Develop your own imagination and writing craft, and explore major texts and movements in English literature as well as reading and working with contemporary writers. This dynamic English and Creative Writing degree combines intensive study of creative and professional writing with a range of complementary modules that explore English literature, English language, and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). As an English student at USW, you’ll be taught by academics who are prize-winning poets, novelists and story writers. You can choose to study the whole range or focus your degree on Creative Writing and just one or two other areas.
Alongside developing your skills in writing fiction, poetry, scriptwriting and non-fiction, you’ll gain specialist skills in analysis, close reading and writing. The development of these skills means you’ll be ready for the workplace when you graduate. There are also many opportunities to showcase your written work at the University. You can get your work published in the anthology of creative writing DAPS, which is edited by students. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about developing and designing a publication from start to finish.
In your first year, you’ll study core creative writing modules that will introduce you to the practice of writing fiction, poetry, and for the media. You will study English literature modules, including Thinking with Texts, and can choose from a range of optional English literature and language modules that explore topics as diverse as women’s writing, poetry, the influence of communicative and sociolinguistic contexts, and the past, present and future of the English language. Optional modules in TESOL include lexis and phonology.
In year two, you’ll build on this foundation and start to choose areas of study in creative writing, including writing for children and writing nonfiction such as travel writing and autobiography. There are also options in literature, language, and you can continue to study and practise teaching methods in TESOL modules if you wish.
In the final year of your creative writing degree, you can focus on creative writing or continue to broaden your study in other areas of literature, language and TESOL.
The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree is also available as a four year course including an integrated foundation year, and is designed for students who do not currently meet admissions criteria for direct entry onto the creative writing degree. You will start by completing a foundation year, which provides well structured support, allowing you to develop your skills and knowledge before progressing onto the three year degree programme. Find out more.
There is a thriving research culture at the University, and many staff publications have been recognised as internationally excellent or world leading. You’ll be taught by academics who are world leaders in their fields of study and by prize-winning poets and fiction writers. You’ll learn through a variety of stimulating activities including lectures, seminar discussions, workshops and creative exercises.
The English and Creative Writing team also has long established links with Literature Wales, the national literature and promotion agency for writers in Wales. With their help we have been proud to welcome several major visiting writers, including Simon Armitage, Benjamin Zephaniah, Gillian Clarke, Les Murray, Dannie Abse, Andrew Motion, Wendy Cope, and the first National Poet of Wales, Gwyneth Lewis.
Assessment is through coursework and examination. The range of assessment includes group oral presentations, reading journals, essays and portfolios of original writing accompanied by commentaries that reflect on the writing process.
At USW we want you be a well-rounded graduate with lots to offer. So throughout your studies you’ll gain transferable skills that will help you succeed in any workplace – the ability to analyse information from different sources, construct reasoned arguments and communicate them effectively.
You can choose a work placement as an important part of your course. Designed to enhance your employability, this is a great way to make your CV stand out. There’s a wide range of things you could do. Students have worked at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, Wales Arts Review, Literature Wales, Seren Press, Buzz Magazine, The Big Issue, Able Radio, schools and libraries. Some students have worked on scripts in community film projects, for example, and even with the National Theatre.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include English (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass and submission of written work for those without English or relevant qualifications (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 to include English - Submission of written work considered in the case of students without English. (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Humanities Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes in a relevant subject (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes in a relevant subject (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Graduates of our English and creative writing degree ave an enviable record of establishing careers in editing, publishing, teaching, writing, advertising, public relations, the civil service, local government, arts administration and broadcasting. Many students also progress to postgraduate study at the University. If you take modules in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) you’ll also gain the USW Graduate TESOL Certificate. You’ll be highly knowledgeable about how language works and have the skills to teach others how to communicate in English. Millions of people around the world are learning English, so there is a huge demand for qualified English language teachers – great news for people with a TESOL qualification.
As a USW English student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.