English with Creative Writing BA, 3-4 years

Start date:

2020
2021

Course information

Typical offer ABB-BBB

UK/EU fee £9,250

UCAS code Q3W1

International fee £17,450

Institute code L34

Taught by English

Admissions enquiries
+44 (0)116 252 5281
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We’ll teach you how to analyse some of the most inspirational texts ever set to paper – and how to write them too. Combining the study of English literature with the craft of creative writing, you’ll learn how to read and write across genres, from fiction to creative non-fiction, and from poetry to screenwriting.

Course description

Course description

Due to the ongoing impact of the global pandemic we have had to evaluate all of our courses to ensure that we adhere to Government guidelines to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students. This means that as we work through these changes the modules, delivery methods and assessments shown, including those shown for future years, are subject to change.

Our English with Creative Writing BA offers you the chance to study English literature and language from its earliest forms through to the present day, and gives you the opportunity to hone your own creative writing skills.

Leicester has a rich literary history and our library contains the personal archives of local authors Joe Orton and Sue Townsend. As well as our own experts, you’ll benefit from hearing from guest speakers - our Centre for New Writing also hosts an annual Creative Writing lecture, with previous visitors including Ben Okri, Laura Esquivel and Michael Morpurgo.

On this course you will explore the full range of key creative writing themes and forms, from prose fiction to creative nonfiction (including autobiography, memoir and travel writing), and from poetry to screenwriting.

You will perform your work in public and also write literary reviews, allowing you to learn the professional skills which will build your confidence for life after graduation. You will also come to understand the wider professional writing industries, which could include film, publishing, editing, performance, and literary events.

While reading Wilde or Dickens, you will be composing your own prose narratives; while learning about life-writing you might be reading the autobiographies of Nabokov, Wright or Maya Angelou. Our dynamic and exciting course will immerse you in a great tradition, as both a reader and an active participant.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB-BBB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined). Two AS-levels may be considered in place of one A-level. General Studies is accepted.
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB at A-level including English (Language, Literature or combined) + EPQ at grade B.
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points, including 6 in Higher Level English.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. To include 12 credits at Distinction in English Level 3 Modules.
  • BTEC Nationals: Pass Diploma with DDM. Plus grade B in A-level English (Language, Literature or combined)

Other national and international qualifications considered.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the department.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2020

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2020

  • £17,450 per year
  • Year Abroad: £4,362.50, which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

All students take part in the Talent Academy, which provides an introduction to the resources provided by our Careers Development Service and opportunities to gain work experience with leading employers.

We offer an option module on 'Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages'. This will increase your own understanding of the English language and provide practical teaching experience. It leads to the highly respected Cambridge CELTA qualification, which will allow you to teach both in this country and abroad.

We also offer an option module on 'English and Education' which provides practical teaching experience with a placement in a local school. You can also gain direct experience in the publishing industry with the module 'Diversifying Publishing and the Literature Industry'.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have found work with companies such as:

  • Allegis Group
  • Aceville Publications
  • The Mills Archive Trust
  • PPL PRS Music Licensing
  • Dennis Publishing
  • Miyazaki City Board of Education

Rachel studied English with a year abroad and went on to become Head of English and Associate Assistant Principal at a secondary school in London.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

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Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals

We are committed to providing skills and knowledge to help prepare you tackle global challenges. We have mapped our undergraduate degrees for learning which aligns to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

This degree includes learning which relates to the following UN Sustainable Development Goals:

Find out more about the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

In your first year, you will explore key texts, as well as taking modules that will give you a foundation in the study of literature and the practice of creative writing.

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

You will have the opportunity to discover literature from the Middle Ages and early modern periods, and to explore the literary and theoretical movements that have shaped contemporary literary studies, as you refine your skills on our advanced creative writing modules.

Core modules

Option modules

First choose:

and choose:

You cannot choose both Renaissance Literature modules.

Then either choose these three option modules :

Or choose one option module from that list and:

You cannot choose both Love Wars modules or both Concepts in Criticism modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year Abroad (optional)

Year Abroad (optional)

If you wish, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.

Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our Study Abroad Unit.

Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

English at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the Erasmus+ scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. Languages courses, at both beginners and advanced level, are available through the University’s Languages at Leicester scheme.

  • For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus+ scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.

We have links with the following universities:

We also have links with some universities outside Europe. If you are receiving financial assistance from Student Finance your support will continue and you may also be eligible to apply for additional travel grants or scholarships. We have links with the following universities:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

You will choose from a range of modules focusing on various facets of English and Creative Writing, allowing you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you. From Victorian to postmodern literature, your final year will be the capstone of your studies.

Option modules

You will choose four option modules from the following list - this must include one module marked *. You cannot choose both Victorians modules.

You will then choose four option modules from the following list - this must include one module marked *. You cannot choose both Post-War to Postmodern modules.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 97% of our English students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Notable authors who have spoken at the University include Carol Anne Duffy, Will Self, Amitav Ghosh, Jacqueline Wilson, Roger McGough, Fay Weldon, Linton Kwesi Johnson and Sarah Waters.

The David Wilson Library has extensive collections of rare books and manuscripts plus the personal archives of two local giants of 20th century writing: Joe Orton and Sue Townsend.

Our teaching staff are active researchers in a large number of different fields, from Caribbean literature to writing on medicine, and from the pre-Conquest period to the post-colonial era.

English at Leicester

It wasn’t just the books that made the library special for Bobby – he loved the building too.

Reading list

See the types of texts you might read, over the summer, to get a feel for the course and arrive prepared and ready to go.

View a reading list for English degrees

Teaching and learning

Teaching

For each module you will typically have one or two lectures and a seminar every week. Alongside these events will be a number of additional sessions, such as workshops on research and study skills, learning groups, introduced film screenings, and scheduled personal tutor meetings. Lectures are designed to introduce you to important background information for understanding a text, theme, or author. Weekly seminars, in which a tutor leads a small group of students in discussion, will allow you to explore a text or topic in greater depth, developing your own responses in active conversation with your tutor and peers.

For your third-year dissertation you receive one-to-one tuition across the term from a tutor with expertise in your chosen subject.

Assessment

You will be assessed by range of different methods, in order to reflect the number of different skills you will acquire, including essays, group-work projects, oral presentations, reviews, portfolios, and exams. These assessments are designed to help you build confidence in a range of areas and to provide prospective employers with evidence that you can work effectively both as an independent researcher and as a team member. Your final degree result will be based on the work you do in the second and third years of your degree.

You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether academic, financial, housing, career, or social. Our pastoral care system is first-rate, and feedback and participation are encouraged through the Student-Staff Committee, where lecturers and student representatives from all years meet to discuss the issues that affect you.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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