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). 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.
From the start, this course encourages you to read widely and experiment in a variety of ways in order to achieve a good standard of creative and professional writing. You will become confident in close reading. 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. Modules such as Non-Fiction, Writing for Children complement the work you will do in the Fiction and Poetry workshop. You can focus closely on the subjects within literature, language and TESOL you are most interested in, or you can continue to study a broad range of subjects. There are also options in literature, language, and TESOL if you wish. Literature modules examine the English Renaissance, the Nineteenth-Century, Modernism and the American Dream. Language, Power and Ideology continues to explore the way in which language works and in TESOL, you will begin to learn about the theory and practice of teaching English to students of other languages.
In your final year, you can focus on creative writing or continue to broaden your study in other areas of literature and language. You’ll also complete a dissertation in one of these subject areas. Year three modules deal with modern and contemporary literature, advanced topics in language and other advanced and specialised creative writing modules. As a TESOL student, you will plan, deliver and be assessed on your teaching practice and, if successful, gain an accredited certificate in TESOL.
The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing 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 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.
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.
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.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
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 1 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.
This course gives you excellent skills for the employment market. Government, business, teaching, journalism and many other fields need imaginative people who can write in a variety of styles and be supportive and experienced editors. Employers also value the ability to analyse texts, write reports and present clear and logical arguments.
English and Creative Writing graduates have an enviable record of securing employment in a variety of professions including arts administration, marketing, journalism, the media, museums, local government, tourism and teaching.
You will also have the chance to make real use of your skills with a work placement. Past students have worked at the Riverfront Theatre and Arts Centre, New Welsh Review, Literature Wales, Seren Press, Buzz, The Big Issue, Able Radio and in schools and libraries. Some have worked on scripts, for example in community film projects and even with the National Theatre. Other placements have included the University’s Press Office, producing press releases and features, and on the publicity and front of house management for theatre productions of student work.
The student led annual publication, Daps, provides excellent opportunities for hands-on experience of producing a book including calling for submissions, editing publication, print, marketing and sales.
As a USW 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.