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COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Discover your unique creative voice through a deep understanding of the English language and its uses
  • Develop as a writer at your own pace and in your own way through our structured workshops
  • Explore a diverse range of writing genres and media, from graphic novels to scriptwriting, song lyrics to short stories
  • Gain valuable transferable skills in critical thinking, presentation skills, academic writing and independent research
  • Creative Writing achieved greater 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

Do you want to develop as a writer, enhance your creative side, or delve more deeply into the nature and uses of the English language? Our Creative Writing with English Language Studies course allows you to achieve all these things and more.

On this rewarding three-year programme, you progress through a structured series of workshops and assignments covering key genres, evolving as a writer at your own pace and finding your own individual path.

Along the way you learn how your work relates to wider literary, cultural, social and political contexts. And your written output is bolstered by positive critical encouragement and direction from our expert staff throughout.

By delving into your own use of language and that of others you can find your unique voice and understand how it fits into wider society. Alongside this, you consider topics such as discourse analysis and sociolinguistics and may choose to explore fields such as language acquisition and forensic linguistics.

In Year 1, you are guided through a series of assignments covering writing genres from fiction to creative non-fiction, scriptwriting and poetry, and introduced to linguistics and language study.

In Year 2, you home in on 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, you explore the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, looking to publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching, and cognitive stylistics. You can specialise even further by following your own research interests with an extended independent study project on an area of your choice.

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.

With a thorough grounding in language and fresh insights into creativity, our graduates find careers in corporate communication, journalism, teaching, PR, advertising, social media communications and writing for display.

Careers

With a thorough grounding in language and fresh insights into creativity, our graduates find careers in corporate communication, journalism, teaching, PR, advertising, social media communications and writing for display. 

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 (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.

ABOUT THIS COURSE

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: 252 hours
Independent learning: 948 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 924 hours
Placement: 12 hours

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

Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
Independent learning: 936 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.

Location

King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester

Assessment

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)*:

76% coursework
4% written exams
20% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

86% coursework
4% written exams
10% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

85% coursework
1% written exams
14% 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.

Further information

This programme is currently being validated. This is an internal process of ensuring our programmes offer students the best learning experience and can result in changes to the content of the course.

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

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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

If you are living outside of the UK or Europe, you can find out more about how to join this course by emailing our International Recruitment Team at International@winchester.ac.uk or calling +44 (0)1962 827023

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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.’

Creative Voice 1 15

This module is designed as an opportunity for students to develop their own writerly skills within the context of an evolving creative exploration of a chosen idea. Throughout students will utilise many of the key skills that are crucial to being a writer, including researching, drafting, revising, editing and reading. Alongside this they will reflect on their own learning in workshops and whilst attending writing events or performances.

Language CSI 15

The investigation of language has become more prominent in forensic investigations within the last decade. Some of these areas of investigation, such as plagiarism cases and author identification, are also relevant in an academic context. This module will utilise such links between academic scholarship and forensic case studies in order to introduce the students to some of the most vital pitfalls and most necessary skills in relation to their language degree. The investigation of a (supposed) case of plagiarism, for example, will allow us to explore the nature of plagiarism and the dangers of academic misconduct as well as methods for their detection.  The module therefore offers a first glimpse into the field of Forensic Linguistics alongside an introduction to academic practice.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
History of the English Language 15

English ‘then’ and English ‘now’ is not the same. Anyone who has ever encountered Old English (Beowulf) or Middle English (Chaucer), will have noticed this. But why is it so different? This module will explore the social and linguistic history of the English speaking world in search of answers. On the way it will discover why there is no ‘proper English’. With the help of a (brief) introduction to the mechanics of language change, the module will pose (and answer) two questions: How did English change? And of equal importance: Why?

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language III: Semantics and Pragmatics 15

What is meaning? What are we trying to say, what do we think when we say ‘X means Y’? This module will introduce you to what meaning is and how we create and shape it in and through our language. We will find out whether meaning is attached to a word, or what our mind has to do with it. Or is it a social construct? How does figurative meaning work, and how does that help us to make sense of texts? Are meanings related? And where is the logic in all of that? We will also look at some aspects in which semantics and the neighbouring field of pragmatics overlap. This will include some work on speech acts, and will show us how much of what we say and understand is a question of perspective.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language II: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology 15

This module will discuss what gives meaning to language (semantics)  including logic, and particularly what words mean and how do we structure our words in a larger network of meaning (lexical semantics). We will also find out how language sounds are produced (phonetics) and how we use them in order to make sense of them as English language units (phonology). The module will introduce basic linguistic principles and terminology as well as methods for the analysis of semantic and phonetic/phonological features. We will use this new knowledge in order to explore texts (written and spoken). You will discover new ways to analyse the word choices made by the author of the text and understand the perceptions of the world which underlie such choices. We will begin to write down speech, and you will also gain a context for the understanding of phonetic speech in literary texts.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology 15

This module will explore how language works. That will mean a discussion about how words work (morphology) in English and how they are strung together in order to form phrases and sentences (syntax). An introduction to basic linguistic terminology and methodology will be part of the treatment of morphology and syntax. This knowledge will also provide further insight into how language works in texts (written and spoken). How does the meaning of a text change when the sentence structure is manipulated, for example? Why do shorter sentences speed up a passage, and what effect does a list of questions have on a textual passage? When and why do we need to form new words and how do we do it? The module will provide you with the answers to these and more questions, with methods to explore them and with a language to put your findings once more into words.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Approaches to Language Study 15

This module serves as main introduction to English Language Studies. It combines an overview of the relevant fields of study within the discipline with first training in some of the methods you will be using throughout your time at university. Some of the topics you might recognise, such as Discourse Analysis or Language Acquisition. Others, like Cognitive Linguistics, for example, might be new to you. The methods and skills we train will include how to do a field study and how to make the most of the library. We will also explore how to write essays and work on your presentation skills.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
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.

Publishing 1: Blogs & Social Media 15

This module is designed as the first of three ‘publishing’ modules across the course of the programme; in this module students develop short pieces of their own writing and select a quick publishing method appropriate to disseminating this work – using blogging as a basic form of  e-publishing, or else a chosen form of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.). Students will choose the most appropriate form of publication to disseminate the particular text they wish to get ‘out there’ and will strive to connect with the defined, particular readership of said medium. Ultimately they will start to think about rudimentary e-publishing mechanisms as a way to start building their online identity as a writer and quickly start to engage with external audiences.

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.

Creative Voice 2 15

This module is designed as a further opportunity (building on Creative Voice 1) for students to develop their own writerly skills within the context of an evolving creative exploration of ideas and stimulae. Students have the opportunity to consider issues linked to creative writing such as diversity and ethics while embracing and implementing all forms and aspects of research. Students will consider and challenge their own practices. The aim of this module is to prepare the students for their ECP in the third year by encouraging them to be creatively critical and critically creative.

Optional Credits

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 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Creative Voice 3 15

This module is designed as a final opportunity (building on the previous Creative Voice modules) for students to reflect on their own development as writers and specific writerly skills that will be important as they go out into the world of work and writing beyond the University. Part of the module will be focused on skills development, such as how to write to publishers and agents, how to apply for jobs and produce a CV, and how to create a personal web presence and to present themselves to the wider world, whilst the rest will be about mapping each student’s personal development across the programme and how that has shaped the writer and the person they are now. Ultimately students will produce a portfolio of work that they can take with them after graduating as the basis for beginning relationships with publishers and employers.

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

Old English II 15 Credits

The Evolution of Language 15 Credits

Crafted Text 15 Credits

Producing Written Discourse 15 Credits

Cognitive Stylistics 15 Credits

Language Death, Revival and Change 15 Credits

English on the Periphery? 15 Credits

English and the World 15 Credits

Language in Scotland 15 Credits

History of Linguistics 15 Credits

Ethnography 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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions.
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:

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.

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
W8Q3
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester