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School of Humanities

Creative and Professional Writing and English with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Part-time 8 years, Full-time 4 years

The Creative and Professional Writing and English integrated joint provides an opportunity for you to develop your own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with English literature and language.

The Creative and Professional Writing and English integrated joint provides an opportunity for you to develop your own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with English literature and language.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W801
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

The Creative and Professional Writing and English integrated joint provides an opportunity for you to develop your own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with English literature and language.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.

The degree programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which you can create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing. The study of Creative and Professional Writing with English will help students to communicate more effectively in writing, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. You will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

In the 2015 National Student Survey this course achieved 100% student satisfaction rate!

  

What happens on the course?

 

Your writing modules will fall broadly into three categories: Craft of Writing modules, Reading as a Writer modules, and Working as a Writer modules. Craft modules focus on you as a writer and are designed to help you explore your creative imagination whilst developing the skills required to express it. Reading as a Writer modules are designed teach you how to read with an eye for technique: the emphasis here will be on what you can learn from other writers across a spectrum of styles and genres. Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employability as a writer.

 

The English modules that form part of this programme offer a diversity of approaches to literature and language. At Year One they provide a stimulating introduction to the study of English, teaching the knowledge and skills you will require in order to study the topic at degree level. At Years Two and Three modules become more specific, taking a cutting edge critical approach to such topics as: literary influence and the canon, literary theory, literature and class, American literature, Victorian literature, literature and travel, sex gender and language, and modernism.

 

 

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Creative and Professional Writing and English graduates have gone on to pursue a diversity of writing occupations in journalism, marketing, and technical writing. Others are employed as teachers and writing tutors, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Our alumni have embarked on careers with, among others, the Arts Council, Epson, the RAF, the UK Gaming Commission, Virgin Trains and the University of Wolverhampton. Additionally, our graduates have launched their own magazine and publishing ventures, secured Arts Council funding for their writing projects, and placed work in a host of regional and national publications.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Creative and Professional Writing:

“The programme offers an impressive range of subjects which fully prepare students to undertake creative and professional writing“.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 

  • This course is one of the few in the country to combine English with creative and professional writing (most exclude the former). Thus there is a real emphasis on employability.
  • The course is taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship etc).
  • Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors.
  • In the 2015 National Student Survey this course achieved 100% student satisfaction rate!

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For Creative and Professional Writing:

“The team in themselves are highly active and productive as writers - their publications in contemporary fiction, humour writing, literary criticism and creative writing pedagogy are important contributions to their respective fields and ensure the relevance and currency of their teaching.“

For English:

"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods.  The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".

The members of academic staff who lead this course are Paul McDonald & Aiden Byrne

 On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • exhibit critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about literature in a multi-cultural context,
  • engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts using a variety of written, oral and digital resources,
  • employ a range of transferable skill intrinsic to practice in the English subject area and of value in graduate employment,
  • produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing,
  • articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing,
  • source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trip

£100 - Subsidised trip to The Globe Theatre London

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying Creative and Professional Writing and English at the University of Wolverhampton were the best of my life. I did not dislike a single module I studied, and I feel that I learned something important from each one. I cannot believe how much my writing has improved, and I have not only acquired valuable writing skills, but also important life skills.”  - Megan Hallowell (CPW and English graduate 09)”

Tuition Fees Loan Home and EU National):

Most students will be able to apply for loans to help pay for these. Depending on where you live, if you have been to University previously and your circumstances, grants, bursaries and scholarships might also be available. Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay. For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund. for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages



You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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