BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Our BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree is designed to inspire and develop your interest and appreciation for the vast and enriching world of literature and ideas. Meanwhile, you’ll have extensive opportunities to develop and enhance your own approaches to expression and communication.

Key information

Award:

BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:

Full-time

Duration:

3 years

Location:

The University of Bolton

UCAS points:

96

UCAS code:

QW38

Start date:

21/09/2020

Course Details

Literature is an extraordinary resource for broadening your intellectual understanding. It’s one of the most powerful ways we can experience others’ lives, enjoy worlds we’ve never visited, and develop our appreciation for the sheer power of words in expressing ideas and emotions. Through in-depth study and analysis of a range of texts and formats – including prose, poetry and plays – you’ll have the chance to hone your critical skills and develop your prowess as a creative communicator.

We’ll guide and support you through a rich course of study that should help you extend your understanding of language and how it can inform, persuade, shock and delight. Join us on a journey into the world of literature, where we’ll help you develop a deeper understanding of the social, political, historical and cultural contexts, and the impact of literary texts.

Our experienced and highly qualified team offers you a supportive environment in which to explore the central role of language in the creation of meaning. Through research, discussion, argument and analysis, you’ll have opportunities to learn to use language, effectively and powerfully, to achieve your goals.

Highlights
  • Our English and Creative Writing courses are ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 also ranks our English subject area as top in the UK for student experience and second in the UK for teaching quality.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to benefit from our strong links with external creative organisations, including the nationally acclaimed Octagon Theatre, Bolton, where you can gain behind-the-scenes access and workshop experience.
  • To give you publishing experience, we encourage you to submit your work to our literary magazine The Bolton Review.
  • Our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers are professional writers and researchers whose work is published or produced on stage, screen or radio.
  • We have excellent industry contacts and strong links to external creative organisations such as publishers, production companies, theatres, libraries, art galleries, schools, funding bodies and arts development agencies – so we can offer you work experience in a wide variety of settings.
Key Features
  • We offer popular options in women’s writing, Gothic fiction, children’s literature, film adaptation and contemporary poetry, as well as a range of creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction and drama.
  • You can benefit from the latest thinking and discoveries, as our course tutors are active researchers in poetry, prose and drama, and feed their knowledge back into the curriculum.
  • We’ll help you develop a range of skills highly valued by employers, such as written and verbal communication, presenting information and ideas, argument and persuasion, working to tight deadlines, and research and critical analysis.
  • You can attend guest lectures from literary scholars, and hear contemporary writers’ work at the University’s regular literature events.

  • 96 UCAS points. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points.
  • Your Level 3 subjects should normally include English; for instance, A-level English Language and Literature or Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.
  • If you don't have the above qualifications but have a strong portfolio of relevant work then we encourage you to apply.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Want some reassurance or advice? Speak to one of our advisors. Email us at enquiries@bolton.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)1204 903 903.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.


This degree gives you a unique and exceptional opportunity to enhance your creative and analytical abilities – by developing your creative writing talents alongside the critical study of English through literature. We aim to help you develop the skills and knowledge to craft confident, evocative and persuasive prose. Creativity, curiosity and self-motivation are valuable transferable skills, along with the oral and written communication, time-management and organisational attributes sought by employers across the sectors.

What can I do with this qualification?

Many graduates seek work as a writer on a self-employed, freelance basis. Also, public and private sector organisations such as educational institutions, retail companies, local and national government, media companies, and charitable organisations employ graduates in a range of roles, including teaching, administration, editing and publishing, advertising, journalism, general management and marketing. You may aim to go on and study an MA or PhD in a variety of fields, and teaching is also a popular option. Others may decide to undertake a more vocational route and study courses related to teaching, journalism, librarianship or publishing.

Alternative career options

The qualification can support a range of other career paths. For some of these roles, relevant experience or postgraduate study may be required. Potential careers include:

  • Libraries
  • Social media management
  • Information services
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Web content production
  • Public relations
  • Technical writing
  • Research
  • Strategic communications
  • Screen and play writing
  • Novelist/poet

Course fees
Home EU Fees Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£9,250£9,250£9,250-£27,750
International Year of study Total
Entry year2020/212021/222022/232023/24
2020£12,450£12,450£12,450-£37,350

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The university is currently awaiting government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/2020.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

Bursaries

Click here for more information about the scholarships and bursaries available to University of Bolton undergraduate students.


September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

University of Bolton Group Partners

Bolton College
University Technical College
University of Bolton

The University welcomes applications from our group partners and progressing students so we try to make our application process as simple and as fast as possible. By selecting the link for your chosen course from the list shown below you will be taken directly to our online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this and ensure you upload all supporting documents such as certificates and your personal statement when you apply.

Please ensure when you are asked to add a contact email address you add your college/university email account address as well as your personal address. If you do not add your college address as your contact address we will be unable to identify you as a partner and you will be referred to apply via UCAS, which incurs a cost.

We look forward to receiving your application and you continuing your academic journey with us!


To support you in reaching your creative and analytical potential, we call on a variety of teaching and learning methods. Lectures introduce selected literary works, and we begin making connections to critical, theoretical and historical information that will enrich your understanding. Seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail, and will incorporate small group working and whole group discussion.

Meanwhile, one-to-one tutorials give you an opportunity to clarify your learning, discuss your assignments and receive feedback on your work. To support your progress on this rich and rewarding degree, we recommend you set significant time aside for independent study such as library research and background reading, and preparing for seminars, tutorials and module assignments. Of course, we’ll provide tailored advice and guidance on finding the self-directed study approaches that best match your study goals and personal preferences.

The University’s e-learning portal, Moodle, is a great online learning tool that gives you access to additional resources for each module.

Assessment comprises essays, notebooks, reviews, presentations, portfolios, traditional exams, as well as draft creative work and reflective commentaries on your writing, which will ultimately contribute to your final module marks. This ‘summative’ assessment is supported by more formative approaches that don’t contribute to grades or marks, but support your progress towards success on this course. For example, personal feedback on your work and contributions, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and helping you find the most effective ways to make the most of your experience with us.

Modules

The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Scholarship
  • Stories and Narrative
  • Introduction to Literature: Form and Genre
  • Introduction to Literature: Text and Context
  • Writing Poetry and Fiction
  • Writing Drama
  • Future Directions
  • Critical Dialogues
  • The Literature of Love
  • Perspectives on Poetry
  • Aspects of Prose Fiction
  • Writing Drama: The Turn of the Story
  • Writing Fiction: The Character of the Writing
  • Writing Poetry: The Shape of the Voice
  • Writing for Publication
  • Approaches to Drama
  • Gothic Narratives
  • Adaptation
  • Ambivalent Intimacies: Reading Contemporary British Fiction
  • Virtual Victorians
  • Children's Literature
  • Narrative Representations of Female Desire
  • Special Authors
  • Renaissance Drama
  • The Writers' Room: Drama
  • The Writers' Room: Fiction
  • The Writers' Room: Poetry
  • The Writer's World
  • The Professional Author
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Research Skills
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 91%, Practical exams 9%
Level twoCoursework 82%, Practical exams 9%, Written exams 9%
Level threeCoursework 90%, Practical exams 10%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 74%, Placement/study abroad 3%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 23%
Level threeGuided independent study 80%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 20%

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

Jill Marsden
Programme Leader

J.Marsden@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903238

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

+44 (0)1204 903903

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