BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature

Creative Writing and English Literature at Winchester introduces students to a practice-based and study-based understanding of how literary texts work through an engagement with writing in comparable genres and an exploration of literary history, theory and culture.

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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature at University of Winchester

UCAS code: QW38

Entry Requirements

2018 entry: 104-120 points

An A level A*-C pass is required in an English subject. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing.

A GCSE A*-C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate:

26 points

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) 

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) 

For further details, click here

Additional costs:

Optional 

  • Core texts: Copies of core texts are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however often students wish to purchase some books for their own use. It is possible for students to buy second-hand copies. Cost £160 per academic year. 
  • Field trip: In students second year of study, there may be a field trip dependending on module choices. Cost £20. 

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Other Information

Location:

Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

Creative Writing at Winchester enhances the skills of every evolving writer at their own pace and in their own way, all the while showing them how their work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context. In English Literature, study is wide-ranging and includes modern and traditional literature, cultural study and critical analysis, Shakespeare and rap poetry.

The Creative Writing programme seeks to move students progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in Year 1, and then allowing them to specialise in Year 2 and 3. It develops the students' own work by giving them positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. This is enhanced by a workshop environment which helps students form a critical understanding of their own writing and the writing of others. The English Literature elements in the first year provide an awareness of the range of different approaches to understanding texts and develop skills of critical analysis, research and writing. This is done through the study of an assortment of texts from various periods in history across the genres of prose fiction, poetry and drama.

In Year 2, the focus becomes more specific with modules that look at elements of different genres such as writing for children, media writing, poetry, song and play, film and TV script. English Literature modules involve studying of a group of texts representative of a period of history, a particular genre or a particular area of the world.

In Year 3, the modules look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University - looking at publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching - and a specific collection of writings, a particular theme or critical theory is considered in detail. Modules tend to be closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Fictional Writing
  • Poetry Now!
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Early English Texts and Contexts 

Year 2 

Core modules:

  • Rewriting and Adapting

Optional modules:

  • The Short Story
  • Fiction for Children
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Playwriting  1
  • Poetry: Making It New
  • Author Study
  • Writing and the Environment
  • Fairy Tale Fictions 
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Fiction for Children 1: in the Beginning
  • Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End
  • Creativity and the Imagination
  • Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Professional Placement Module
  • Writing  and Ethnicity: Special Study
  • Copywriting
  • Report and Policy Writing
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Travel Writing
  • Life Writing and Biography
  • Telling True Stories
  • Media Writing
  • Speechwriting
  • Volunteering
  • Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama
  • Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution
  • Nineteenth-Century Romanticism
  • The Modern Age
  • Chaucer and His World
  • Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama
  • Eighteenth-Century Romanticism
  • Victorian Fictions
  • British Literature in the Age of Reason 1688-1743
  • Literature in the Shadow of Revolution 1745-1775-1789
  • Gothic and Romantic Fiction
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Individual Project
  • Literary Adaptations for Film and Television
  • Contemporary Children's Literature
  • Volunteering for English
  • American Gothic
  • American Science Fiction
  • Writing America
  • Literature and Film
  • Work and Money in American Literature
  • Middle English Texts in Context
  • Old English 1

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Dissertation/Extended Creative Project
  • Creative and Critical Extended Study

Optional modules:

  • Creative Voice III
  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: Fictions and Metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: Innovating within Popular Forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Special Study
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics and Graphic Novels
  • E-Writing
  • Script to Film
  • Page to Stage
  • Academic Writing
  • Poetry Project: Writing for Publication
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Film Script Development
  • Creativity: Writing and Teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • The Writers'  Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Business Storytelling
  • Writing-History-Fiction
  • Science Fictions and Fantasies
  • Writing for Radio
  • The Shakespeare Phenomenon
  • Crime and Englishness
  • Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century
  • Biography and the Body
  • William  Blake: Poet of Jerusalem
  • Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett
  • Consumer Culture
  • Jewish Identities
  • Keywords
  • Literature, Sexuality and Morality
  • The City in American Literature 1868-1925
  • Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Romantic Celebrity Culture
  • Globalization and Contemporary Fiction
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Contemporary Young Adult Fiction
  • The Figure of the Law in Literature
  • Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture
  • African American Literatures and Cultures
  • The Contemporary  American Novel
  • American Crime Fiction
  • Sex and the City and Beyond
  • Chick Lit/Women's Writing before Sex and the City
  • Old English 2

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions atwww.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 204 hours
  • Independent learning: 996 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Teaching team

  • Glenn Fosbraey, Programme Leader BA Creative Writing / Creative & Professional Writing 
  • Dr Daniel Varndell, Programme Leader and Lecturer in English Literature

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 81 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 6 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 82 per cent coursework
  • 13 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 100 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 0 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, journalism, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills.

For more information about graduate employment visit - From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?

Employability 

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Email: course.enquiries@winchester.ac.uk

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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