BA (Hons) Creative Writing with English Language Studies

Creative Writing with English Language Studies at Winchester allows you to explore language via workshops designed to encourage your development as writers in new and individual ways. Alongside this, you consider topics such as discourse analysis and sociolinguistics and may choose to explore fields such as language acquisition and forensic linguistics. *Subject to Validation

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BA (Hons) Creative Writing with English Language Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: W8Q3

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

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,250. For international students, the first year fee is £12,950. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU students and £38,850 for International students. 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. 

2018 Entry Full-time £9,250 p/a.

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) 

UK/EU 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 £77.08 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. 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 £6,938

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £12,950** p/a
Total Cost: £38,850** (3 years) | £39,550** (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655.

**International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

 

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.

*Subject to Validation

'Validation' is the process by which the University approves a new programme to ensure that it provides a distinct, high-quality academic experience for students, that enables them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career. In the unlikely event that a programme is not validated then we will do our best to find you an alternative programme within the University. 

Terms and Conditions 

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

The course enhances the skills of every evolving writer and linguist at your own pace and in your own way, all the while showing you how your work relates to the wider realms of literary, cultural, social and political contexts. The programme seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first year alongside introductory modules on linguistics and language study. You are then able to specialise in Year 2 and 3. It develops your own work by giving you positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. Both the Creative Writing and English Language elements of the degree allow you to work practically on your own writing but also the language of others.

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, discourse analysis, language and identity. In Year 3, the modules explore the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, looking to publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching, and cognitive stylistics.

Year 1 ​

Mandatory modules:

  • ​Fictional Writing
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction
  • Poetry Now!
  • Creative Voice 1
  • Publishing 1

Plus 2 of the following (chosen by the programme Leader)​
  • Approaches to Language Study
  • Understanding Language 1
  • Understanding Language 2
  • Understanding Language 3
  • Language CSI
  • History of the English Language


Year 2

Mandatory modules:

  • ​Rewriting & Adapting 
  • Creative Voice 2 

Optional modules

Students must take 4 Creative/Professional writing modules from the following list:

  • ​Publishing II: e-books
  • The Short Story
  • Fiction for Children
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Playwriting 1
  • Poetry: Making it New
  • Author Study
  • Writing & the Environment
  • Fairy Tale Fictions
  • Creative Writing Project
  • Fiction for Children 1: In the Beginning
  • Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End (only for students who have also taken Fiction for Children 1)
  • Creativity & the Imagination
  • Myths, Dreams & Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Professional Placement Module
  • Writing & Ethnicity: Special Study
  • Copywriting
  • Report & Policy Writing
  • Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television
  • Travel Writing
  • Life Writing & Biography
  • Telling True Stories
  • Media Writing
  • Speechwriting

Students must take 2 English Language modules from the following list:

  • ​Volunteering for English Language Studies with Creative Writing
  • Ethnicity, diversity, and sexuality in popular music
  • Research Methods
  • Middle English: Texts in Context
  • Old English I
  • Analysing Discourse
  • Language and the Mind
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Identity
  • Language Acquisition
  • Forensic Linguistics

Year 3


Mandatory modules:

  • ​Extended Creative Project 
  • Creative Voice 3

Optional modules

Students must take 3 Creative/Professional writing modules from the following list:

  • ​Publishing III: hard-copy publishing
  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: fictions & metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: innovating within popular forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Poetry: Writing for Publication
  • Special Study
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics & Graphic Novels
  • E-Writing
  • Script to Film
  • Page to Stage
  • Academic Writing
  • Advanced Fictional Writing
  • Film Script Development
  • Creativity: writing & teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • Poetry: Writing for Publication
  • The Writers’ Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Business Storytelling
  • Writing-History-Fiction
  • Science Fictions & Fantasies
  • Writing for Radio

Students must take 2 English Language modules from the following list:

  • ​Old English II (only for students who have taken Old English 1)
  • The Evolution of Language
  • Crafted Text (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse)
  • Cognitive Stylistics (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse or Language and the Mind)
  • Language Death, Revival and Change (only for students who have taken Sociolinguistics)
  • English on the Periphery? (only for students who have taken Sociolinguistics)
  • English and the World
  • Language in Scotland (only for students who have taken Middle English: Texts in Context, Old English 1 or Sociolinguistics)
  • The History of Linguistics
  • Ethnography (only for students who have taken Analysing Discourse or Sociolinguistics)Language Crimes (only for students who have taken Forensic Linguistics)​

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 at www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

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: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 912 hours
  • Placement: 12 hours

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

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 276 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 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)*:

  • 70 per cent coursework
  • 15 per cent written exams
  • 15 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 86 per cent coursework
  • 4 per cent written exams
  • 10 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 84 per cent coursework
  • 2 per cent written exams
  • 14 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 enter careers within corporate communication, journalism, teaching, PR, advertising, social media communications and writing for display. 

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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