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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to validation

  • 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 data collection and analysis, 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 

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 English Language Studies with Creative Writing 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 given a solid foundation in linguistics and language theory and are guided through a series of assignments covering writing genres from fiction to creative non-fiction, scriptwriting and poetry.

Year 2 homes in on more specific linguistic topics and research. You can choose to explore more writing genres such as children’s fiction, horror, song lyrics and short stories.

In Year 3, you can specialise even further, drilling down into language and your own creative expression. You can follow your own research interests with an extended independent study project on an area of your choice. Optional modules look at the relationships between writing and the world outside the university such as publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching, and cognitive stylistics. Creatively you can explore further areas of writing such as comics and graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy, radio or non-fiction for children.

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

Graduates enter 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 (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.

*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.

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, 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: 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. 

Location

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

Assesment

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 by attending an  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)*:

72% coursework
3% written exams
25% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

86% coursework
5% written exams
9% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

91% coursework
0% written exams
9% 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

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

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 (including 6.0 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 International@winchester.ac.uk or call +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 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.

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.

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?

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.

Understanding Language 1: 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.

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.

Understanding Language 3: 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.

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.

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Research Methods 15

The module is designed around a larger-scale research project. Building on existing experiences from earlier modules, students will become more familiar with the most relevant methodologies employed in English Language research. The content is student focused, as the students will support each other from the first moment of choosing a topic, through the development of an appropriate methodology to its application in data gathering and analysis. The module will acquaint the students with a variety of research methods and develop their understanding as to which method would be appropriate in any given context.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Middle English: Texts in Context 15 Credits
Old English I 15 Credits
Analysing Discourse 15 Credits
Language and the Mind 15 Credits
Sociolinguistics 15 Credits
Language and Identity 15 Credits
Language Acquisition 15 Credits
Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits
The Short Story 15 Credits
Fiction for Children 15 Credits
Composing Song Lyrics 15 Credits
Horror Fiction 15 Credits
Scriptwriting for Mainstream Television 15 Credits

 

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Study 15

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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
The History of Linguistics 15 Credits
Ethnography 15 Credits
Writing Comics & Graphic Novels 15 Credits
Science Fictions & Fantasies 15 Credits
Writing for Radio 15 Credits
Creative Non-fiction for Children 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.

Bursaries, scholarships 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
Q3W8
Duration
3 years full-time; 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points (2018 Entry)
Location
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester