Develop your creative and professional writing skills while learning how English literature has shaped, and been shaped by, society. Prepare for work in many creative areas, including fiction writing, journalism, arts criticism and publishing.
On our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature, you’ll develop your own writing while studying the techniques of some of the world’s greatest writers. You’ll also discover the importance of English literature: how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of its time, and how it influences readers and society as a whole.
As well as developing your creative writing skills (including poetry, drama and short fiction) you’ll have the chance to explore professional writing techniques such as news and feature writing. Combining these with a study of critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
Our teaching staff, which includes many published writers, will offer you invaluable feedback on all of your creative writing work – as will your fellow students. These critical workshops will give you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your work, as well as sharpening your own critical skills.
By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects at the same time, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication - important for any career - you'll become well-versed in methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of Writing and English literature experts, including Course Leader Dr Colette Paul, Dr Tory Young (author of Studying English Literature, a text used by many Universities), and Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood). You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
Course Leader: Dr Colette Paul
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Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature will help you develop many skills for your future career, including literacy, communication, creativity, self-reliance and teamwork.
Many of our graduates have found success in roles such as journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration.
Our work-based modules will give you a chance to get crucial experience in the field that you hope to work in, and our links to local professional bodies - including Cambridge University Press, Windhorse Publishing and Writers’ Centre Norwich – can help you find a placement.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course after you graduate, such as our:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentation, performance, video and audio recordings, proposals, reading journals, exams, essays and reviews.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, including poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
You can apply to spend one semester in years 2 or 3 studying abroad at the Universidad de Huelva, Spain, and Valparaiso University, Indiana, USA.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
Important additional notes
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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