BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing

English Literature with Creative Writing at Winchester introduces you to a study-based and practical understanding of how literature works through an exploration of literary history, theory and culture and engagement with writing in comparable genres. 

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

UCAS code: Q32W

Entry Requirements

Typical offer:

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) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

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:

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books 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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures library

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 elements of the programme enhance your skills at your own pace and in your own way, all the while showing you how your work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context.

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 achieved 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 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 increasingly look 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.

In the Creative Writing modules, you move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment that will form a critical understanding of your own writing and the writing of others.

Year 1

Core modules:

  • Early English Texts and Contexts
  • Introduction to English Studies
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-fiction

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Transatlantic Narratives
  • America and Americanisation
  • The Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic
  • American Genres
  • Digital America

Year 2

Optional modules:

  • 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 Revolution1745-1775-1789
  • 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
  • The Short Story
  • Composing Song Lyrics
  • Creating Short Screenplays
  • Fairy Tale Fictions Myths, Dreams and Creative Writing
  • Horror Fiction
  • Travel Writing

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Creative and Critical Extended Study

Optional modules:

  • Creative Voice III
  • Publishing III: hard-copy publishing
  • Playwriting 2
  • Creative Vigilance: fictions & metafictions
  • Non-Realist Writing
  • Scriptwriting: innovating within popular forms
  • Creative Non-fiction for Children
  • Special Study
  • Writing for Display
  • Writing Comics & 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 & teaching
  • Creative Visions
  • Experimental Writing
  • Adapting Crime Fictions
  • The Writers' Retreat
  • Creating an Author Collective
  • Business Storytelling
  • Writing-History-Fiction
  • Science Fictions & 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

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: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 948 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: 240 hours
  • Independent learning: 960 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Programme Leader

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)*:

  • 95 per cent coursework
  • 0 per cent written exams
  • 5 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 77 per cent coursework
  • 4 per cent written exams
  • 19 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 86 per cent coursework
  • 6 per cent written exams
  • 8 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.

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.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International Students

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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