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  • Join a community passionate about the study of literature and the broad subject of English
  • Tailor a programme to your interests from a diverse range of writers and movements
  • Study the craft of writing while discovering how your work relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context
  • Develop a critical understanding of your own writing and the writing of others through workshops
  • Attend the University of Winchester Writers' Festival and Winchester Reading Series — an opportunity to meet authors, publishers and agents
  • English Literature and Creative Writing at Winchester both achieved more than 90% overall satisfaction as rated by final-year undergraduate students in the 2017 National Student Survey

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

In English Literature you investigate how literature works through a close reading of modern and traditional literature, cultural and critical analysis, and writing in different genres. Our Creative Writing modules enable you to enhance your skills and evolve as an individual writer, while discovering how your own writing relates to the wider realms of literary and cultural context.

In Year 1, you develop the skills of understanding texts, critical analysis, research and writing through prose fiction, poetry and drama from various periods in history. You study core modules such as Introduction to English Studies, Scriptwriting, and Creative Non-Fiction, and a variety of optional modules including Transatlantic Narratives and Introduction to Poetry.

In Year 2, your 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 the final year, you investigate the relationships between writing and the wider world, including publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching. You also study a collection of writings, a particular theme, or critical theory which is closely related to the research fields of teaching staff, enabling you to engage with cutting-edge developments in the discipline.

In Creative Writing you develop a critical understanding of your own writing and the writing of others and your study is enhanced by an interactive workshop environment. This is also the chapter where your own narrative unfolds, in a Creative and Critical Extended Study.

Our graduates are equipped with advanced communication and critical skills greatly valued in a wide range of industries. In addition to becoming professional writers, graduates follow successful careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, journalism and teaching.


Graduates become professional writers or follow careers in publishing, advertising, marketing, journalism, teaching or other professions that require advanced communication skills.

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.


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 at King Alfred or at 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 can be found by attending an Open Day 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)*:
  • 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



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.

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

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Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

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.

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.

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.

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.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules 15

Introduction to Poetry 15 Credits

Transatlantic Narratives 15 Credits

America and Americanisation  15 Credits

The Literatures and Cultures of the Black Atlantic   15 Credits

American Genres 15 Credits

Digital America 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

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

Literature in the Shadow of Revolution 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

The Short Story 15 Credits

Composing Song Lyrics 15 Credits

Creating Short Screenplays 15 Credits

Fairy Tale Fictions 15 Credits

Horror Fiction 15 Credits

Travel Writing 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

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.

Optional Credits

Optional Modules

Creative Voice III 15 Credits

Publishing III: hard-copy publishing 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

Utopian and Dystopian Fiction 15 Credits

The Victorian Art of Murder 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.

Course specific bursaries/scholarships

We have a variety of scholarship 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, Winchester