop with Playwright Juliet Gilkes Romero .
- Live and study in a city that values the written word as much as you do – explore our exceptional resources, including our Cadbury Research Library, consisting of over 200,000 rare books dating from 1471, as well as the Library of Birmingham, Europe’s largest regional library. Get involved with the numerous on campus writers' groups, including our very own newspaper , radio and TV stations and delve into the various citywide literature festivals.
Please note: You will take 120 credits of modules in each year of study. The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
- Contemporary Creative Writing
- Creative Writing Foundation
- English in the World
- Reading English
Detailed descriptions of first year compulsory modules
- 120 credits of optional modules
List of second year optional modules
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year, you will be eligible to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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- Creative Writing Project or Dissertation in English Literature
- 80 credits of optional modules
Detailed descriptions of final year compulsory modules and list of optional modules
For UK students beginning their studies in September 2024, the University of Birmingham will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year. The fees for your first year of study will therefore be £9,250. Visit our tuition fees page for more information .
Fees for 2024/25 are as follows:
- UK: £9,250
- International: £22,860
Eligibility for fees can be verified with Admissions. Learn more about fees for international students .
For further information on tuition fees, living costs and available financial support, please see our pages on undergraduate fees and funding .
Tuition fees when studying abroad
For those spending a whole academic year abroad (where available):
- Students who are classed as UK for fees purposes are required to pay 15% of their normal annual tuition fee
- Students who are classed as International for fee purposes are required to pay 50% of their normal annual tuition fee
For those studying abroad for just one semester (where available), normal annual tuition fees apply.
Note - Study abroad opportunities vary between courses; please see the course description for details of study abroad options offered.
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Holders of the Matura/Reifeprüfung with a minimum overall score of 'pass with distinction' (mit gutem Erfolg bestanden) and subject grades between 2-1/5 (gut-sehr gut - good-very good) will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. Please refer to the information below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements: Holders of the Matura/Reifeprüfung will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 1 overall plus 1, 1, 2 in elective subjects (inc any required subject/s) AAA - 1 overall plus 1, 2, 2 in elective subjects (inc any required subject/s) AAB - 1 overall plus 222 in elective subjects (inc any required subject/s) ABB - BBB - 2 overall plus 222 in elective subjects (inc any required subject/s) Subject specific grade equivalencies: A* - 1 A - 1.5 B - 2
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We may accept your English language grade from the Austrian Matura/Reifeprüfung if you achieved 2/5 (gut) in English (both written and oral examinations). Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Al-Thanawiyan are not normally eligible for direct entry onto an undergraduate course without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our own foundation pathways.
Higher Secondary Certificate students will be required to take an approved Foundation Programme before they can be considered for entry to the first year of our Bachelor degree programmes (see Birmingham Foundation Pathways).
Holders of a Bachelor of Science, Arts or Commerce degree (with honours) of two, three, or four years in duration from a recognised institution in Bangladesh with a CGPA of 3.0/4 or 65% or higher may be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme.
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For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C/6 or above in the Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education Examination is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, Botswanan nationals with a degree from Botswana or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
GCE A Level examinations (BBB to A*AA), the International Baccalaureate (IB) (32 points overall. HL 5,5,5 to 7,7,6), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways. Students who have successfully completed the first year of a Licenciatura or Bacharelado degree with an overall score of 7.5/10 or higher can be considered.
The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Students from Brunei will usually undertake Brunei/Cambridge GCE A level examinations or Brunei Darussalam Technical and Vocational Educational Council (BDTVEC). Both qualifications allow students to apply for undergraduate degree courses.
Holders of the "Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie, Diploma za Zavarsheno Sredno Obrazovanie, or Diploma za Sredno Spetzialno Obrazovanie" (Diploma of Completed Secondary Education) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies:
- A*AA = 5.8 overall with 5.8 in 2 Matura exams (to include any required subjects)
- AAA = 5.8 overall with 5.6 in 2 Matura exams (to include any required subjects)
- AAB = 5.6 overall with 5.6 in 2 Matura exams (to include any required subjects)
- ABB = 5.4 overall with 5.5 in 2 Matura exams (to include any required subjects)
- BBB = 5.2 overall with 5.5 in 2 Matura exams (to include any required subjects)
Students who hold Cameroon GCE A Levels with good grades or French Baccalaureat with minimum grades of 12/20-15/20 will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programme.
Cameroon has two systems of education, one based on the British model, the other on the French - as long as a student has studied under the British system, they will be exempt from the standard international English requirements with the following grades:
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English Language at grade C or above in the General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, Cameroonian nationals with a degree that was completed in English from Cameroon or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
The University will consider students who have achieved good grades in their High School Graduation Diploma with at least 5 university-preparatory level (Grade 12) courses. For many of our programmes of study, students will need at least a B average, and possibly higher.
Unless otherwise stated qualification guidance is as follows:
A level requirements of AAA = 85% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level.
A level requirements of AAB = 80% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level.
A level requirements of ABB = 75% overall in 6 x grade 12 U or U/C courses. Where an A level subject is required, the course must be at U or U/C level.
For Maths and English GCSE equivalency the student must offer Maths and English at grade 11 minimum. (For UG programmes that require GCSE grade A equivalence, suggest 80% minimum).
Other Canadian Provinces
British Columbia - Grade 12 Senior Secondary Diploma with an average of at least 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA) in 5 grade 12 subjects or Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma if awarded with at least five Bs (BBBBB) or above in acceptable grade 12 courses.
Manitoba - High School Graduation Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA), including 5 credits awarded at the 300 level in at least 4 subject areas, and at least 65% in each subject.
Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northern W. T., Nova Scotia, P. Edward Island, Saskatchewan - General High School Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA) in 5 subjects at Grade 12.
Nunavut - General High School Diploma with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA) across five subjects at grade 12.
Québec - Diplôme d'Etudes Collègiales (DEC) with an overall average of 75% (ABB), 80% (AAB) and 85% (AAA).
Yukon - Senior Secondary Graduation Diploma with an overall average of at least 85% in 5 grade 12 subjects (including provincial examinations where applicable).
Entry to LLB for Graduates
We require a B+ average or a GPA of 3.0/4 in any non-law degree subject.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
We will consider students who have completed GAOKAO for entry to our Undergraduate Programmes. Please refer to our GAOKAO entry requirements for further information.
Holders of the Chinese High School Certificate/Senior Middle School Graduation and a suitable foundation programme, and holders of two/three year Diplomas, with a good performance (80% average or above) from a recognised institution, will be considered for entry to undergraduate programmes.
If you have taken A level or IB diploma, please refer to the course you are interested in on our course finder and you will find entry requirements.
If you have taken exams which are from another country's national education system (e.g. the Arbitur from Germany or SAT and AP exams from the USA) you should consult that specific country page on our website for entry requirements.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Bachillerato together with a recognised foundation programme, such as the Birmingham Foundation Academy, will be considered for entry to our Bachelor degree programmes.
Candidates from Costa Rica generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) Bachiller en la Enseñanza Media plus a recognised foundation programme or c) successfully completed the first year of the Bachiller or Licenciado with 8/10 or higher.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham Foundation Academy, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Maturatna Svjedodzba (Matriculation Certificate) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA-AAA= 5/5 AAB = 4.5/5 ABB-BBB = 4/5 Subject specific requirements: A* - 5 A - 4.5 B - 4
Candidates offering the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) qualification can be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. CAPE is graded on a I to VI scale (I being the highest) and we would typically look for a minimum of II in each subject taken to include I in any required subject and for AAA-AAB offers to include a at least half the subjects at grade I. Candidates offering an Associate degree from a recognised institution may also be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. We would typically require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to include high grades in relevant and required subjects.
Holders of the Apolytirion of Lykeion with a minimum overall score of 18+/20 plus 2 GCE A levels will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. The Apolytirio + 1 A level may be considered at the discretion of departments, if high grades and required subjects are offered.
A*AA = 19/20 + A*A AAA = 19/20 + AA AAB = 18/20 + AA ABB = 18/20 +AB BBB = 18/20 + BB
Specific subject requirements:
A* - 19 A - 19 B – 18
Holders of the Vysvedceni o Maturitni Zkousce-Zkouška / Maturita will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA-AAA: 1 overall AAB: 1.5 overall ABB-BBB: 2 overall Specific subject requirements: A* - 1 A = 1.5 B = 2
Holders of the Bevis for Studentereksamen (STX), Hojere Forberedelseseksamen (HF), Hojere Handelseksamen (HHX) or Hojere Teknisk Eksamen (HTX) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies in Level A Subjects (including any required subjects):
A*AA - 12,10,10 AAA - 10,10,10 AAB - 10,10,7 ABB - 10,7,7 BBB - 7,7,7
A* = 12 A = 10 B = 7
We may accept your English language grade from the Danish Studentereksamen if you achieved 10 in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
Candidates from Ecuador generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) Senior Secondary School (Titulo de Bachiller en Ciencias) plus a recognised foundation programme or c) successfully completed the first year of the Licenciado (with 70% or equivalent GPA)
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Thanawiyan are not normally eligible for direct entry onto an undergraduate course without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our own foundation pathways.
- For Medicine country-specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website .
Holders of the Riigieksamid (State Examinations) plus the Gümnaasiumi lõputunnistus (GI) (Secondary School Certificate) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies:
- A*AA - 4.5 average for GI and 83% average for 3 best state exams (excluding English taken as a SELT)
- AAA - 4.4 average for GI and 80% average for 3 best state exams (excluding English taken as a SELT)
- AAB - 4.3 average for GI and 79% average for 3 best state exams (excluding English taken as a SELT)
- ABB - 4.2 average for GI and 78% average for 3 best state exams (excluding English taken as a SELT)
- BBB - 4.1 average for GI and 77% average for 3 best state exams (excluding English taken as a SELT)
Specific subject requirements - required subjects must be studied at the highest level possible at school (year 12) with following grade equivalencies: A* = 90% A = 85% B = 80%.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Students who have completed one or two years of a Bachelors degree from an Ethiopian university with excellent grades (A or 4 points) can be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Overall successful completion of Ylioppilastutkinto / studentexamen (Matriculation Examination) with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 766 AAA - 666 AAB - 665 ABB - 655 BBB - 555 Subject specific requirements: L (Laudator) = 7 = A* E (Eximia cum laude approbatur) = 6 = A M (Magna cum laude approbatur) = 5 = B
We may accept your English language grade from the Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto/Studentexamen if you achieved 5 (magna cum laude approbatur) in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
Holders of the Baccalauréat Général / Baccalauréat Technologique (BTn) / Baccalauréat de l'Enseignement du Second Degr and Diplôme de l'Enseignement du Second Degr / Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA: 15/20 AAA-AAB: 14/20 ABB - BBB: 13/20 Option International du Baccalauréat (OIB) A*AA: 14/20 AAA-AAB: 13/20 ABB - BBB: 12/20 Specifc subject requirements: A* = 15/20 A = 14/20 B = 12/20 We will consider holders of the European Baccalaureate (EB) with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 88 AAA - 85 AAB - 80 ABB - 77 BBB - 75 Subject specific requirement: A* - 9 A - 8 B - 7
We may accept your English language grade from the French Baccalauréat de l’Enseignement du Second Degré if you achieved 14 (bien) or above. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
Holders of the Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife, Zeugnis der Fachgebundenen Hochschulreife or Zeugnis der Fachhochschulreife will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA: 1.4 overall in the Abitur AAA: 1.5 overall in the Abitur AAB: 1.6 overall in the Abitur ABB: 1.7 overall in the Abitur BBB: 1.8 overall in the Abitur Specific subject requirements: A* = 14/15 A = 13/15 B = 11/15 Please note: For applicants taking the Fachhochschulreife, we wouldn’t normally accept this qualification for entry to undergraduate programmes. We will consider holders of the European Baccalaureate (EB) with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 88 AAA - 85 AAB - 80 ABB - 77 BBB - 75 Subject specific requirement: A* - 9 A - 8 B - 7
We may also accept your English language grade from the German Abitur if you achieved 10 (gut) in English (taken as an achievement/main/ intensive course. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Students who hold a Higher National Diploma with a good profile of grades (distinctions and credits, or grades 1-3) will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes (first year entry).
Students who have completed the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in Ghana with excellent grades (2.1, 3.0/4.0, 3.5/5.0) will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes (first year entry).
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C or above (or in numerical terms, grade 6 or above) in the WAEC SSCE is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, Ghanaian nationals with a degree from Ghana or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
Holders of the National Apolytirion of Geniko Lykeio, including three Pan Hellenics examinations will be considered for undergraduate programmes with the following overall average grade equivalencies in the Apolytirion:
A*AA – 19 AAA – 18.5 AAB – 18 ABB - BBB – 17.5
Plus, an average of 17+ from Pan-Hellenic exams (3 subjects)
Specific subject requirements (required both within the Apolytirio and as a Panhellenic exam):
A* - 19 A - 18 B – 17.5
The Apolyterion of Geniko Lykeion will also be considered alongside two A levels.
Candidates from Guatemala generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) Bachillerato + foundation programme or c) Successful completion of first year of the Licenicado (with score of 70 or higher)
We will consider holders of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) for entry to our undergraduate programmes with the grade equivalencies shown below (excluding Chinese and Liberal Studies).
A*AA = 5*55
Applicants for programmes with subject specific requirements will need to offer these as normal (please note that combined or integrated science will not normally be acceptable where a stated science is required i.e. Biology or Chemistry). Programmes requiring Mathematics as a specified subject will require both the Compulsory and either M1 or M2.
Higher level Diplomas and Associate Degrees can be considered for year one entry. A typical requirement would be an average grade of B (70-79%) or a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 in a relevant subject.
Holders of Higher Diplomas with a good performance (at least B+ or GPA 3.2 above) will be considered for entry to year 2 of relevant undergraduate degree programmes within Engineering and Computer Science.
Holders of the HKU SPACE Associate Degree programme with a good performance (at least B+ or GPA 3.2 above) throughout their studies may be considered for entry to year 2 of relevant undergraduate degree programmes.
Holders of the Erettségi / Matura with at least two subjects at advanced level (emelt szint) plus any required subjects at advanced level will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 85%, 80% (Advanced level) plus 80%, 80%, 80% (Intermediate level) AAA - 80%, 80% (Advanced level) plus 80%, 80%, 80% (Intermediate level) AAB - 80%, 80% (Advanced level) plus 80%, 80%, 80% (Intermediate level) ABB - 80%, 75% (Advanced level) plus 80%, 80%, 80% (Intermediate level) BBB - 75%, 75% (Advanced level) plus 80%, 80%, 75% (Intermediate level) Subject specific requirements (Advanced level): A* - 85% A - 80% B - 75%
Holders of the Indian Standard XII will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes.
- A*AA = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
- AAA = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
- AAB = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards
- ABB/BBB = 75% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and West Bengal or 80% Other State boards
Where a programme requires a specific A'level subject grade please refer to the guidance below for Indian Standard XII equivalent.
- A* = 90% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 85% West Bengal or 95% Other State boards
- A = 85% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra or 80% West Bengal or 90% Other State boards
- B = 80% ISC, CBSE, Maharashtra and 75% West Bengal or 85% Other State boards
Applicants with appropriate grades in Standard XII English (English Core/English Elective/Functional English in CBSE) do not require additional SELT qualifications.
- GCE A Level in three acceptable subjects.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) with 32 points overall.
- A Diploma (D3/D4), with good grades, from a recognised Indonesian institution.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Diplom-Metevaseth are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our own foundation pathways.
Students who have completed the Pre-University Certificate (Peeshdaneshgahe) with a minimum overall GPA of 16/20 and students who have successfully completed the National Entrance Exam (Kunkur) will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Sixth Form Baccalaureate/Iraqi high school leaving certificate are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
We will consider students who have completed the Bagrut and achieved grade 8 or above in 6 subjects.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our own foundation pathways, for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Diploma di Esame di Stato will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 95 AAA - 92 AAB - 90 ABB - 88 BBB - 85 Subject specific requirements: A* - 15/15 OR 10/10 A - 14/15 OR 9/10 B - 13/15 OR 8/10
Students who hold the French Baccalaureat with minimum grades of 12/20-15/20 will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Foundation Pathways at the BIA, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
- GCE A Level examinations or a recognised foundation programme
- International Baccalaureate (IB) - 32 points overall for entrance to most of our undergraduate programmes, certain courses will require specific grades and subjects at Higher Level
Many students who have studied in Japan have followed a 12 year education system. For admission onto an Undergraduate degree programme, the University of Birmingham requires all applicants to have studied for 13 years, and therefore you may need to take a foundation year before commencing your undergraduate programme.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Holders of the Tawjihi are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham International Academy , for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C or above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, Kenyan nationals with a degree from Kenya or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examination, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Shahadat-al-thanwiia-al-a'ama are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Baccalaureat General (School Certificate) are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without prior completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examination, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme (such as the Birmingham Foundation Academy), for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Students who have completed a Higher Technician Diploma with minimum GPA of 65%, or a Bachelors degree from a Higher Technical or Vocational Institution with minimum GPA of 65%, may be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. Students who have the Secondary Education Certificate plus one year of a Bachelors degree from a recognised university with a minimum GPA or 65% may also be considered.
Holders of the Brandos Atestatas (Secondary School Diploma/Maturity Certificate) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 9.5 with 95% average in 3 state exams AAA - 9.0 with 90% average in 3 state exams AAB - 9.0 with 87% average in 3 state exams ABB - 8.5 with 85% average in 3 state exams BBB - 8.0 with 80% average in 3 state exams Subject specific requirements (state exam): A* - 95% A - 90% B - 85%
Holders of the Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 50/60 AAA - 48/60 AAB - 46/60 ABB - 44/60 BBB - 42/60 Subject specific requirements: A* - 52 A - 48 B - 42
In addition to the standard qualifications that we accept as proof of English language proficiency, the University accepts the following as proof of English language for students from Luxembourg: 6/10 in English Language I in the European Baccalaureate; or 8/10 in English Language II in the European Baccalaureat
We may also accept your English language grade from the Luxembourgish Examen de Fin d'Études Secondaires 45 (bien) in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Sigjil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysian (STPM)
STPM is considered equivalent to A-levels and is acceptable for admissions to the first year of an undergraduate programme. Grades equivalent to the A-level requirement should be achieved in three out of the five subjects studied.
Malaysian Ministry of Education Matriculation Programme
Holders of the Malaysian Ministry of Education Matriculation Certificate in Science can be considered for entry to year one of Biosciences, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics.
Certificates in Accountancy
Students with Certificates in Accountancy can be considered for entry to year one of the Accountancy, Economics, and Money, Banking and Finance programmes, provided a minimum GPA of 3.5 is obtained. In addition, a candidate must reach the appropriate level of English requirement for the particular course.
Canadian Pre-University (Ontario Grade 13)
A pass in 6 OACs (minimum of three at grade B, and three at grade C) is generally acceptable for admission to the first year of an undergraduate programme, although, some programmes may require higher grades.
South Australia Matriculation Programme (SAM)
For candidates offering the South Australian Matriculation qualification, a TER of between 90 to 98 is required.
Diploma and certificate
If you have completed a 2 year certificate or diploma at a local college, you may be considered for admission to undergraduate programmes in some subjects.
If you have obtained a 3 year diploma it is sometimes possible to gain 'advance standing' to the second year of some undergraduate programmes.
Unified Examination Certificate (UEC)
Holders of the UEC may be considered for entry onto the first year of an undergraduate degree course (except Medicine & Surgery or Dentistry) on the following basis:
Where a specific subject is required the following grades should be attained: A Level grade A* - UEC grade A1, A Level grade A - UEC grade A2, A Level grade B - UEC grade B3. Where Maths A Level is required UEC Advanced Maths (I) or (II) should be provided at the appropriate grade.
For all courses not requiring A Level Maths UEC Maths must be studied, the grade required will vary by programme (C8 required for most programmes, some may require B6 or B3).
Direct entry to second year
The University has various twinning programmes with Taylor's University which can allow Taylors students entry into year 1, year 2 or year 3 of an Undergraduate Degree course, depending on their choice of subject and GPA score. Degree courses available through twinning agreements are: Biosciences, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. We have a longstanding relationship with Taylor’s University (TU), and many students have joined us for a variety of Engineering and Computer Science programmes. Students from TU can enter Year 2, or Year 3 of a number of programmes. For more information please refer to the table below, or contact the TU University Placement Services office, or [email protected] .
Students from UCSI are able to join Year 2 of the following Birmingham programmes:
- BEng or MEng Mechanical Engineering
- BEng or MEng Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
For more information please contact the UCSI Global Engagement Office, or [email protected] .
INTI College and Prime College
Students from INTI College and Prime College may be considered for direct entry to the second year of our Engineering programmes.
Students from HELP Institute may be considered for direct entry to the second year of Computer Science programmes and those students completing the LSE Diploma may be admitted directly to the second year of Economics and Money, Banking and Finance programmes.
Direct entry from other colleges is unusual. If you are a student of any other college and you wish to be considered for second year entry, you must submit your full transcript and a copy of the syllabus you have followed so that we can assess your suitability.
- For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website .
SPM 1119 or GCSE/IGCSE minimum grade C may be accepted for a range of programmes with a four year validity period.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham Foundation Academy , for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Holders of the Advanced Matriculation will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - AA (Advanced level) + AAA (Intermediate level to exclude Systems of Knowledge) AAA - AA + AAB AAB - AA + ABB ABB - AB + BBB BBB - BB + BBB Subject specific requirements: A* & A - A B - B NB no overall score given as of 2012.
Applicants with a GCSE English grade 4/C equivalent or a degree from the University of Malta are exempt from taking an English proficiency test.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), the French Baccalaureate, or a suitable foundation programme, such as our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes English language at grade C or above in the CIE O Level or Cambridge High School Certificate is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes Mauritian nationals with a degree from Mauritius or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
- For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page .
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB). Holders of the Diplôme du Baccalauréat / Diplôme du Baccalauréat Technique (School Certificates) are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate programmes without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
A High School Leaving Certificate is not sufficient for undergraduate courses. Applicants for UG study will require additional qualifications, such as A Levels or the IB.
Holders of the Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO - University Preparatory Education) Diploma (Gymnasium A/B and Atheneum A/B) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 8.0 AAA - 7.7 AAB - 7.5 ABB - 7.2 BBB - 7.0 Subject specific requirements: A* - 8.5 A - 8 B - 7.5
NB Grades 9-10 rarely awarded
We may accept your English language grade from the Dutch Voorbereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO) diploma if you achieved 8 (good) in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
The University has a number of agreements with foundation providers in Nigeria which allows students to be considered for admission to undergraduate programmes. Please contact us for more information.
Students who have completed the first year of a 4-year Bachelor degree from a recognised institution in Nigeria with excellent grades (2.1, 3.0/4.0, 3.5/5.0) will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes (first year entry).
For Postgraduate programmes, Nigerian nationals with a degree from Nigeria or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
Holders of the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering (VVO – Upper Secondary School Leaving Certificate) with a minimum overall average score of 4/6 will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes.
Please refer to the information below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements:
A*AA = 5.0 overall in the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering AAA = 4.5 overall in the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering AAB = 4.5 overall in the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering ABB = 4.0 overall in the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering BBB = 4.0 overall in the Vitnemål for Videregående Opplaering
Specific subject requirements: A*= 6, A=5, B=4
For GCSE, from the lower school leaving certificate (first year of the Vitnemål), the same equivalences would apply.
We may accept your English language grade from the Norwegian Vitnemål fra den Videregående Skole if you achieved 3 in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Thanawiyan are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
We will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and/or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes. We will also consider students who have successfully completed a Bachelors (Honours) degree of at least two years duration. Degrees must be from a Higher Education Commission recognised institution in Pakistan.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Tawijihi are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
Candidates from Paraguay generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) Título de Bachillerato Científico plus a recognised foundation programme Candidates who have completed the Título Intermedio (2-3 years) can be considered for first and/or second year entry, depending on subject fit.
Candidates from Peru generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) a recognised foundation programme or c) successfully completed the first year of the Título de Licenciado with at least 13/20.
Holders of the Matura / Swiadectwo Dojrzalosci (Secondary School Certificate) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - 90%, 85%, 85% (extended level subjects) plus 75% overall AAA - 85%, 85%, 85% (extended level subjects) plus 75% overall AAB - 85%, 85%, 80% (extended level subjects) plus 70% overall ABB - 85%, 80%, 80% (extended level subjects) plus 70% overall BBB - 80%, 80%, 80% (extended level subjects) plus 70% overall Subject specific requirements at extended level: A* - 90% A - 85% B - 80%
Holders of the Certificado de fim de Estudos Secundários / Diploma de Ensino Secundario (previously Certificado do 12 ano) will be considered with the following grade equivalencies:
A*AA - 18/20 overall with 19, 18, 18 in 3 year 12 subjects AAA - 18/20 with 18, 18, 18 in 3 year 12 subjects AAB - 17/20 with 18, 18, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects ABB - 17/20 with 18, 17, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects BBB 17/20 with 17, 17, 17 in 3 year 12 subjects
Subject specific requirements:
A* - 19 A - 18 B - 17
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Qatar High School Certificate, or the Thanawiyan Mustaqala are not usually eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without the completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
Holders of the Diploma de Bacalaureat with a minimum overall score of 8/10 will be considered for entry to the first year of our undergraduate degree programmes. Please refer to the information below as guidance for grade comparisons to A-level entry requirements: A*AA - 9 AAA – 8.5 AAB - 8.3 ABB - 8 BBB - 7.5 Specific subject requirements: A*/A - 9 B - 8
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as the Birmingham International Academy , for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
The University will consider students who have taken A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB) or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Thanawiyah are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without the completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), West African Higher School Certificate (WAHSC), Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate COHSC), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
For Postgraduate programmes, Sierra Leonean nationals with a degree from Sierra Leone or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
Students with suitable grades at A level or International Baccalaureate (IB) may be considered for entry to an undergraduate degree programme.
Students who have successfully completed a Polytechnic Diploma may be considered for entry to our undergraduate degree programmes (applicable subjects only). Students who achieve a B grade average or above with good scores in relevant subjects can be considered for direct entry to the second year. Students who achieve a C grade average should be considered for year one entry (a few exemptions apply for certain departments).
The University has established Advance Standing Agreements with 5 Polytechnics in Singapore (Singapore, Ngee Ann, Temasek, Nanyang, Republic) which provide guidelines for some of the Diplomas we will accept and scores required by certain departments (Business, Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science). Please contact your institution for further information. Departments that are not part of this list can still consider Diplomas for entry to undergraduate programmes. Diplomas that are not on the list will be considering on an individual basis and may require you to provide further details such as the curriculum and module transcripts to identify suitability.
Holders of the "Vysvedcenie o Maturitnej skúska/Maturita" will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA: 1/výborný in four subjects (if any other subjects have been taken they must be graded no lower than 2) AAA: 1/výborný in three subjects, other subject(s) taken must be graded no lower than 2 AAB: 1/výborný in two subjects, other subjects taken must be graded no lower than 2 ABB: 1/výborný in one subject, other subjects taken must be graded no lower than 2 BBB: 2 in all subjects Subject specific requirements: A* & A - 1 B - 2
Holders of the "Maturitetno Spricevalo"/"Matura"/Secondary School-Leaving Diploma/Technical Matura will be considered with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA - Total score of 28/34 AAA - 27/34 AAB - 26/34 ABB - 24/34 BBB - 22/34 Required subjects need to have been at Higher Level: A* - 8 A - 7 B - 6
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Applicants who hold the South African National Senior Certificate (SA NSC or IEB) (or pre-2008 the Senior Certificate with matriculation) will be considered for entry onto our undergraduate degree programmes. Students need these grades in 5 subjects, not including Life Orientation.
Grade equivalencies are as follows: A*AA = 77766 AAA = 77666 AAB = 76666 ABB-BBB = 66666
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade 5 (or C) or above in the South African National Senior Certificate (SA NSC or IEB) (or pre-2008 in the Senior Certificate) is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, South African nationals with a degree from South Africa or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
Students with A levels, the International Baccalaureate, a 2 year Junior College Diploma, the NCUK International Foundation Year, a suitable foundation programme, or one or two years of university level study at a recognised institution in South Korea will be considered for entry to an undergraduate degree programme. Students need a sufficiently high score in their Diploma or University level study (3.0+/4.0 or 3.2+/4.5).
Holders of the Título de Bachillerato will be considered for undergraduate programmes with the following grade equivalencies:
A*AA - 9.0 AAA - 8.5 AAB - 8.2 ABB - 8.0 BBB - 7.7
Required subjects must be studied in Year 2 of the Bachillerato and the subject grade equivalencies are:
A* - 10/9 A - 9 B - 8
The Sri Lankan system is based on the English system. Holders of the Sri Lankan A-Levels will be considered for undergraduate programmes as an equivalent to GCE A levels. We accept local or Cambridge A Levels for entry.
Please note however that grading systems for local A Levels are as follows:
A = A grade B = B grade C = Credit S = Simple pass
For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website. For Dentistry, please see the general entry requirements listed on the Dental Surgery course page
Holders of the Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan / Slutbetyg från Komvux / Avgangsbetyg (previously Studentexamen) with the following grade equivalencies: A*AA: 10 subjects at A and the remainder at B. AAA: 10 subjects at A and the remainder at B. AAB: 9 subjects at A and the remainder at B. ABB: Majority of subjects at A, remainder at B BBB: Majority of subjects at B. Subject specific requirements: A*/A - A B - B
We may accept your English language grade from the Swedish Fullständigt Slutbetyg från Gymnasieskolan/ Slutbetyg från Komvux / Avgangsbetyg if you achieved Grade C in English (numerical grade 15). Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
Holders of the Federal Maturity Certificate/ Maturitatszeugnis can be considered for entry to year 1 of our undergraduate degrees. Grade equivalences: AAA* = 5.0 overall to include 5.5 in one subject and 5.0 in two further subjects AAA = 4.8 overall to include 5.0 in 3 subjects AAB-ABB = 4.8 overall to include 5.0 in 2 subjects BBB = 4.8 overall to include 5.0 in 1 subject Grade requirement for required subjects: A* = 5.5 A/B = 5.0
We may accept your English language grade from the Swiss Maturitätzeugnis / Certificat de Maturité / Attestato di Maturità (federal maturity certificate or federally-recognised cantonal maturity certificate) if you achieved 5 (gut / bien / bene) in English. Please note this is only valid for 2 academic years after qualification.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Thanewiyah are not normally eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
We will consider students who have taken A Level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Students with 2 year Junior College Diplomas may be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme, where the college is recognised by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan and/or the BTCO and where the student achieves a sufficiently high score overall.
Students with 5 year Junior College Diplomas may be considered for entry to the first and/or second year of an undergraduate degree programme, where the college is recognised by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan and/or the BTCO and where the student achieves a sufficiently high score overall.
Students who hold the East African Advanced Certificate of Education (EAACE), Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSE), Cambridge Higher School Certificate (COHSC) and National Form VI Examination will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
For study on our Foundation and Undergraduate programmes, English language at grade C or above in the ACSE is sufficient to meet the standard English language requirements.
For Postgraduate programmes, Tanzanian nationals with a degree from Tanzania or another English speaking country (as on the University's approved list) are not required to submit an English Language test.
We will consider:
- GCE A Level we will usually consider students with 3 good subjects
- International Baccalaureate (IB) we will normally consider students with 32 points overall for entrance to most of our undergraduate programmes, certain courses will require specific grades and subjects at Higher Level
- High School Certificate (M6) and a recognised one year foundation qualification may be considered
- One or two years of university level study at a recognised university in Thailand, with a sufficiently high score overall in their university level study (3.0+/4.0), may be considered for entry to an undergraduate degree programme.
Candidates from Caribbean and West Indies generally require The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
The University will consider students who have grades required are I – II in six CAPE units, including 2 double-unit level courses with a minimum of II in each of these double-unit courses. The requirement for a subject taken to include I for A (A-level equivalent) and II for a B (A-level equivalent) in any required subject.
For any courses that accept general studies, we will consider the Caribbean studies and Communication Studies additional to the 2 double-unit level courses, to make up the six required units.
Candidates offering an Associate degree from a recognised institution may also be considered for entry to the first year of an undergraduate degree programme. We would typically require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to include high grades in relevant and required subjects.
For Engineering and Physical Sciences degree programmes that require an A level in Mathematics, we require CAPE Pure Mathematics.
The University will consider students who have taken A level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Students educated in the Philippine system require at least two years post-high school education at a recognised institution before entering a Bachelors degree programme at Birmingham. Many students who have studied in the Philippines have followed a 12 year education system. For admission onto an undergraduate degree programme, the University of Birmingham requires all applicants to have studied for 13 years, and therefore you may need to take a foundation year before commencing your undergraduate programme. We will consider students for entry to the Birmingham International Academy who have completed their first year at a recognised institution in the Philippines and obtained good grades in all subject areas.
The University will consider students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi and a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways , or GCE A Level examinations, or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to our undergraduate programmes.
Students who have taken the Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme Diplomasi from certain schools will be considered for entry to our undergraduate degree programmes. The scores required in grade 12 on the high school diploma vary according to the A level requirement for that programme:
Alternatively students who have also taken SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) and AP (Advanced Placement) tests will be considered for admission to Bachelor degree programmes. For more details on SAT and AP requirements please refer to the USA country page.
We will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations or the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entry onto our undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Tawjihiyya are not usually eligible for direct entry onto our undergraduate courses without completion of a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our foundation pathways.
The Birmingham International Academy (BIA) also offers pre-sessional English courses, which you can take to improve your spoken and written English in preparation for academic study. If you have a conditional offer you can attend one of these courses instead of retaking IELTS.
Our pre-sessional programmes
The University will consider students who have taken GCE A Level examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB), the Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education (UACE), Cambridge Overseas Higher School Certificate, East African Advanced Certificate of Education or a suitable foundation programme, such as one of our Foundation Pathways, for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
Applicants from the USA can meet Maths and English (UK-GCSE) requirements with the following. We require Maths and English (or similar e.g. Calculus, Algebra) from any of the following: AP (min grade 4), SAT S/II (min score 650), Honours classes or College-level course (min B+), HSD (pass grade at grade 12 level), ACT composite score (min 28), SAT-R (min score 670), International Baccalaureate English, Standard or Higher Level, First or Second Language (min grade 5). Other English language requirements can be found here .
Applicants studying A levels or the International Baccalaureate Diploma, will be eligible for direct entry if you meet your chosen programme’s entry requirements.
Alternatively, applicants should satisfy the following:
1. A minimum score of 3.2/4.0 GPA on the High School Diploma (HSD) (non-weighted )
2. Three distinct subject tests are required from a combination of either: (These options can be used in various combinations to meet our standard 3 subject A level requirement)
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Higher Level (HL) Subject Tests
- Advanced Placement tests (APs)
- Honours classes (Year 11/12-(1 year duration)
- College Level /dual level classes (academic, full year)
- SAT II Subject Tests (prior to being discontinued in Jan 2021)
To offer greater flexibility, one of the following tests can be used to replace one of the three subject test requirements listed above: (for a specific subject requirement this would not be accepted)
Composite ACT with a score of 28+ to replace one subject test ( not accepted to replace a subject requirement. )
- SAT-R with a score of 1350+ to replace one subject test ( not to replace a subject requirement. )
(For a course that requires: A level AAA (with no specific subject requirements). This means you could present with an HSD (3.3) + ACT (28), AP History (5) and an Honours Earth/Environmental Science (A).)
( For a course that requires: A levels AAB (A level Mathematics required). This means you could present with an HSD 3.2+, 2 subject test and as A level Mathematics is required AP Calculus BC.)
A table of accepted A level grade equivalents can be found below. Use this table to work out the equivalents to the A level entry requirements to your preferred course(s).
- Where a certain A-level subject is required for entry to the course students must present with a suitable subject test, or have studied that subject at Community College, at a USA University or during their Associate’s degree. (We advise that you look at the course pages and select entry requirements to find out if there are specific subject requirements)
- For subjects requiring A-level Mathematics applicants must present with AP Calculus BC or International Baccalaureate HL Mathematics. (We do not accept AP Calculus AB to fulfil this requirement). Please check the individual course pages for our typical A-level requirements and see below for the corresponding scores.
- IB Higher Level (HL) Subject Tests should be shown on the transcript or through a certificate.
- Advanced Placement tests (APs) should be the certified test, we will not accept just the classes.
- Honours classes (Year 11/12-(1 year duration) these should be shown on a HSD transcript named as 'H' Honours', 'Hons' and to be taken in the USA.
- College Level /dual level classes (academic, full year) should be shown on a transcript or certificate and named as academic subject (rather than practical or recreational) to be taken in the USA.
As an alternative to the above HSD and 3 tests, we can accept an Associate’s Degree, or one year at a Community College or a USA University to be accepted onto the first year of an undergraduate degree.
Entry requirements for Medicine and Surgery MBChB : SAT1 score of 1380 or ACT score of 29. Three AP subjects at grade 5, including Biology and Chemistry or three SAT subject test scores of 700, 700 and 700, including Biology and Chemistry. We will also accept appropriate combinations of SAT and AP scores (We cannot accept other test for this programme)
- For Medicine country specific requirements, please visit our Applying to Medicine website look for International Applicants.
- Our BNurs -Adult courses detail international entry requirements and useful tips.
As a reminder you don't need to have completed all of these tests to apply through UCAS . So our admissions team can fully review your application, please include your already achieved academic qualifications and tests up to your senior year (including all target/predicted results for tests you are yet to complete) in the Education section of UCAS.
After you have applied, using your UCAS ID in the title or the email, please send on copies of your certificates and transcripts, when you receive these to [email protected]
The Designated Institution Code for College Board: The University of Birmingham is 7390.
We are registered with ACT , therefore if you wish to provide your qualifications to us you can find our details on their website.
Applicants from the USA may already meet the English language requirement (UK-GCSE equivalent ) through one of the following English related tests: SAT II Subject test (min score 650), AP (min grade 4), Honours classes or College-level course (min B+), HSD (pass grade at grade 12 level), ACT English composite score (min 28), SAT-R Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (min score 670), International Baccalaureate English, Standard or Higher Level, First or Second Language (min grade 5). Other English language requirements can be found here .
We will consider students who have taken A level examinations and the International Baccalaureate (IB) for entrance to undergraduate programmes. Holders of the Certificate of Secondary Education (Attestat o srednem obrazovanii) at grade 11 and a suitable foundation programme (or 2 years study at a recognised higher education institution) will be considered for entry to our Bachelor degree programmes. For more information on our foundation programme, please visit the Foundation Pathways website.
Candidates from Venezuela generally require a) A levels or IB Diploma or b) a recognised foundation programme or c) successfully completed the first year of the Licenciatura/Título with 70% or equivalent overall.
- GCE A Level in three acceptable subjects, certain courses will require specific grades and subjects.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) with 32 points overall for entrance to most of our undergraduate programmes, certain courses will require specific grades and subjects at Higher Level.
- Students who have completed the first year of a University programme in Vietnam will be considered for direct entry of the undergraduate programme at the University of Birmingham.
Students holding the Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) or ZIMSEC A Levels will be considered for entrance to undergraduate programmes.
IB Diploma : 6,6,5 in Higher level subjects plus 32 points overall, to include Literature or Literature and Language at HL 5.
- BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM, plus a B at A level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
- BTEC Diploma: DD, plus a B at A level in the required subject/s mentioned above.
- BTEC Subsidiary Diploma: D, plus AB at A level, including the required subject/s mentioned above.
Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements .
Alternative offers through our Pathways to Birmingham programmes and our Contextual Offer scheme
Students who are eligible and successfully complete a Pathways to Birmingham programme will receive special consideration from admissions tutors and an alternative offer (typically two grades below the standard offer). In addition, our Contextual Offer Scheme recognises the potential of students whose personal circumstances may have restricted achievement in school or college. If you are eligible to benefit from the contextual offer scheme, you will receive an offer which is one grade lower than the standard offer.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in one of our foundation pathways, which offer specially structured programmes for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on Birmingham International Academy web pages .
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Studying for BA English and Creative Writing at the University of Birmingham is an unparalleled opportunity to engage with a diverse cultural, textual and linguistic discipline, at the same time as developing your own writing 'voice' and 'genre'.
You may go on to a career as a novelist, screenwriter, poet or journalist, but of course the skill of writing also qualifies you for a wide range of other careers. Whatever path you choose, you will also find the practical skills that you have acquired on your degree course extremely useful such as oral presentation, professional documentation, group work and the uses of information technology.
Our graduates have started careers with employers including the BBC, Headline Publishing Group, Mirror Group Newspapers and Oxford University Press, in roles such as account executive, editorial assistant, marketing assistant and sales and events coordinator. Many of our graduates pursue postgraduate study to specialise in an academic area or prepare for careers such as law and teaching.
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Creative writing and english literature - ba (hons), entry requirements.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements , you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification )
- GCSE English at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent)
If you don't have traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing our Creative Writing and English Literature (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.
If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.
As part of your application to study Creative Writing and English Literature we would also like you to submit two pieces of writing of 500 words each.
The first should be a creative piece and you may write this in the form of a short piece of fictional prose, a longer poem or sequence of shorter poems, a fragment of dialogue for performance on stage with one of more characters and some indication of setting, theme and scene or a piece of creative non-fiction such as nature writing, travel writing or memoir. You can write in any style, form or register and you have complete freedom in terms of theme.
The second piece of writing should be a critical appraisal of your interest in studying Creative Writing and English Literature. This should combine reflection on your experience of reading and writing literature so far and speak clearly to the themes of justice, equity and participation. London Met is committed to making your education a transformative force for social justice and social mobility. You should try to answer the following question: "How can reading, writing and publishing literature contribute to a better world?''
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements .
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
Accreditation of Prior Learning
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) .
English language requirements
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet our standard requirements .
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2023/24 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
- all year (September start) - Monday morning
This module will provide students with a wide-ranging introduction to reading poetry and to the great variety of poetic forms and genres, from sonnets to free verse and performance poetry. It will introduce students to poetic literary history through major poets such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Wordsworth and Eliot, and equally explore contemporary poetry and poetics. Throughout the module, students will be provided with skills and opportunities to read published poetry, write their own poetry, and discuss poetry in a supportive environment facilitated by their tutor. The module is taught primarily by three-hour weekly classes typically comprising a lecture and a writing workshop. The module is assessed by written coursework and an oral presentation.
The module aims to introduce a range of critical and technical skills required to read, write and discuss poetry; to examine poetic forms and genres in the context of both the historical development of (mostly British) poetry and also the diversity of contemporary poetic practice; and to explore different ideas about the function of poetry.
- all year (September start) - Monday afternoon
Romantics to Victorians is the first of a spine of historical modules running across all three levels of the English Literature programmes. It introduces students to the major transformations of English literature and culture during the mid-18th to the mid-19th century period. Through the study of literary and other primary texts of the period, the module provides a contextual introduction to the study of literature in the late modern period and related critical debates. The module is taught in weekly sessions and is assessed by a series of written coursework pieces. The module will also provide an extended induction to academic study skills.
The module aims to familiarise students with a range of literary material from the period 1750 to 1880; to relate the thematic concerns of literary works to an historical account of social, political and cultural developments within the given period; to develop students’ ability to analyse and write critically about literary texts; and to develop students’ study skills and academic competences as independent learners.
- all year (September start) - Thursday afternoon
Theatre and Performance: History and Craft provides an opportunity to study the development of the genre via a number of canonical texts and transformative moments in the history of the form. Students study the formal characteristics of representative playtexts and the political, social and cultural concerns of the societies in which they were first performed. This is combined with a study of developing theatrical practice and performance, where students examine how writing and performance intersect, inform, and inspire each other. According to pathway, students will specialise, either in the critical and theoretical analysis of dramatic genres, or in creative writing and the production of playscripts. The module is taught in weekly three-hour sessions comprising a lecture and English Literature seminar or Creative Writing workshop, and is assessed by essay, presentation, script and/or reflective writing.
This module aims to examine a range of playtexts and theatrical forms within critical and historical contexts, to familiarise students with the vocabulary and awareness necessary to discuss texts and the creative process, and to encourage students to explore differences between texts as literature and texts for performance. Additionally, Creative Writing students will develop their scriptwriting skills.
- all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
This module provides an introduction to major forms of contemporary prose including fiction, memoir, and essay and will thus be essential preparatory learning for Creative Writing modules at higher levels. Students will consider the historical development of contemporary forms through reading the writings by a range of contemporary writers and practising their own craft in context of these works. The module develops understanding of texts in the context of literary history, critical theory and contemporary production as well as helping students situate their own creative practice in both historical and contemporary literary and critical contexts. The module is taught in three-hour weekly classes comprising of seminars and workshops. It is assessed through pieces of written coursework and in-class presentations that offer students the opportunity to develop skills required for a range of prose forms, as well as for a future in writing and publishing.
The module aims to equip students with a historical, critical and practical understanding of key forms of prose including the novel, memoir, essay, travel and nature writing. It will develop students’ skills in critically analysing the effects and techniques of literary prose, especially in context of their own creative practice. It will engage students in contemporary debates about the relationship between literature and the cultural context in which that literature is produced and consumed, and how this impacts their creative output. Students will be encouraged to explore their ability to write in a range of prose forms and enhance their ability to use secondary critical material effectively in their analysis of literary texts and incorporate the knowledge into their creative practice.
Year 2 modules include:
- all year (September start) - Tuesday afternoon
From detective and spy fiction to children’s fantasy and romantic comedies, a well-established range of narrative genres dominates the production of popular, commercial fiction for both page and screen. Often dismissed as escapist, conformist entertainment for the masses, genre fiction may also be considered a literature of subversion and resistance in its expression of transgressive desires and imagination of alternative realities. This module studies the historical development, interplay, techniques, conventions, audiences and themes of some major types of genre fiction from the eighteenth century to the present day. It contributes to the programme’s exploration of contemporary publishing as a cultural industry and hence develops students’ employability.
The module will be taught via a programme of weekly sessions supplemented by tutorial and online support. It allows students to specialise in genres of their choice. As well as developing skills of literary analysis, students will have the opportunity to practise the role of creative producer and critical reviewer by producing a variety of written coursework. Students will also give a short presentation on a popular text of their choice.
The module aims to examine a range of popular narrative genres across prose fiction and in relation to contemporary cultural production more broadly. It will develop students’ critical, analytical abilities and their reflexive awareness of their personal relationship to popular culture, as consumer, fan, critic and/or creative producer. It will engage students in using a range of practical skills for discussing or creating works of genre fiction.
Victorians to Moderns forms the central section of the chronological spine of English Literature modules that also includes Romantics to Victorians and Moderns to Contemporaries. It examines the transformations of English literature and culture from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. Through the study of literature, philosophy, criticism and the arts, the module develops students’ critical understanding of cultural context and formal innovation in the English literary tradition. The module develops and extends debates encountered in Romantics to Victorians and introduces intellectual and critical debates proper to Modernism. The module is taught by weekly sessions comprising lecture and seminar, supplemented by tutorials, and is assessed by a variety of written coursework.
Victorians to Moderns aims to: develop students’ skills of critical analysis through the study of exemplary works from the period 1880-1940; enhance students’ competency in using academic criticism to develop their own critical practice; provide a critical account of social, political and cultural developments in the period as a framework for students’ understanding of the role of the imaginative writer in the period; engage students in complex critical and cultural debates that were central to the development of both literature and other art-forms during the period, in Britain and internationally.
- all year (September start) - Thursday morning
This module explores the writing and rewriting of fiction and creative nonfiction. Attention will be paid to both originating new work and the process of revision. The module will outline some fundamental principles of style, genre and editing. We will be looking at different kinds of narrative such as fiction, life writing, nature writing, travel writing and literary journalism – their shared techniques as well as distinctive characteristics. Students will have the experience of writing in different formats such as short stories, memoirs, features and essays. They will develop an understanding of some of the principles of editing both their own and other people’s work (as well as the differences between them). They will also develop an enhanced sensitivity to the role and practice of editing at the level of the paragraph, the sentence and the word, in addition to the text as a whole. Emphasis will be laid on developing clarity, precision, and expressiveness in writing style, as well as the ability to explain their editing decisions. Through a variety of exercises students will be shown how to identify common problems in writing and how to remedy them. They will also develop an appreciation of how successive re-workings of the same text can alter and refine its meaning and effectiveness. The module will develop valuable and transferable skills for critical thinking and reading, effective editing techniques, and enhance employability. This module aims to develop students' knowledge of a range of narrative genres, such as fiction, life writing, nature writing, travel writing and literary journalism, and the different means through which these can be communicated through books, essays and features; develop competence in the main creative and organisational processes of writing; and practise methods in which a piece of writing can be improved by editing and revision.
- all year (September start) - Wednesday morning
Publishing and the Book: then and now is a level 5 year-long module which examines literary and publishing culture through, firstly, the development of writing and reading technologies from antiquity through the medieval period to the era of print, and then samples how creative writers have experimented with digital tools and platforms to innovate their literary practice. Students will examine how literary creativity is rooted in material media and consider how this might apply in their own creative practice.
The second part of the module emphasises employability and immerses students in London’s current publishing industry, and through a series of guest lectures and masterclasses students will learn about the process of author rights and representation, commissioning, editing, book production, design, marketing and sales, digital and audio publishing, and the post-production landscape of bookselling, literary festivals, prizes, podcasts and blogs.
The module aims to give students a historical understanding of publishing practices and the opportunity to respond critically and creatively in writing to this, and further to give students a current understanding of the process of taking a manuscript from author to publisher, bookseller and reader, and an opportunity to devise a research project, a group studio publishing project and/or a placement in the industry.
The module is taught through a combination of lecture/seminar, guest speaker sessions and masterclasses, studio project group activities, and is assessed by critical essay, critical and/or creative portfolio, publishing studio project and/or professional placement/shadowing in situ.
The module develops students’ understanding of writing for performance through two syllabuses that focus on original writing for stage, and on performance poetry and the spoken word. Students will learn about the creation and adaptation of original dramatic material for the stage and the writer’s critical relationship to acting, directing and production histories, and the history, culture and practice of performance poetry; performance skills and the adaptation of material to audience, medium and venue, and critical and theoretical perspectives on performance poetry and the spoken word.
Year 3 modules include:
This module builds on the earlier core historical modules Romantics to Victorians and Victorians to Moderns and examines the period from the 1940s to the 2010s. Through the study of poetry and prose, their critical discussion and creative production, and through reference to other media forms, the module addresses major themes in the cultural, social and political history of the period. The syllabus includes canonical works but also enlarges and transforms students’ understanding of literary production by considering works written in English within other national traditions and works in translation in order properly to represent the complex experience of literary and cultural engagement for readers today. The module takes a chronological approach and discusses, variously, war and reconstruction; the legacies of violence that inflect our understanding of gender, religion and race; post-war cultural politics and social change; the neo-liberal settlement of the 1980s and the culture of post-modernity; and emerging themes in recently published literary work. The module is taught in weekly sessions comprising a common lecture followed by an English Literature seminar or Creative Writing workshop. The module is supported by online material and tutorial hours, and assessed by critical essays and/or creative work.
The aims of this module are to introduce students to modern and contemporary (c.1940-2010) literary and poetical works written in the UK and in other countries; to provide students with a wide literary, historical and socio-cultural context; to produce well-informed readers capable of thoughtful interpretation; to develop students’ critical and/or creative writing skills to an advanced level.
- all year (September start)
This module allows students to explore in-depth a literary or creative writing topic of their own choice, subject to supervisor approval. It encourages students to pursue areas of personal, specialist interest, either based on topics they have previously encountered during their programme of modules or looking beyond the taught syllabus. Supervised independent learning and sustained research and writing will provide students with a focus for refining and drawing together a wide range of creative, scholarly and transferable skills which they have developed across their programme.
The main aims of this module are: to enable students to become aware of the way specific literary topics relate to the broader field of critical or creative practice; to foster students’ understanding of the methodological choices appropriate to a particular project topic, including (where relevant) the contextual and theoretical research required for a creative writing project; to develop students’ ability to conceive, plan and carry through a sustained piece of work involving self-motivated, independent research; and to enhance students’ profile of personal and professional attributes as critical and/or creative practitioners.
Why Literature Matters introduces and develops a series of related discussions about the personal, worldly and critical stakes involved in reading and writing literature. Students will follow a number of separate syllabuses, some related to staff specialisms and publications that require them to engage with the value of reading, writing and creative/critical practice in relation to other spheres of experience and action. The module thus provides students with opportunities to draw together questions of value and purpose relating to their programme as a whole.
Syllabus topics may include but are not limited to the following, which may change from year to year: literature, ecology and place; literature and transnational identity; literature and the sacred; literature, activism and politics; literature and pedagogy.
The module will be taught in weekly sessions comprising a lecture and seminar and is assessed by a variety of written coursework and a final presentation.
This module aims to develop students’ understanding of the critical contexts in which literary production, distribution and reception take place; to allow students to contrast modern, contemporary and canonical theories of literary value; to develop students’ critical writing skills about literature together with their personal sense of commitment to literary values.
Publishing and the Book: then and now is a level 6 year-long module which examines literary and publishing culture through, firstly, the development of writing and reading technologies from antiquity through the medieval period to the era of print, and then samples how creative writers have experimented with digital tools and platforms to innovate their literary practice. Students will examine how literary creativity is rooted in material media and consider how this might apply in their own creative practice.
What our students say
"London Met is a welcoming, inclusive, amazing place for people from all walks of life and from all over the world. It’ll make you feel at home and it will get you ready to go out into the world, always offering new, exciting challenges. The lecturers at London Met are always there to help you, not only as students but as people. What you’ll learn will not only enrich you on a cultural level but on a personal one." Prudenza Lacriola , Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) graduate, 2020
"Our lecturers are always so passionate – it’s actually hard to not engage in lessons. They have all been extremely understanding and supportive throughout the pandemic too. Going out of their way to put on extra workshops and meetings, even throughout reading weeks and holidays. It has been stressful for all of us but they work hard to keep up morale and to keep a sense of community alive." Jasmine Damaris , Creative Writing and English Literature (including foundation year) BA (Hons) student, 2020
"The University doesn’t judge a person’s worth or intelligence on their grades alone, and, after speaking with me personally, they offered me a place on the course I wanted. The tutors at London Met are brilliant. They are continuously supportive and helpful, taking the time to help me and my peers with various things throughout the three years. The learning environment at the University has enabled me to progress in so many critical ways." Laura Barrington, Creative Writing with English Literature graduate, 2019
"The course allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of writers and of the contexts that inform their novels, plays and poems, as well as connecting literature to other art forms such as painting. Lecturers encouraged our curiosity and opened up new directions for individual research." Robert Jeffrey, English Literature BA (Hons) graduate, 2018
"Being disabled and breaking down the wall of talking about my experience has helped me in my writing. With every lesson and every piece of feedback on assignments and in workshops I improved the way I write and developed my ideas about who I write for. The lecturers made this degree very enjoyable. I was always left thinking after every lecture." Deanna Tuitt, Creative Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) graduate, 2018
"Studying Creative Writing and English Literature gave me an insight into the history of literature in English and taught me a lot about the trajectories of creative writing in all its forms. The support of my tutors gave me the confidence to experiment and try new things, which has become invaluable in my attempts to create something new for myself and my readers." Jack Houston , Creative Writing (now Creative Writing and English Literature) BA (Hons) graduate, 2014. Jack was shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award 2020 . You can enjoy some of his early work in the course anthology published in his graduating year.
Where this course can take you
Graduates have gone on to successful careers in publishing, editing and related industries as well as publishing their own creative work. This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.
Creative Writing graduate and Somali-British poet Warsan Shire recently collaborated with Beyonce on her new album, Lemonade. The album, which sees the American superstar recite extracts from five of her poems, has catapulted Warsan into stardom in the US. Having graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2011, Warsan published Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth that same year and was named the first Young Poet Laureate of London in 2014.
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We're committed to continuously improving our degree courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. Many of the courses in our School of Social Sciences and Professions are currently under review for 2023-24 entry. We encourage you to apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and if there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our social sciences and professions courses to better reflect the needs of employers and ensure you're well-equipped for your future career.
We're committed to continuously improving our degree courses to ensure our students receive the best possible learning experience. Many of the courses in our School of Art, Architecture and Design are currently under review for 2023-24 entry. We encourage you to apply as outlined in the how to apply section of this page and if there are any changes to your course we will contact you. All universities review their courses regularly and this year we are strengthening our art, architecture and design courses to better reflect the needs of employers and ensure you're well-equipped for your future career.
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We have a lively study abroad programme which offers the chance to take humanities modules at American and Japanese Universities such as San Diego, US and Kansai Gaidai, Japan.
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News and success stories
London Met proud to announce the winners of the 2023 Big Writing Challenge
Students from across London took part in this year’s literary challenge, with the winners announced at a prizegiving ceremony at the prestigious Orion Publishing Group offices.
Winner of London Met’s Big Writing Challenge announced
Creative writing competition launched by London Met and Orion Publishing won by Elyana Guler for ‘The Grimm’.
2022 Jhalak Prize: London Met academic's literary prize sees record number of submissions
Co-founded by London Met's Professor Sunny Singh, the award is helping to improve diversity across British publishing and has become one of the industry's most prestigious accolades.
London Met alumni join BBC's Waterloo Road
Jesse Quinones will be Lead Director of the series; while Vincent Jerome will be a new leading cast member; and Jake Yates will work on the production team as a storyboarder.
"Greater sense of confidence in my abilities"
Single father of five Stavros Giannoulatos, who just graduated in English Literature and Creative Writing with first class honours, talks us through his past three years at London Met.
Ecology as Public and Mental Health
A discussion as part of London Met’s new interdisciplinary research initiative, Finding Ecologies, explores how we create environments in which we and others can flourish.
Irish Writers in London Summer School returns for 25th year
The Summer School, taking place in June 2021, provides an informal but informed setting for participants to read and discuss contemporary Irish literature.
Grace Jones: a short story
As part of Black History 365, we share an extract of an award-winning story by London Met alumna Irenosen Okojie which explores the experience of being Black and African in London.
London Met grad recognised as screen star of tomorrow
Matilda Ibini, who studied Creative Writing and English Literature at London Met, received the accolade from British film magazine Screen International.
London Met alum shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award
Jack Houston, who graduated from the University’s Creative Writing and English Literature programme, is among an illustrious group of nominees for the prestigious fiction prize.
Cass tutor promoted to Professor of Creative Writing and Inclusion in the Arts
Sunny Singh, award-winning writer and senior lecturer in Creative Writing and English Literature at The Cass, has been promoted to the title of Professor.
New Play by Cass Creative Writing Alumna to open at Bunker Theatre
3 to 21 December 2019
Creative Writing and English Literature graduate Matilda Ibini's play 'Little Miss Burden' is a coming-of-age story with a difference.
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A first-hand account of a student going through the Clearing process and how it changed their life.
Cass Summer Shows 2019 – dates announced
Students from The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design showcase their talent with a season of summer events.
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Have you always wanted to be a writer? Have you got a story to tell but you don't know how to unlock it? Do you want to know more about the craft of writing? Do you want to learn how to read both as a critic and as a writer?
If so, Birkbeck’s BA Creative Writing and English is the ideal degree for you. In the heart of literary London, in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, you will study with leading academics and celebrated published authors across the fields of fiction, poetry and drama, including playwright David Eldridge ( Beginning ) and screenwriter Daragh Carville ( The Bay).
You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. This creative writing and English degree culminates in the opportunity to develop both extended creative and critical pieces under the guidance of award-winning writers.
If you opt for the Foundation Year route, this will fully prepare you for undergraduate study. It is ideal if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied the relevant subjects, or if you didn't achieve the grades you need for a place on your chosen undergraduate degree.
Discover the career opportunities available by taking Creative Writing and English (BA (Hons)).
Key information and modules
Creative writing and english ba (hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024.
Creative Writing and English BA (Hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting October 2024
Creative writing and english with foundation year ba (hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024, creative writing and english with foundation year ba (hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting october 2024, other pathways for english (ba (hons)).
From 2023-24, we are changing the way we offer our programmes. You can now select the course route that is most suited to your skill set and interests. Apply for this course or select one of our pathways below.
- English and Language (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish) (BA (Hons))
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- Birkbeck was ranked 2nd in the UK for its English Language and Literature research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Birkbeck is located in the heart of literary London, in Bloomsbury, WC1. You could be studying in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and frequented by members of the Bloomsbury Group. The building houses our own creative hub which includes the Peltz Gallery , the Gordon Square Cinema and a theatre and performance space .
- You will be eligible to submit work to the annual Birkbeck creative writing journal, The Mechanics’ Institute Review . Read an account of how our students created the most recent issue of The Mechanics' Institute Review .
Birkbeck makes all reasonable efforts to deliver educational services, modules and programmes of study as described on our website. In the event that there are material changes to our offering (for example, due to matters beyond our control), we will update applicant and student facing information as quickly as possible and offer alternatives to applicants, offer-holders and current students.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.
All applicants, whatever their academic background, must submit a sample of 1000 words of creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or screenwriting).
For part-time courses, standard requirements are a minimum of two A-levels or equivalent.
UCAS tariff points
- 3 years full-time: 96-128 points (e.g. A-levels CCC-ABB)
- 4 years full-time with Foundation Year: 48 points
The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.
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Our 'with Foundation Year' route is designed to give you extra support as it provides you with an additional year (full-time) or two years (part-time) of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree.
Once you successfully complete your Foundation Year studies, you will automatically advance onto the main degree.
Alternative entry routes
3 years full-time and 4 years part-time: Access to Higher Education Diploma with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction in the subject area, although we may waive these formal entry requirements and make our own assessment based on the creative writing sample.
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If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests .
If you don’t meet the minimum English language requirements, please contact us or see our international study skills page for more details of how we can help.
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Creative Writing and English BA (Hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25
Academic year 2024–25, starting october 2024.
Full-time home students: £9,250 per year Full-time international students: £17,620 per year
Creative Writing and English BA (Hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25
Part-time home students: £6,935 per year Part-time international students : £13,215 per year
Creative Writing and English with Foundation Year BA (Hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25
Creative writing and english with foundation year ba (hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting in academic year 2024-25.
Part-time home students, Year 1&2: £4,625 per year Part-time international students , Year 1&2: £8,810 per year Part-time home students, Year 3+: £6,935 per year Part-time international students , Year 3+: £12,615 per year
Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their course. Tuition fees for students continuing on their course in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases. For more information, please see the College Fees Policy .
If you’ve studied at Birkbeck before and successfully completed an award with us, take advantage of our Lifelong Learning Guarantee to gain a discount on the tuition fee of this course.
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At Birkbeck, most of our courses are taught in the evening and all of our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience.
Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.
In addition, you will have access to pastoral support via a named Personal Tutor.
Methods of teaching on this course
Teaching is varied and interactive and takes the form of lecturer-led sessions on elements of craft, workshopping of students' creative work, class and home exercises, student readings, and individual and group work.
The Foundation Year is composed mainly of interactive lectures for large groups and tutorial-style classes that support the development of knowledge, skills, confidence and self-awareness.
You will taught by successful, published authors and practitioners, including:
- David Eldridge
- Richard Hamblyn
- Steve Willey
- Luke Williams .
Our evening hours are normally between 6pm and 9pm (6-7.30pm and 7.30-9pm). Some programmes also offer teaching during the day and this will be clearly signposted to you where it is available.
On our taught courses, you will have scheduled teaching and study sessions each year. Scheduled teaching sessions may include lectures, seminars, workshops or laboratory work. Depending on the modules you take, you may also have additional scheduled academic activities, such as tutorials, dissertation supervision, practical classes, visits and field trips. On our taught courses, the actual amount of time you spend in the classroom and in contact with your lecturers will depend on your course, the option modules you select and when you undertake your final-year project (if applicable).
Alongside your contact hours, you will also undertake assessment activities and independent learning outside of class. The amount of time you need to allocate to study both for taught sessions (this might include online sessions and/or in-person sessions) and personal study will depend on how much you are studying during the year and whether you are studying full time or part time.
Birkbeck’s courses are made up of modules and allocated ‘credit’. One credit is equivalent to ten hours of learning time. Modules are usually in 15, 30 or 60 credit units. A 15-credit module will mean around 150 hours of learning, including taught sessions and independent study or group work. This is spread out over the whole period of that module and includes the time you spend on any assessments, including in examinations, preparing and writing assessments or engaged in practical work as well as any study support sessions to help you in your learning.
On our distance-learning and blended-learning courses, discussion, collaboration and interaction with your lecturers and fellow students is encouraged and enabled through various learning technologies.
Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).
Indicative class size
Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to larger groups, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups led by a tutor.
On our taught courses, much of your time outside of class will be spent on self-directed, independent learning, including preparing for classes and following up afterwards. This will usually include, but is not limited to, reading books and journal articles, undertaking research, working on coursework and assignments, and preparing for presentations and assessments.
Independent learning is absolutely vital to your success as a student. Everyone is different, and the study time required varies topic by topic, but, as a guide, expect to schedule up to five hours of self-study for each hour of teaching.
Study skills and additional support
Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:
- academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
- written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
- numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).
Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.
Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.
Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short- or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.
Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.
Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.
Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.
Methods of assessment on this course
Creative writing modules are assessed by 100% coursework. This includes short creative projects, essays, presentations, a writer’s notebook, web publishing and an extended creative work in a specific genre.
English literature modules are assessed by essays, examinations and a range of other exercises.
An extended project forms part of the course in the final year.
Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue career paths in creative writing, journalism, education or media production. Possible professions include:
- higher education lecturer
Birkbeck creative writing graduates include:
- Niki Aguirre
- Sarah Alexander
- Laura Allsop
- Iphgenia Baal
- Phoebe Blatton
- Nicole Burstein
- Tray Butler
- Melissa De Villiers
- Liz Fremantle
- A. J. Grainger
- Emma Henderson
- Sally Hinchcliffe
- Heidi James
- Olya Knezevic
- Matthew Loukes
- Nadim Safdar
- Karin Salvalaggio
- David Savill.
We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.
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The first UCAS deadline is in January, and the majority of university applications through UCAS are made by then. Find the exact deadline date on the UCAS website . We welcome applications outside of the UCAS deadlines, so you can still apply through UCAS after the January deadline, depending on the availability of places. We also take late applications via the UCAS Clearing system in August.
If you are applying for a part-time undergraduate course (4 or 6 year), you apply directly to Birkbeck by using the Apply now button. You will need to prove your identity when you apply - read more about suitable forms of identification .
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Other pathways for English (BA (Hons))
Course structure, course structure listing, course structure and modules for creative writing and english ba (hons): 3 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024.
You must complete modules worth a total of 360 credits.
- Year 1: five compulsory modules
- Year 2: two compulsory modules, one option module in scriptwriting or poetry and one option module in English literature
- Year 3: one compulsory module, one option module in scriptwriting or poetry, one or two English literature option modules and a dissertation
Year 1 compulsory modules
- Doing English
- Introduction to Playwriting and Poetry
- Storytelling: Narrative Archetypes, Forms and Techniques
- Writing London
Year 2 compulsory modules
- Narrative Methods
- The Novel: Writing the Modern World
Year 2 option modules
- Poetry Workshop 1
- Scriptwriting Workshop 1: The Essentials of Stage and Screen (The 30 Minute Script)
Year 3 compulsory module
- The Creative Critical Seam
Year 3 option modules
- Poetry Workshop 2: The Open Page
- Scriptwriting Workshop 2: Writing for the Contemporary Stage
English literature option modules
- Benjamin / Barthes
- Contemporary British Fiction
- Geoffrey Chaucer
- Medieval and Renaissance Body, Mind, and Soul
- Reading Joyce's Ulysses
- Shakespeare and Performance
- Telling the self
- Transcultural Encounters: Literature, Empire, Ethnicity
BA Creative Writing and English dissertation
- BA Dissertation in Creative Writing and English
Course structure and modules for Creative Writing and English BA (Hons): 4 years part-time, on campus, starting October 2024
- Year 1: four compulsory modules
- Year 2: three compulsory modules
- Year 3: one compulsory module, one option module in scriptwriting or poetry and one option module in English literature
- Year 4: one option module in scriptwriting or poetry, one or two English literature option modules and a dissertation
Year 4 option modules
English literature option modules, course structure and modules for creative writing and english with foundation year ba (hons): 4 years full-time, on campus, starting october 2024.
For the Foundation Year, you undertake three core modules and choose one option module: either The Arts: Questioning the Contemporary World or a language module.
If you successfully complete these modules, you will automatically advance on to our three-year, full-time, evening study BA Creative Writing and English .
Foundation Year core modules
- Breaking Boundaries of Knowledge
- Fundamentals of Study
- The Arts: Perspectives and Possibilities
Foundation Year option modules
- French 3 (Level 4)
- French 4 (Level 4)
- German 3 (Level 4)
- German 4 (Level 4)
- Italian 3 (Level 4)
- Italian 4 (Level 4)
- Japanese 3 (Level 4)
- Japanese 4 (Level 4)
- Spanish 3 (Level 4)
- Spanish 4 (Level 4)
- The Arts: Questioning the Contemporary World
Course structure and modules for Creative Writing and English with Foundation Year BA (Hons): 6 years part-time, on campus, starting October 2024
Our part-time Foundation Year degrees allow you to spread out your Foundation Year studies over two years. As the 'Foundation Year' is made up of 120 credits, as a part-time student you can take 60 credits in each of your first and second years before starting the main four-year BA Creative Writing and English. This means that you can take six years to complete the part-time degree with Foundation Year.
In Foundation Year 1 you take two core modules and in Foundation Year 2 you take one core module and choose one option module.
If you successfully complete these modules, you will automatically advance on to our four-year, part-time, evening study BA Creative Writing and English .
Foundation Year 1 core modules
Foundation year 2 core module, foundation year 2 option modules.
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English Literature and Creative Writing BA(Hons)
This course is for students who are passionate about literature and want to apply critical reading and research skills to a diverse range of writing practice.
Throughout the English Literature and Creative Writing degree course, you will combine a knowledge of literary theory with your own writing, learning how writing can perform and interrogate theory.
You will also consider a variety of texts in relation to political, aesthetic and cultural ideas in order to enhance your own work. Trips and research projects offer a highly practical way of understanding the connections between theory and practice.
Our enthusiastic and award-winning tutors will help you to become a motivated thinker and writer with excellent critical and creative writing skills.
We also work with local publishers and authors to develop your professional understanding of writing. Specific modules allow you to work within community groups and companies in order to develop your writing and reflect critically on your practice.
Location Brighton: Moulsecoomb
UCAS code Q311
Full-time 3 years
Apply now with UCAS for 2024
A-level or BTEC Entry requirements are in the range of A-level BBB–BCC (120–104 UCAS Tariff points), or BTEC Extended Diploma DMM–MMM. Our conditional offers typically fall within this range.
A-levels must include at least one of English literature, English language, English language and literature, sociology or psychology.
International Baccalaureate 26 points, with three subjects at Higher level.
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits overall. Humanities, history or politics courses preferred. At least 45 credits at level 3.
Studied before or got relevant experience? A qualification, HE credits or relevant experience may count towards your course at Brighton, and could mean that you do not have to take some elements of the course or can start in year 2 or 3.
English language requirements IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element. Find out more about the other English qualifications that we accept .
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Full-time students have 10–11 hours contact time a week in lectures, seminars and workshops, but you are also expected to carry out independent study. Part-time study is possible and can be tailored to suit individual needs.
Our courses are reviewed and enhanced on an ongoing basis in order to make sure that what you learn with us is relevant and that your course enables you to develop appropriate skills. When you apply to study with us, we will inform you of any new developments in your chosen programme through Student View .
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Your first year focuses on understanding the different approaches to literary texts from both a creative and critical standpoint. You will study a wide variety of texts, including film, novels, poetry, theatre, short stories and autobiography.
Brighton is a vibrant and unique place that has impacted on British and European culture, as well being at the forefront of social changes since the eighteenth-century. This module is a literary and cultural exploration of Brighton as a place. You will engage and connect with Brighton’s history, literary culture and your own creative writing practice. The module benefits from several city trips, which will bring learning materials to life.
Taking inspiration from Edward Said’s book The World, the Text, and the Critic (1983), this module enables you to explore some of the key debates in contemporary literary studies. Organised around decolonial, feminist, queer, ecocritical and other approaches to texts, you'll develop critical writing skills and knowledge of social, cultural and political contexts in the interpretation of literary works and the wider world.
This module explores poetry from a diverse selection of writers, time periods and cultures. Learning how to analyse and interpret poetry and understand poetic forms and techniques, you'll discuss poetry as a political act, form of protest and agent of social change to discover the dynamic possibilities of poetry as a relevant means of communication and connection essential in our changing world. Students co-create this module and you'll develop your own practice through curating a poetry anthology.
How might theatre engage audiences with the politics of class, race, gender, sexuality and the environment? You'll examine a range of plays in context, exploring how provocative stories develop through characterisation, stage directions, dialogue and dramatic action. Learn to think critically and creatively about theatrical texts and how to write scripts for stage in inclusive collaborations with your peers.
This module will introduce you to practices of storying the self in writing and digital media. Through creating a first person story combining audio script, music and still image, you will engage with the expressive complexities of autobiographical representation. The module will also give you the creative writing tools to experiment with storying the self in a variety of written genre.
Explore the concept of a professional writerly identity, and consider a ‘writing life’ in personal, local and global terms. Through studying and by contact with professional writers, you will investigate writing as self-expression, craft, process and profession; curating a writerly identity/ persona; developing your writing towards your future career; and the writing life and its implications on the global stage, for example as an act of resistance to inequalities.
In your second year you can tailor your degree to your interests. There are placement opportunities available in year 2 as well as field trips to theatres, museums, schools and other community projects.
You can also choose option modules from across our humanities and arts subjects.
At the end of your second year you will have the opportunity to study abroad.
- Stories that Transform
- The Nineteenth Century in Literature
- British Literature and Twentieth-century History
- Research and Practice
- Studying Travel Writing
- Documentary Filmmaking: Theory and Practice
- Twentieth-century Literary Experiments
- Queer Writings
- Literature in Practice
- Literature and Art History
- American Literature 1850–1945
- Image and Text: The Language of Comics and Graphic Novels
- Writing for Stage, Radio and Screen
- Media in Practice
- Introduction to Journalism
- Cinema and Society
- Television Studio Production
- Photography: From Painting with Light to Zeroes and Ones
- Power and Persuasion
- Contested Stories
*Option modules are indicative and may change, depending on timetabling and staff availability.
In year 2 you can choose a placement module which will allow you to gain professional experience in industries such as publishing, broadcasting, social media marketing, PR and the charity sector.
Recent placement hosts include:
- Action Medical Research
- Action Tutoring
- Airstream Photo Booth
- Brighton Dome and Festival
- British Forces Broadcasting Services
- Epoque Press
- Factory Films
- The Old Market Theatre
- Little Green Pig
- Men’s Health Magazine
In year 3 you can choose the Community Placement module aimed at further building your professional experience. This is 30 to 50 hours of voluntary work with a not-for-profit or community organisation. The placement is assessed and contributes to your degree.
Mia Kurian, graduate
“My placement was with Metropolitan City Church Brighton as their Social Media Manager. I learnt a lot about myself and my interests and the type of career I may want to pursue. I got to try my hand at website design, something I had never done before, and it was a great opportunity for me to expand my creativity. Professionally, I gained a lot of experience that has been extremely useful in my career today. I learnt about creating brand cohesion and creating a brand image from scratch, something I’ve never done before.
"I absolutely loved it. It was an incredible learning experience as well as insightful. It allowed me to learn a lot about myself and the future I want. My placement manager was lovely and supportive and allowed me the freedom to explore my creativity.”
In your final year you will work towards your dissertation and choose from a wide range of option areas. In the second semester, you will collaborate with your peers on a conference where you will showcase your research and writing at a public event.
- Brighton Rocks: Final Year Show
- Community Placement: Theory in Practice
- Russian Literature and Culture: The Golden Age and Beyond
- (Re)viewing Shakespeare
- Apocalypse, Utopia and Dystopia
- Literature and Philosophy
- Post-war American Literature
- Literature and the World Wars
- Women's Writing and Feminist Theory
- Restoration Drama
- Citizen Journalism
- Creative Writing Project
- From Script to Screen
- Conflict, Migration, Borders
- Reading and Writing Landscape
- Gothic: Texts and Contexts
- Victorian Sexualities
- Brighton Rocks
- Writing the Contemporary
- Postcolonial Literatures
- European Literatures and Film
- Culture Wars: Revisiting the Great Divide
- World Englishes
- Language of Gender and Sexuality
- Analysing Big Data: Qualitative Methods in Language Research
- Approaches to Analysing Discourse
- English Language Teaching
- Popular Culture: Europe and Beyond
- Images of War
- Autobiography of the Screen
- Media Ethics and Conflict
Mithras House is home to all our School of Humanities and Social Science courses. It has a series of ‘labs’, which may be used for teaching on your course or in your independent research work. Life lab A comfortable space with lounge furniture intended for qualitative research with larger groups. Due to its relaxed layout and naturalistic environment, the space is suited to research using focus groups, research using observation-based methods and child research.
The space is also used for teaching on some social science courses, as well as for dissertation research for projects. City lab A space designed for collaborative student learning. It is used by students and staff involved in the university’s Global Challenges programme, our collective mission to contribute towards solutions to tackling the pressing issues facing our world. Design lab A space housing our extensive collection of historic dress and textiles, which are used in some teaching on our History of Art and Design courses . It has the space and equipment to work on textile projects. Displays created by students on these programmes are on view in the social spaces of the building.
Stats lab A specialist workspace with computing equipment for statistical analysis and projects involving video and audio editing software. The lab is accessible as a study space to students on psychology courses.
It is also available to students studying courses involving video and audio recording and editing, such as politics degrees and our creative writing programmes. The stats lab contains eight soundproof booths for recording or transcribing interviews undertaken as part of dissertation research. VR and eye tracking lab This lab is used for psychological research, specifically eye-tracking research and virtual reality research. Equipment includes an electroencephalography (EEG) headset and Electrodermal Activity (EDA) equipment.
Meet the team
Dr Bea Hitchman, course leader
Beatrice's research interests are in critical and creative writing. Her work focuses on gender, queer writing and historical fiction, concepts of 'voice', endings and writing the remote past. Her 2013 novel Petite Mort was nominated for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Prize, the Polari Prize, the HWA Debut Novel Prize and the Desmond Elliott Prize, and serialised as a ten-part Radio 4 drama. Her second novel is All of You Every Single One (2021). Read novelist and writing tutor Beatrice Hitchman's staff profile .
Dr Jess Moriarty
Jess Moriarty researches in the field of teaching writing practice, especially in auto-ethnographical academic writing and in creative writing with undergraduates.
She graduated from the University of Sussex with a Creative Writing MA in 2002 and joined the University of Brighton soon after. Jess's doctorate looked at how to make academic writing more personal and creative and included a play based on her autobiographical and researched experiences with academic life. She won a Teaching Excellence award for her workshops with undergraduates.
Jess is the co-founder of Work Write Live, which provides a range of writing short courses and volunteering opportunities for students across arts and humanities courses to develop the vocational and academic skills they are acquiring on their degree programme. You can read more about writer and creative-writing tutor Dr Jess Moriarty on her staff profile .
Dr Craig Jordan-Baker
Dr Craig Jordan-Baker is a writer, critic and academic. He is a Senior Lecturer and joint course leader for English Literature and Creative Writing BA(Hons). He studied creative writing at University of Bedfordshire, and University of Sussex before receiving his PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sussex in 2013.
Craig has been teaching creative writing since 2006 and joined the University of Brighton in 2016. He has been nominated for teaching awards several times and most recently, he was a winner of the 2018 Excellence in Facilitating and Empowering Learning Award.
Craig’s drama has been widely performed, and his writing widely published. His work has been nominated for awards and he has received funding from the Arts Council. He has worked with several museums and received commissions from The National Archives and The Booth Museum of Natural History. You can read more about novelist and creative writing tutor Dr Craig Jordan-Baker on his staff profile .
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Creative Writing lecturer publishes book on creative process
Jess Moriarty has co-edited a book featuring insights into the experiences of practitioners who use their creative process in a professional and personal context, showing how their creative process has helped them to achieve a fulfilling work/life balance.
Exhibition at University of Brighton highlights gender-based violence in UK and Mexico
Trans-sensory stories of gender-based violence: I feel, therefore I resist is at Grand Parade (14 – 18 Nov) and features artwork, sometimes provocative and disturbing, and includes illustration, fine art painting, comic stories, zines, performance, poetry, film, video, sculpture, light art and creative writing.
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Prepare for your career
Your BA English Literature and Creative Writing degree provides subject knowledge and expertise and opportunities to put what you learn into practice with work-related experience.
- You will develop valuable transferable skills such as a critical thinking and writing, independent research and analysis.
- The course will equip you with excellent presentation, written and oral communication skills.
- Option modules in your second and third years span subjects including Russian Literature, journalism, philosophy and adaptations enabling you to tailor your degree to your specific career ambitions.
- A programme of visiting writers and publishing professionals give you a window into the publishing industry.
- You can opt to take a voluntary placement as part of the course and complete a practical project with a local community or voluntary organisation.
- Workshops and spoken word events will help you find your writing voice and you will also be encouraged to enter competitions to build your confidence as a writer.
Extra-curricular activities which can add to your skillset and experience include:
- The Performance and Community Research and Enterprise Group which celebrates, challenges and researches the various modes of performance (voice, body, space, movement, language, sound, texture, shape, words).
- The student-led Creative Writing Society
Showcasing your talent
The Scrivener series of talks runs twice a semester giving you the chance to talk with a professional writer about their work. This feeds into open mic nights where you can showcase your work
As a Creative Writing student you will have the opportunity to organise your own academic conference in your final year, centred around celebrating you and your fellow students’ work. Students organise all aspects of the event and present at the conference.
All Creative Writing students receive a weekly email digest of writing competitions and opportunities. Our aim is to encourage you to get your work out there, and think about the future.
Royal Literary Fund Fellow
If you want professional feedback on any aspect of your writing, from an essay to a manuscript, you can book a one-to-one tutorial with our resident Royal Literary Fund Fellow .
The sessions are free, confidential and independent of the university.
You can get advice on
- academic writing style and how to answer essay questions.
- all aspects of your writing, such as developing and structuring an argument to improving style.
What can I do with a literature and creative writing degree?
Creative writing and literature degree graduates gain a broad range of skills applicable in a variety of roles, such as:
- Editorial assistant
- Higher education lecturer
- Publishing copy-editor/proofreader
High-profile graduates from our English programmes include Paris Lees, Tanaka Mhishi and Munroe Bergdorf.
Graduates from our English programmes have gone on to careers in:
- Social media marketing
- English tutorship
- SEO Executive
- Public relations
This degree opens up a range of postgraduate study options. At Brighton, for example, you could progress to:
- Creative Writing MA
- Journalism MA
- Secondary English PGCE .
You could also choose to complete your PhD at Brighton alongside our team of world-leading researchers.
Supporting your employability
Outside of your course, our Careers Service is here to support you as you discover (and re-discover) your strengths and what matters to you. We are here for you throughout your university journey as you work towards a fulfilling and rewarding career.
Connect with our careers team
- Find part-time work that you can combine with your studies.
- Find, or be, a mentor or get involved with our peer-to-peer support scheme.
- Develop your business ideas through our entrepreneurial support network.
- Get professional advice and support with career planning, CV writing and interview top tips.
- Meet potential employers at our careers fairs.
- Find rewarding volunteering opportunities to help you discover more about what makes you tick, and build your CV.
Whatever your career needs, we are here to help. And that's not just while you are a student, our support carries on after you've graduated.
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Fees and costs
UK (full-time) 9,250 GBP
International (full-time) 15,900 GBP
The fees listed here are for the first year of full-time study if you start your course in the academic year 2024–25 .
You will pay fees for each year of your course. Some fees may increase each year.
UK undergraduate and some postgraduate fees are regulated by the UK government and increases will not be more than the maximum amount allowed. Course fees that are not regulated may increase each year by up to 5% or RPI (whichever is higher).
If you are studying part-time your fee will usually be calculated based on the number of modules that you take.
- Fees, bursaries, scholarships and government funding info for UK and international undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Student finance and budgeting while studying
- About the university’s fees by checking our student contract and tuition fee policy (pdf).
You may have to pay additional costs during your studies. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. A summary of the costs that you may be expected to pay, and what is included in your fees, while studying a course in the School of Humanities and Social Science in the 2022–23 academic year are listed here.
- For some assessments you may be required to print large format posters for presentations at a cost of £5–£10 per poster.
- Most coursework submissions are electronic but you may wish to print notes and should budget up to £100 for printing.
- Course books are available from the university but you may wish to budget up to £200 to buy your own copies.
- Some courses include an optional placement module for which students will need to cover the costs of travel to and from the placement and DBS checks as required.
- Supervision fees: £1,170 for each full year. Estimated based on £45 per hour with fortnightly meetings. In some agencies, supervision will be provided at no cost. Where students have to pay, the cost will only begin when supervision begins.
- Personal counselling/therapy: £2,000–£2,800 over the course. Estimated based on £40 per hour.
- For a number of courses you will have the opportunity to attend field trips and off-site visits. These are optional and are not required to pass your course but under normal circumstances we would expect a budget of approximately £150 per year will cover the costs of particular trips. The amount spent would be based on location and number of trips taken.
- You will have access to computers and necessary software, however many students choose to buy their own hardware, software and accessories. The amount spent will depend on your individual choices but this expenditure is not essential to pass any of our courses.
You can chat with our enquiries team if you have a question or need more information. Or check our finance pages for advice about funding and scholarships as well as more information about fees and advice on international and island fee-paying status.
Location and student life
Campus where this course is taught
Two miles north of Brighton seafront, Moulsecoomb is our largest campus and student village. Moulsecoomb has been transformed by a recent development of our estate. On campus you'll find new Students' Union, events venue, and sports and fitness facilities, alongside the library and student centre.
Over 900 students live here in our halls, Moulsecoomb Place and the new Mithras halls – Brunswick, Goldstone, Hanover, Preston and Regency.
Moulsecoomb has easy access to buses and trains and to all the exciting things happening in our home city.
We guarantee an offer of a place in halls of residence to all eligible students . So if you applied for halls by the deadline you are guaranteed a room in our halls of residence.
Halls of residence We have self-catered halls on all our campuses, within minutes of your classes, and other options that are very nearby.
You can apply for any of our halls, but the options closest to your study location are:
- Mithras Halls are stylish new high-rises in the heart of the student village at our revitalised Moulsecoomb campus with ensuite rooms for more than 800 students.
- Varley Park is a popular dedicated halls site, offering a mix of rooms and bathroom options at different prices. It is around two miles from Moulsecoomb campus and four miles from the city centre, and is easy to get to by bus.
Want to live independently? We can help – find out more about private renting .
Modern accommodation at Moulsecoomb
Relaxing in halls near the campus
Student Union social space at Moulsecoomb
The city of Brighton & Hove is a forward-thinking place which leads the way in the arts, technology, sustainability and creativity. You'll find living here plays a key role in your learning experience.
Brighton is a leading centre for creative media technology, recently named the startup capital of the UK.
The city is home to a national 5G testbed and over 1,000 tech businesses. The digital sector is worth over £1bn a year to the local economy - as much as tourism.
All of our full-time undergraduate courses involve work-based learning - this could be through placements, live briefs and guest lectures. Many of these opportunities are provided by local businesses and organisations.
It's only 50 minutes by train from Brighton to central London and less than 40 minutes to Eastbourne. There are also daily direct trains to Bristol, Bedford, Cambridge, Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth and Southampton.
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Take your love of literature to a higher level and refine your writing skills with academic rigour on our English and Creative Writing degree course.
Explore literature through an academic lens in theory and in practice, enhancing your understanding of each through participation in the other.
You'll learn to analyse literature as a critic, historian and linguist, and from the perspective of future creators, storytellers, playwrights and poets – all of which will transform your writing skills. Develop techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays, and learn to dissect, critique and perform your own writing.
By the end of your degree, you’ll open up professional career paths and postgraduate routes eager for writing and literary expertise, including editing and publishing, teaching, and broadcasting.
- Take part in Portsmouth's annual Comic Con for the latest developments in creative writing and literature, popular culture, fan communities, and technology – course lecturers and students are panelists
- Build your writing portfolio by contributing to our course blog The Eldon Review and our local news zine Star & Crescent
- Contribute to cultural preservation projects with staff members, such as the Portsmouth Literary Map and the Writing Literary Portsmouth blog, to enhance your research practice
- Learn from experts in both creative writing and English literature: from published novelists and industry-active writers, to renowned specialists of 19th to 21st-century literature and culture
- Gain valuable professional experience by taking an optional placement
- Spend a year or a semester studying abroad to discover another culture and way of learning
- Take advantage of our extra-curricular Institute-Wide Language Programme to improve your linguistic skills and earn credits
Ba (hons) english and creative writing, typical offer (september 2024 start), typical offers.
- A levels - BBB-BBC
- UCAS points - 112-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, including a relevant subject ( calculate your UCAS points )
- BTECs (Extended Diplomas) - DDM-DMM
- International Baccalaureate - 25
You may need to have studied specific subjects – find full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept at UCAS .
Applicants without relevant qualifications will be asked to provide a portfolio to support their application.
For more information on how to put together a portfolio, read our Creative Writing courses portfolio guide .
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
See alternative English language qualifications
We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications , as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.
If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
We look at more than just your grades
While we consider your grades when making an offer, we also carefully look at your circumstances and other factors to assess your potential. These include whether you live and work in the region and your personal and family circumstances which we assess using established data.
Explore more about how we make your offer
How to prepare for this course
Here are two ways you can get ready for all the exciting writing you'll be doing over the next three years.
We have some recommended titles you can check out:
- ‘The Writer’s Journey’ (Christopher Vogler)
- ‘The Seven Basic Plots’ (Christopher Booker)
- ‘From the Beast to the Blonde’ (Marina Warner)
- ‘The Creative Writing Handbook’ (edited by Steve Earnshaw)
- ‘Save the Cat’ (Blake Snyder)
All of these appear in module reading lists on our Creative Writing courses, so buying them could be worthwhile – or you could wait until you can access them in our University Library or on our Moodle pages after starting this course.
Write every day; don’t throw any of it away.
Writing's the easiest and most important way to prepare for a creative writing course. The more you write, the more you’ll:
- discover your voice
- hone your technique
- become more self-reflective
You don’t have to pen a major publication or a future blockbuster screenplay either. You can start small by keeping a diary, journal, or setting up your own blog, and adding entries to those.
Facilities and specialist software
Writing and scripting software
Pen film, TV and stage masterpieces using industry-wide scriptwriting software such as Celtx and Final Draft.
Open Access Suite
Our open-plan space includes PCs and Macs equipped with Adobe Creative Suite and other professional software.
Our University Library is home to not only publications you'll need for your studies but also rare archives and special book collections that will help kindle your writing fire.
Course-related projects and blogs
Portsmouth literary map.
Explore Portsmouth's rich literary heritage and contemporary literature scene through an interactive map and blog
Writing Literary Portsmouth Blog
Our blog explores the literary depths of Portsmouth, featuring local and famous authors and their relationships with the city.
Careers and opportunities
An excellent writer and speaker will prosper in a vast field of career opportunities. You’ll graduate from this course with outstanding writing and speaking skills, as well as proofreading and grammar proficiency. All of these qualities will help you from the moment you write your first job application. You’ll also have developed excellent skills in imagination, empathy, and research, which are valuable assets to any employer.
Areas graduates from our Creative Writing courses have worked in include:
- creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
- advertising and marketing
- arts and events management
- local and community broadcasting
- stand-up comedy
- travel industry
Roles graduates from our Creative Writing courses have gone onto include:
- theatre manager
- editorial assistant
Some of our graduates have landed spots in big companies and organisations, including:
- BBC Radio 1
- Red Magazine
Ongoing careers support
Get experience while you study , with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities, and work experience. You can also venture into freelancing, or set up and run your own business with help from the University Startup Team.
Towards the end of your degree and for up to five years after graduation, you’ll receive one-to-one support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to help you find your perfect role.
Placement year (optional)
After your second or third year, you can complete an optional work placement to gain professional experience and enhance your skills. It's also a great incentive for employers once you graduate.
You can work for a company, organisation or agency, or you can go self-employed and start your own business with fellow students or by yourself.
Whatever you decide – or even if you just want some employability advice – our exclusive Creative Careers team can support you every step of the way.
Our in-faculty Creative Careers team has extensive recruitment experience and knows the creative sector well, making it easier for students to find placements within the creative industries .
They can guide you through every step of the application process, including:
- Searching for the ideal job through their database of vacancies
- Giving tips on how to write an interesting CV that will catch employers' attention, no matter the role
- Organising mock interviews, so you can hone your technique and familiarise yourself with the recruitment environment
- Writing your startup business proposal – if you're going down the self-employment route
The team will continue to give you support throughout your placement year.
What you can do on a placement year
If you're thinking of doing a placement but not sure what role to take or where to go, we can steer you in a direction that fits your aspirations.
Check out our Creative Careers team's blog to find out where fellow film, media and communication students have interned during their studies.
Read our blog post
Placement students on our Creative Writing courses have worked in a variety of roles in commerce, publishing, entertainment, and education. Others have chosen to work for themselves.
Among these experiences are:
- Digital content creator at the head office of a major retailer
- Trainee editorial assistants at The London Magazine and Star & Crescent
- Writing and publishing novellas and poetry collections as a freelancer
- Content writer for a Brixton music promotion company
- Teachers in schools
What you'll study
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.
Core modules in this year include:
- Body Politics – 40 credits
- Telling Tales – 20 credits
- Tips, Tricks, Techniques – 20 credits
- True Stories – 20 credits
- The Short Story: Murder, Madness and Experimentation – 20 credits
There are no optional modules in this year.
Core modules for this year include:
- Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim – 20 credits
Optional modules in this year include:
- Film, Media and Communication Study Exchange – 60 credits
- Finding Form - Fiction – 20 credits
- Finding Form - Nonfiction – 20 credits
- Creative Writing For Film – 20 credits
- Crime Writing – 20 credits
- Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination – 20 credits
- Women's Writing in the Americas – 20 credits
- Creative Writing and Critical Thinking – 20 credits
- Research in Practice – 20 credits
- Bloody Shakespeare: the Politics and Poetics of Violence – 20 credits
- Engaged Citizenship Through Interdisciplinary Practice – 20 credits
- Finding Form - Speculative Fiction – 20 credits
- Modern Foreign Language (Institution-wide Language Programme) – 20 credits
- Press and Public Relations – 20 credits
- Professional Experience – 20 credits
- Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature – 20 credits
- Space, Place and Being – 20 credits
- Student Enterprise – 20 credits
- English Literature Dissertation – 40 credits
- Or Creative Writing Dissertation – 40 credits
- Advanced Screenwriting – 20 credits
- Fact and Fiction – 20 credits
- Fan Fiction – 20 credits
- Holocaust Literatures – 20 credits
- US Masculinities – 20 credits
- Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture – 20 credits
- Magical Realism – 20 credits
- Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction – 20 credits
- Travel Writing: Global and Local Engagements – 20 credits
- Writing Project (With Publishing) – 20 credits
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year after your 2nd or 3rd year to get valuable experience working in industry.
We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.
Changes to course content
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. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
Exchanges and study abroad
In your second or third year, you can choose to study abroad at one of our partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia or North America. All classes are delivered in English and you'll still be able to get both your tuition fee and maintenance loans. You may also qualify for a government travel grant .
Find out more about studying abroad
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- short stories
- a novel in progress
- a screenplay
- a collection of poems
- a video production
- a research portfolio
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-to-one tutorials
There's an emphasis on giving you the freedom and choice to develop the skills you need to succeed wherever your career takes you.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
We use a blended learning approach to teaching, which means you’ll take part in both face-to-face and online activities during your studies. As well as attending your timetabled classes you'll study independently in your free time, supported by staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
See term dates
Supporting your learning
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:
Types of support
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
You'll have regular contact with your personal tutor in learning activities or scheduled meetings. You can also make an appointment with them if you need extra support.
Student support advisor
Academic skills tutors.
You'll have help from a team of faculty academic skills tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- understanding and using assignment feedback
- managing your time and workload
- revision and exam techniques
Creative skills tutors
It and computing support, academic skills support (ask).
As well as support from faculty staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).
ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
- academic writing
- note taking
- time management
- critical thinking
- presentation skills
- working in groups
- revision, memory and exam techniques
If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.
Wellbeing and mental health support
Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.
You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service , in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.
Disability advice and additional support
If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.
They'll help you to
- discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
- liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
- access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
- liaise with external services
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone, or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
Support with English
If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Course costs and funding
Tuition fees, september 2024 start.
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £18,100 a year (subject to annual increase)
You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.
Tuition fees terms and conditions
Funding your studies
Find out how to fund your studies , including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs , including what your tuition fees cover.
Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students .
Additional course costs
These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.
Accommodation and living costs.
Our accommodation section show your accommodation options and highlight how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.
You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.
You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.
Final year project
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.
You’ll need to cover additional costs, such as travel costs, if you take an optional placement or placement abroad.
These costs will vary depending on the location and duration of the placement, and can range from £50–£1000.
Placement year and study abroad tuition fees
During your placement year or study abroad year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees.
Tuition fees for that year are:
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
- EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)
The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.
How to apply
To start this course in 2024, apply through UCAS . You'll need:
- the UCAS course code – QW38
- our institution code – P80
If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form .
You can also sign up to an Open Day to:
- Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
- Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
- Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join
If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course .
Applying from outside the UK
International and eu students.
As an international student you'll apply using the same process as UK students, but you’ll need to consider a few extra things.
You can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.
Find out what additional information you need in our international students section .
If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.
Admissions terms and conditions
When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.
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We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email [email protected] with your specific details.
Develop professional skills and follow your passion for literature and writing with an exciting combination of creative practice and critical thinking, led by expert researchers and award-winning authors.
- Engage with the world beyond university. Work with communities, international institutions, literary festivals, publishing houses and cultural projects.
- Your projects, your way, with our support. From creating digital projects, to essays, publications and podcasts - we’ll help you find your voice.
- Explore literature through a global perspective, embracing it as a diverse phenomenon and challenging its complex histories.
Combining Creative Writing and English has a number of benefits. Your Creative Writing modules will give you a space to explore your imagination and translate your ideas into poetry, script and prose, as well as graphic novels and comics, or live literature – events, festivals, readings and performances connected with your craft.
English Literature introduces you to an incredible range of literary worlds. From classic texts to new and unfamiliar writing, you'll be asked to think differently about what ‘literature’ can be and to explore original ways of reading and analysing it. We’ll ask you to place your reading in wider contexts, and to draw on other disciplines to deepen your understanding and sharpen your insights.
It’s not just about reading and writing – you’ll also learn vital professional skills. English Literature and Creative Writing will help you develop the creativity, analysis, communication and collaboration skills, which can open up a diverse range of possible careers. To maximise your potential, we’ll support you in learning how to manage projects, work with your peers, and collaborate in our partnership projects.
During your degree, you’ll encounter people working in a range of organisations in the creative and cultural industries, such as publishing houses, literary agencies, charities, museums and heritage sites, advertising and marketing agencies. You’ll leave with a portfolio of work and experience that demonstrates the practical and professional skills, habits and ways of thinking that you’ve learned – which are highly valued by employers.
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for Graduate Prospects in Creative Writing (Sunday Times Good University Guide, 2024)
#12 in the UK
for Satisfied with Course in English (Guardian University Guide, 2023)
Why choose this combination?
Being a better reader helps you to become a better writer, and vice versa. Writers studying English benefit from critical engagement with a wide range of literature, and studying literature helps you understand your own creative practice within the wider literary culture. In parallel, your creative writing skills, as they develop, enable you to recognise elements of style and authorial craft in literature. This combination of critical skills, knowledge and practice will give you the tools to understand the world and seek to shape it.
What you'll learn
We combine the academic study of literature with creative practice and skill-based modules to create a practical, applied degree. You’ll learn how to analyse a wide range of literary texts and explore different writing styles and genres, but you'll also learn practical skills such as:
- the craft of writing for different audiences
- editing and copywriting skills
- communicating your ideas through a variety of forms and media.
You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with other students both within and outside your course.
Year one The first year will introduce you to key elements and concepts in both subjects. You’ll develop your skills with a broad curriculum of core modules in Creative Writing and English Literature, plus one cross-disciplinary module.
Year two Alongside core modules in both subjects, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of Creative Writing and English Literature modules that cover a wide range of genres and topics, including a number that emphasise working with cultural industries or local communities.
Year three The final year follows the mix of required and optional modules from year two, but with an additional emphasis on independent writing and research. You’ll write a piece of extended creative writing in the form of your choice, and in your English studies, you can choose from a variety of final projects (previously, students have created digital resources, worked at literary festivals and produced educational materials, to name a few examples).
Assessment is based on 100% coursework (there are no exams). Most modules will require you to submit a portfolio of creative writing along with a reflective or contextual essay in which you describe what you've learned in class and from your reading/working on your own writing.
Depending on your module choices, coursework may include essays, journals, portfolios of short critical pieces, projects and dissertations, podcasts, seminar presentations, and web-based projects.
You’ll be taught through a mixture of workshops, lectures, presentations and tutorials. Workshops offer you the opportunity to read and discuss each other's work in a supportive, informal and informative atmosphere. Lectures are used to introduce techniques and themes in detail. Tutorials provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor on a one-to-one basis.
To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement .
Facilities and resources
The course is taught at our stunning Newton Park campus, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and beautiful eighteenth century landscaping.
You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including:
- Commons building with its state-of-the-art classrooms, study spaces and caf é
- Digital labs (Mac rooms) for students learning new media
- Virtual Learning Environment to support you in your modules.
As a Creative Writing and English Literature student, you'll have access to:
- Cameras, audio recording and other equipment, available through the University's free equipment loan service
- Technical staff to help students use industry-standard software
- Library with print and ebooks, digital resources, literary magazines and journals.
As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities .
If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship , which you’ll study alongside your degree.
You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available . On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.
Subject-related placements are key to helping you make connections and gain experience in companies and organisations that interest you. You’ll have the opportunity to find exciting, subject-related placements, and we’ll support you to do this. Our students often work with the Bath Literature Festival, for instance, or with production companies such as the BBC.
Employability is a core part of our curriculum. You’ll develop your own projects, and have access to our renowned digital facilities, as well as to our Bath Spa Careers team who'll help you forge a fulfilling future.
Many of our graduates pursue careers in publishing or teaching. Organisations including NewScientist, Trinity College Library, DigitalBox and Cengage Learning EMEA have employed our graduates. Graduate professions include:
- Science magazine editor
- Children’s author
- Digital Marketing Executive
- Social media/content writer
- Commercial copywriter for brands or charities
- University lecturer
- Editorial Assistant
- Publishing Outreach Executive
- Marketing Campaigns Officer
Some graduates choose to progress onto postgraduate study. Many of our students go on to study one of our specialist MA programmes in either Creative Writing , Writing for Young People , Scriptwriting , Nature and Travel Writing , or Children’s Publishing .
There are annual prizes for the best overall performance in both core modules in years one and two, and a very special prize for the best final year English Project.
Each year, the Creative Writing department awards a range of prizes to students to celebrate the best writing produced in the final year. The department also awards the Les Arnold Prize for the top student in the second year, honouring the memory of the poet, who started the writing programme in 1992.
Develop a wealth of indispensable digital skills that you can take into your future career. One of only three Adobe Creative Campuses in the UK, we provide all Bath Spa students with access to the full Adobe Creative Suite , giving you the tools to communicate creatively, whatever your course or chosen professional field.
Creative Writing careers
“There are those assumptions that... the only thing you can ever do with a creative writing degree is write a novel. That's not true.”
Listen to Lucy Sweetman , Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, talking about the range of creative writing degree careers available.
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"Studying English Literature is a natural choice for the book-lovers and wordsmiths among us, but it’s also a great choice for developing research, independent thinking and creative problem solving skills."
There's a wide range of careers you can explore with an English Literature degree, and there are more options than you might think! Read our blog post to find out more.
Professional placement year
This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.
By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.
Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.
On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.
Professional Placement Year
During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee . This applies to UK and EU/International students.
- UK: £1,850
- International: £3,335
Interested in applying?
We're looking for students who share our passion for literature in all its forms. You should be inquisitive and willing to challenge yourself and question shared assumptions. You'll want to collaborate with others in exploring the ideas and worlds opened up to us by the written word.
We judge each application on its own merit and many of our most successful graduates have not fit neatly into standard criteria. We also welcome applications from students who demonstrate real commitment to their writing. This commitment may be expressed in publications or awards.
We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:
- A Level – grades BBB-BCC including a Grade B in English or a related subject.
- BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
- T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
- International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 32 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in English at Higher Level.
- Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).
If you don’t meet the entry requirements above, we may be able to accept your prior learning or experience from outside of formal education. See our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) page to learn more.
English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants
IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.
For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at [email protected] .
Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page. Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.
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