BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

The University of Bolton's BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree is taught by professional writers and academics in an inclusive environment tailored to your ambitions. Dynamic and industry-focused, our programme is designed to help you realise your creative potential and sharpen your critical thinking through engagement with extraordinary works of literature.

Key information


BA (Hons)

Mode of Study:



4.5 years


University of Bolton

UCAS points:


UCAS code:


Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Literature is one of the most powerful ways we can experience other lives, enjoy worlds we've never visited, and develop an appreciation for the amazing capacity of words to move, inform, persuade and inspire. Through in-depth study and analysis of a range of texts, including fiction, poetry and drama, you'll cultivate your critical skills and hone your prowess as a creative communicator.

Our innovative degree allows you to critically explore a variety of literary texts and to create imaginative works that develop your understanding of real-world issues. You'll encounter everything from fantasy prose fiction to creative nonfiction memoir, powerful poetry to cutting-edge screen and stage drama. You'll consider how crafted and artful language variously shapes our society. Live briefs developed from industry partnerships will offer choice and challenge, honing your communication and organisational skills ready for the world of work.

Creativity and critical thinking are graduate skills prized by employers. Studying literature and learning how to write imaginatively and persuasively will prepare you for a range of careers, whether as an inspirational teacher, prize-winning writer, or professional editor. Our graduates work as script editors for BBC television series, as teachers and advocacy educators, and win or are placed in major awards such as the Carcanet Prize and #Merky Books New Writers' Prize.

  • By studying for your undergraduate degree with us, you can deepen your knowledge of literature and develop your imaginative writing practice while experiencing life at our supportive, student-focused, multicultural campus in the heart of the North West of England.
  • You'll be taught in small groups and workshops tailored to your interests and employability needs, including guest lectures from a range of industry specialists.
  • Our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers are professional writers and researchers whose work is widely 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.
  • The programme includes live briefs developed from industry partnerships and offers in-house work experience opportunities, including on our arts and literary magazine The Bolton Review, the New Writing Showcase and the Victorian Bolton digital archive project.
Key Features
  • Our exciting programme explores an array of literary topics and forms including fantasy fiction, life writing and memoir, screen and stage drama, nature writing and contemporary poetry, to help sharpen your critical thinking and expand your imaginative writing.
  • You'll benefit from the latest thinking in English and Creative Writing, as our course tutors are prize-winning writers and active researchers in poetry, fiction and drama, and feed their knowledge back into the curriculum.
  • We'll help you to 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.
  • We offer a dynamic programme of guest readings from contemporary writers and lectures from literary scholars' work at our regular 'Live Literature' events, giving first-hand insight into the writing industry.
  • We'll also support you in gaining lifelong learning skills, which will help you take ownership of your professional and creative development for the future, maximising your potential for success.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. The North West of England is also renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.

  • 96 UCAS points. We accept a full range of qualifications that carry UCAS points, including A-levels, BTECs and T levels. Please see our guide to the UCAS Tariff for examples of how to achieve these points. For most courses, we are also able to consider non-tariffable qualifications.
  • Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. Subjects including experience of English language and/or literature are preferred.
  • You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent), including English and Mathematics.
  • If you don't have the above qualifications but have a strong portfolio of relevant work, 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.

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, developing your imaginative writing talents alongside the critical study of English through literature. We'll help you hone the skills and knowledge to craft confident, evocative and persuasive writing across a range of forms, with live briefs that reflect an industry need for writers of all kinds to produce professional copy to deadline.

Creativity, curiosity and self-motivation are valuable transferable skills, along with the verbal and written communication, time management and organisational attributes sought by employers across many sectors.

What can I do with this qualification?

Many English and Creative Writing graduates seek work as writers on a self-employed freelance basis, building professional portfolio careers. Public and private sector organisations such as educational institutions, retail companies, local and national government, media companies, and charitable organisations employ English and Creative Writing graduates in a range of roles, including teaching, administration, editing and publishing, advertising, journalism, general management and marketing.

You may have ambitions to study for an MA or PhD in a variety of fields, or you may decide to undertake a more vocational route and study a postgraduate course 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
  • Journalism
  • Screen and play writing
  • Professional author (novelist/poet/memoirist)

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 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 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 for EU students web page 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 2023-2024 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 2023-2024 and its current rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework.


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

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

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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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

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 contexts 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 imaginative writing, 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.

Forms of assessment include portfolios, essays, anthologies, notebook, reviews, presentations, and written reflections upon your creative work, all of which will ultimately contribute to your final module marks. This 'summative' assessment is supported by more formative approaches that do not 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.

We adopt a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.


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.

  • Language and Style
  • Writing the North
  • Writing for Publication
  • Critical Reading
  • Narrating the Self
  • Professional Practice 1
  • Culture and Context
  • Literary Communities
  • Writing for Social Change
  • Writing the Fantastic
  • Major Project
  • Articulating the Body
  • Back to the Future
  • Professional Practice 2
  • Histories, Anxieties and Utopias
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Level twoCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Level threeCoursework 84%, Practical exams 16%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 66%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 34%
Level twoGuided independent study 75%, Placement/study abroad 4%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%
Level threeGuided independent study 79%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 21%


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

Valerie O'Riordan
Programme Leader


+44 (0)1204 903096

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Mode of study
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