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School of Humanities

English Language and Creative and Professional Writing

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

The English Language and Creative Professional Writing integrated joint degree enables you to develop your own writing talent whilst acquiring a deep understanding of the forms and functions of the English language and the ways in which texts are constructed.

The English Language and Creative Professional Writing integrated joint degree enables you to develop your own writing talent whilst acquiring a deep understanding of the forms and functions of the English language and the ways in which texts are constructed.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code QW38
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  • Fees View
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  • Start Date(s) 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
  • School School of Humanities

Why choose this course?

The English Language and Creative Professional Writing integrated joint degree enables you to develop your own writing talent whilst acquiring 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 Creative Professional Writing and English Language degree will introduce 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?

Your 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.

Potential Career Paths

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 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 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)

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 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 website to find out more.


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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