School of Humanities

Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year

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

This specialist course combines the practice of writing for different audiences and in different contexts and genres with the development of a reflective and critical understanding of writing.

This specialist course combines the practice of writing for different audiences and in different contexts and genres with the development of a reflective and critical understanding of writing.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code W804
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020, 12 January 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?

This specialist course combines the practice of writing for different audiences and in different contexts and genres with the development of a reflective and critical understanding of writing. It is one of the few courses in the country to combine creative and professional writing, giving it a real emphasis on employability.
 
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.

Student writing, both in the classroom and in individual conferences, is the heartbeat of this specialist course. You will create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing, focusing on three broad themes: craft of writing; reading as a writer; and working as a writer.

In all your creative and professional writing modules, you can expect to spend time exploring theory and technique, reading the work of established writers, experimenting through writing exercises and producing your own original pieces. You’ll be taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines, we also invite special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing as well as internationally renowned authors.

 

  

 

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What happens on the course?

Year 1 (Level 4)

We aim to make every day you spend on the course an adventure of exploration. Exploring the world of writing; your creative ideas; your technical skills and where you see your future career.  To assist you in your personal exploration the course team is there to support you individually and in conjunction with your fellow students as you experience modules that might include:  The Craft of Writing; Reading as a Writer; Reading and Writing Poetry; Myth; Telling Tales.

Year 2 (Level 5)

The second year of the course will explore topics such as Auto/Biography: Life Writing; Humour Writing; Journalistic Writing; Region, Writing and Identity.

Year 3 (Level 6)

In your final year you will be refining your ideas on your career path and modules such as Teaching Writing; Genre (e.g. fantasy and crime writing); Writing a Novel; Independent Writing Project. and Writing Futures will help you with this

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Career Pathways

Author, Novelist, Journalist, Copy Writer, Copy Editor, Marketer, Technical Writer, Web Content Creator and Editor, Teacher.

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 prize-winning, 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.

 Comments from our External Examiners on provision:
 “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.“

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

 

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

  • Think critically, reflectively and creatively about writing
  • Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of written texts using variety of written, oral and digital resources
  • Demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)
  • 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 the study of creative and professional writing within a multicultural context
  • 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 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional Field Trips

£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

2019 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP
  • BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • 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.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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