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School of Humanities

Creative and Professional Writing

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 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 W846
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  • Start Date(s) 18 January 2021, 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, 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.

Student writing is the heartbeat of this 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?

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.

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.

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 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
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

2020 Entry         

Typical entry requirement: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

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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01902 32 22 22

Email

enquiries@wlv.ac.uk

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