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  • Join a community passionate about the study of creative writing, literature and the broad subject of English
  • Study the craft of writing while discovering how your work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context
  • Move progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, enhanced by a workshop environment
  • Choose from an extensive range of optional Creative Writing and English Literature modules tailored to your interests and career aspirations
  • Immerse yourself in an independent creative project in your final year
  • Creative Writing and English Literature at Winchester both achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey
  • Attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series – an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents

If you are a passionate reader who enjoys a broad spectrum of books, from Shakespeare to Postmodern fiction, and who also likes the idea of tapping into your own creative energy to craft it into poetry, plays or prose, then this is the perfect place to do it.

Our Creative Writing and English Literature degree offers an exploration of literary and creative writing in a rich combination of critical theory and practical workshops.

The Creative Writing modules enable you to enhance your skills and evolve as an individual writer at your own pace and in your own way, while discovering how your own writing relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context.

In English Literature, study is wide-ranging as you investigate how literature works through a close reading of modern and traditional literature, cultural and critical analysis, and writing in different genres.

The course seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first year, and then allowing you to specialise in Years 2 and 3.

Your work develops in a workshop environment bolstered by positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. Additional guidance is given on audience (for example, editor, agent or publisher) where appropriate.

In Year 2, the focus becomes more specific with a choice of modules that concentrate on 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 look increasingly at the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, exploring publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. There is also an opportunity to work on an extended creative project in your chosen genre with one-to-one supervision from an expert in this field. Modules tend to be closely related to the research interests of teaching staff and engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline.

The course arms you with some fantastic transferable skills, such as confident and compelling storytelling, critical thinking and articulate expression. These abilities are valued in a variety of employment contexts including arts and entertainment as well as business and commerce.


Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills. Recent graduates have successfully set themselves up as freelance writers.

 94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course (The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey).

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degree with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Learning and teaching

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: 228 hours

Independent learning: 972 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours

Independent learning: 948 hours

Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours

Independent learning: 948 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.


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


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.

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)*:

84% coursework
9% written exams
7% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

85% coursework
9% written exams
6% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

84% coursework
7% written exams
9% practical exams

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


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.

Further information

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


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.

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 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 or call +44 (0)1962 827023

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Poetry Now! (Poetry and Poetic Expression) 15

This module is designed to enable students to express their own creativity through various poetic forms. The module will introduce students to a varied range of poetry, and will require them to think about the relationship between the technical aspects of numerous forms and the content being expressed. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of poetry. Practical work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent poems in different forms, wherein choices of form are directly related to the accompanying poetic ‘message.’

Early English Texts and Contexts 15

This module is designed to introduce students to a range of literary texts and genres from the medieval period up to the eighteenth century, opening consideration of the advantages and disadvantages of understanding these texts in relation to their historical contexts. This will include consideration of the following: the changing practices of publication and composition of audience; the historical, political and cultural contexts; contemporary conceptualisations of genre, gender roles and sexual identity; treatment of issues of colonialism, national identity, ethnic difference and religious affiliation. By tracing these topics across texts from different periods comparison and contrast in relation to historical change will be highlighted. Students will be encouraged to draw from the theoretical materials studied in Critical Reading 1 and 2 to develop their interpretations of these texts. The use of texts that have already received considerable critical attention will enable students to engage with existing critical discussion in these areas. 

Introduction to English Studies 15

This module offers students an opportunity to negotiate the transition to undergraduate study of English in a small group environment that will promote interaction with fellow students and the module tutor. Students will be involved in detailed discussion of their interpretations of fictional texts and will share their experience in the location and evaluation of relevant critical writing. There will be opportunities to share and compare essay-writing strategies and research methods and to ensure the referencing requirements and conventions of degree-level work are understood. The iterative essay, where a draft will receive feedback before final submission, will promote reflection on research, essay writing, and understanding of marking criteria. There will also be an opportunity to have an initial experience of assessed oral presentation before a relatively small audience and to use a range of relevant web-based resources.

Critical Reading 2 15

This is the second of two related modules which together form a foundational introduction to the critical reading of literary texts. This module will build upon the first by giving students an opportunity to engage with selected literary, critical and theoretical texts, brought together in order to demonstrate the application of major critical theories to literature from different genres and periods. Students will acquire from this module the critical and theoretical basis for the remainder of their undergraduate work in English. It will follow a chronological scheme in order to show how literary criticism has changed through debate and controversy in relation to changes within society and the academy. It will incorporate the most recent developments in criticism, introducing students to key critical extracts alongside literary texts in order to familiarize them with the most significant ideas of the most influential thinkers for the study of literature.

Critical Reading 1 15

This is the first of two related modules which together form a broad introduction to critical reading of literary texts. This first module is designed to build upon reading skills developed at pre-degree level and to introduce more advanced reading skills, drawing upon developments in undergraduate English. It will focus on key aspects of engagement with literature: the role of the reader; the authority of the author; text, context and intertextuality; canon-formation; genre and generic expectation; literature and identity politics; nation and narration. Students will develop their reading skills with a wide range of texts, including fiction, poetry and short stories, both canonical and non-canonical.  Students will be made aware of the history of the discipline as it has moved through different kinds of reading practice since its first appearance in English universities. This will provide a context in which to place the discipline’s development through the so-called ‘theory revolution’ and its aftermath.

Fictional Writing 15

This module is designed as an introduction for students exploring their creativity through developing their own fictional writing. It will enable them to improve their own creative and critical skills, to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form, whilst at the same time developing evaluative skills. The module will encourage students to be creative and imaginative in their thinking, as well as focusing on key aspects of fictional writing through a series of practical exercises. We will discuss point of view, characterisation, dialogue, plot, setting and other aspects of the fiction writer’s craft in relation to students’ own work and the work of published authors. This will introduce students to a varied range of approaches to literature/writing/creativity that focus on the text from a writer’s creatively-critical perspective. The module will thus engage directly with some of the key issues in the study of the production of fictional texts.

Creative Non-fiction 15

This module is designed to enable students to work with non-fictional writings, and to learn how to express observations, experience and perceptions in the written form. The module is also intended to develop students’ creative and critical skills in tandem, understanding how to read and interpret writing as much as to produce it. As such students will be introduced to a varied range of approaches to non-fictional forms. Most work will be done in workshop groups, graduating to the production of independent pieces of non-fiction.

Scriptwriting 15

In this module, students will be introduced to the conventions, forms and techniques of scriptwriting. Students will develop their narrative skills, with particular focus on the deconstruction of story in the language of script narrative, story development, and analysis of story in relation to authorial and cultural contexts. Students will develop skills in the communication of script narrative though ‘pitch presentations’, and will practise the writing of outlines and script on the page. The module will concentrate on fiction (as opposed to documentary) and will utilise lectures, workshops, seminars and screenings.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Rewriting and Adapting 15

This module will introduce students to a variety of texts that all broadly fall within the same genre category. They will examine these texts in order to understand both the main genre they belong to and the genre features of the texts themselves. Students will then consider the various ways in which writers can rewrite/adapt/extend/echo texts of the past, at a theoretical level, before embarking on their own process of adapting or rewriting one of the focus texts within the context of a specified genre. This could mean that they change the form of the piece, extent or play with its genre features, or else change its genre entirely in an attempt to focus on or privilege a particular element of the original text that they decide merits attention. Thus practical creative writing will be informed by (for example) discussions as to the boundaries of genre and historical era, about the motivations for adaptation and rewriting, and of the cultural relevance and longevity of certain genres, such as Gothic, Romance, or Crime.

Take a look at how this year's students transformed their stories from paper to podcast in 24 hours

Optional Credits

Optional modules

The Short Story 15 Credits

Fiction for Children 15 Credits

Composing Song Lyrics 15 Credits

Creating Short Screenplays 15 Credits

Playwriting 1 15 Credits

Poetry: Making it New 15 Credits

Author Study 15 Credits

Writing & the Environment 15 Credits

Fairy Tale Fictions 15 Credits

Creative Writing Project 15 Credits

Fiction for Children 1: In the Beginning 15 Credits

Fiction for Children 2: From Middle to End 15 Credits

Creativity & the Imagination 15 Credits

Myths, Dreams & Creative Writing 15 Credits

Horror Fiction 15 Credits

Professional Placement Module 15 Credits

Writing & Ethnicity: Special Study 15 Credits

Copywriting 15 Credits

Report & Policy Writing 15 Credits

Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 Credits

Travel Writing 15 Credits

Life Writing & Biography 15 Credits

Telling True Stories 15 Credits

Media Writing 15 Credits

Speechwriting 15 Credits

Volunteering 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama   15 Credits

Seventeenth-Century Literature and Revolution 15 Credits

Nineteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits

The Modern Age 15 Credits

Chaucer and His World 15 Credits

Shakespeare and Seventeenth-Century Drama 15 Credits

Eighteenth-Century Romanticism 15 Credits

Victorian Fictions 15 Credits

Sex and Sensibility in Eighteenth-Century Print Culture 15 Credits

Eighteenth Century Performance and Censorship 15 Credits

Gothic and Romantic Fiction 15 Credits

Postcolonial Fictions 15 Credits

The Postmodern Age 15 Credits

Individual Project 15 Credits

Literary Adaptations for Film and Television 15 Credits

Contemporary Children’s Literature 15 Credits

Volunteering for BA English 15 Credits

American Gothic 15 Credits

American Science Fiction 15 Credits

Writing America 15 Credits

Work and Money in American Literature 15 Credits

Middle English Texts in Context 15 Credits

Old English 1 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Dissertation 30

The dissertation is an extended treatment of between 8,000 and 10,000 words of a subject of the student’s choice (subject to approval). Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area. There will be a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process.

Creative and Critical Extended Study 30

A project that incorporates some Creative Writing is available to students who have studied a Creative Writing module at level 2.

The Creative and Critical Extended Study consists of:

  • a piece of creative writing of between 4,000 and 5,000 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor)
  • a supporting Rationale of 4-5,000 words that demonstrates a substantial engagement with a particular critical issue relevant to the creative piece
  • a supporting Bibliography

Study is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the subject area. There will be a small number of general lectures to further provide guidance through the process.

Extended Creative Project 30

The Extended Creative Project consists of:

  • a piece of creative/professional writing of 8000 words (with word count exceptions such as those in a poetry collection to be agreed by supervising tutor)
  • a supporting rationale/contextualisation of 2000 words
  • a supporting bibliography

Study and writing is primarily student-directed, with supervision supplied by tutors teaching/researching in the area of creative writing.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

Creative Voice III 15 Credits

Playwriting 2 15 Credits

Creative Vigilance: Fictions & Metafictions 15 Credits

Non-Realist Writing 15 Credits

Scriptwriting: Innovating Within Popular Forms 15 Credits

Creative Non-fiction for Children 15 Credits

Special Study 15 Credits

Writing for Display 15 Credits

Writing Comics & Graphic Novels 15 Credits

E-Writing 15 Credits

Script to Film 15 Credits

Page to Stage 15 Credits

Academic Writing 15 Credits

Poetry: Writing for Publication 15 Credits

Advanced Fictional Writing 15 Credits

Film Script Development 15 Credits

Creativity: writing & teaching 15 Credits

Creative Visions 15 Credits

Experimental Writing 15 Credits

Adapting Crime Fictions 15 Credits

The Writers’ Retreat 15 Credits

Creating an Author Collective 15 Credits

Business Storytelling 15 Credits

Writing-History-Fiction 15 Credits

Science Fictions & Fantasies 15 Credits

Writing for Radio 15 Credits

The Shakespeare Phenomenon 15 Credits

Crime and Englishness 15 Credits

Women's Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century 15 Credits

Biography and the Body 15 Credits

William Blake: Poet of Jerusalem 15 Credits

Twentieth Century Dramatic Texts: Brecht and Beckett 15 Credits

Consumer Culture 15 Credits

Jewish Identities 15 Credits

Keywords 15 Credits

Literature, Sexuality and Morality 15 Credits

The City in American Literature 1868-1925 15 Credits

Renaissance Poetry at the Court of Elizabeth I 15 Credits

Romantic Celebrity Culture 15 Credits

Globalization and Contemporary Fiction 15 Credits

Literature and Psychoanalysis 15 Credits

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction 15 Credits

The Figure of the Law in Literature 15 Credits

Post-Structuralism: Theory, Text, Culture 15 Credits

African American Literatures and Cultures 15 Credits

Civil Rights Immersive Study 15 Credits

The Contemporary American Novel 15 Credits

American Crime Fiction 15 Credits           

Sex and the City and Beyond 15 Credits

Chick Lit/Womens Writing   before Sex and the City 15 Credits

Women’s Culture in the Nineteenth Century 15 Credits

Old English 2 15 Credits

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
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees 

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. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 for UK and EU 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. 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.

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

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.


Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:


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 depending on module choices. Cost £20.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

We have a variety of scholarships and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you're eligible please see our Scholarships and Awards page.

Key course details

UCAS code
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester