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School of Humanities

English Language and Creative and Professional Writing with Foundation Year

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

The BA (Hons) English Language and Creative Professional Writing  with Foundation Year helps you to hone your academic skills so that you can then develop your knowledge and understanding in the specialist fields of language study and creative writing.

The BA (Hons) English Language and Creative Professional Writing  with Foundation Year helps you to hone your academic skills so that you can then develop your knowledge and understanding in the specialist fields of language study and creative writing.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q311
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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 BA (Hons) English Language and Creative Professional Writing  with Foundation Year helps you to hone your academic skills so that you can then develop your knowledge and understanding in the specialist fields of language study and creative writing. The degree enables you to develop your own writing talent, acquire a deep understanding of the forms and functions of the English language and the ways in which texts are constructed. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which you can create, analyse and interpret different genres and styles of writing and gain understanding of the nuances of meaning implicit in various choices of words, phrases, and grammatical structures.

The foundation level introduces you to the skills and knowledge relevant to study at higher education level in the Humanities and Media, while the Creative Professional Writing and English Language part of your degree introduces you to key theories, concepts and debates in the field, such as the relationship between author and audience or the influence gender, age, class in communication. Above all, it will enable you to communicate more effectively in writing and to enhance your own creative and critical judgement. You will also 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.



What happens on the course?

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. On successful completion of the foundation year, you will spend the next three years studying dedicated modules in English Language and Creative and Professional Writing.

Once you have progressed from your foundation year, your dedicated English Language and Creative and Professional Writing modules will fall broadly into four categories: Textual Analysis or ‘Reading as a Writer’ modules; Language and Society modules; Craft of Writing modules; and Working as a Writer modules. The Textual Analysis or ‘Reading as a Writer’ modules are designed to raise your awareness of the ways in which texts are crafted in order to address a particular audience with a particular purpose in mind. They teach you how to analyse texts using insights from linguistics and 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 syles and genres.


The language and society modules focus on the ways in which language use changes over time or varies from place to place or according to context. You will study the history of the English language, sociolinguistics, gender and language, conversation analysis, semantics and pragmatics (that is, the analysis of meaning and language use in context). You also have the option of studying modules in psycholinguistics and teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).


Craft of Writing 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 and Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employablity as a writer.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Creative Professional Writing and English Language will equip graduates for a diversity of occupations, including: journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, editing and technical writing. Some of our graduates have become teachers and writing tutors, while some have opted for MA and PhD study at universities worldwide. Many of our graduates become published writers, placing work in both regional and national publications.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Creative and Professional Writing:

"The progamme 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!

    • The course is one of the few in the country to combine English Language 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.
    • The English team at Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

    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 Language:

    "I've read many good essays which show students' real engagement with module primary and secondary materials, which in turn suggest overall degree structures with decent breadth"

    "Each module in Wolverhampton is assessed by more than one mode of assessment, allowing students to play to their strengths".

    "All of these show good practice, real dedication to teaching on the tutors' behalf, and a great deal of effort going into the designing of modules, the setting of assignments, and the assessment of the submitted assignments".

    "I particularly liked seeing innovative assessment methods … adjusted to the different kinds of student population".

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


  1. Exhibit critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about language in a multi-cultural context;
  2. Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts using a variety of written, oral and digital resources;
  3. Produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing;
  4. articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, the forms and functions of language, the relationship of language to its social and cultural context, discourse conventions, and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing;
  5. source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the study of English language and the production of creative and professional writing;
  6. demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)

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

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

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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 for further information.


”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying CPW and English at Wolverhampton University 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)

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 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 ( for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


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