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.

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BA (Hons)

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4.5 years


University of Bolton

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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.

  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022 places us first in the UK for teaching quality and student experience for both the Creative Writing and English subject areas.
  • 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.

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 students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2021/22.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2021-2022 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for ‘Home’ fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance eligibility 2021-2022 policy on for information.

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.

For 2021-2022 entry, the maximum government approved undergraduate tuition fee for UK students is £9,250 per year. The University is able to charge this fee subject to an approved Access and Participation Plan for 2021-2022 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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

For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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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.


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%


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

+44 (0)1204 903238

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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