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Creative Writing and English Literature

BA (Hons)

Undergraduate degree - combined honours

Award
BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature
School/s
School of Writing, Publishing and the Humanities
Campus or location
Newton Park
Course length
Three years full time, or four years full time with professional placement year. Part time available.
UCAS codes
Institution Code: B20
Course Code: WQ93 or SE57
Campus Code: A,BSU

Entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed under 'Typical offers' in the main column below. For combined courses, please check both subjects. If your qualification is not listed, please email admissions@bathspa.ac.uk with your specific details.

Develop professional skills and follow your passion for literature and writing with an exciting combination of creative practice and critical thinking, led by expert researchers and award-winning authors.

  • Engage with the world beyond university. Work with communities, international institutions, literary festivals, publishing houses and cultural projects.
  • Your projects, your way, with our support. From creating digital projects, to essays, publications and podcasts - we’ll help you find your voice.
  • Explore literature through a global perspective, embracing it as a diverse phenomenon and challenging its complex histories.

Combining Creative Writing and English has a number of benefits. Your Creative Writing modules will give you a space to explore your imagination and translate your ideas into poetry, script and prose, as well as graphic novels and comics, or live literature – events, festivals, readings and performances connected with your craft.

English Literature introduces you to an incredible range of literary worlds. From classic texts to new and unfamiliar writing, you'll be asked to think differently about what ‘literature’ can be and to explore original ways of reading and analysing it. We’ll ask you to place your reading in wider contexts, and to draw on other disciplines to deepen your understanding and sharpen your insights.

It’s not just about reading and writing – you’ll also learn vital professional skills. English Literature and Creative Writing will help you develop the creativity, analysis, communication and collaboration skills, which can open up a diverse range of possible careers. To maximise your potential, we’ll support you in learning how to manage projects, work with your peers, and collaborate in our partnership projects.

During your degree, you’ll encounter people working in a range of organisations in the creative and cultural industries, such as publishing houses, literary agencies, charities, museums and heritage sites, advertising and marketing agencies. You’ll leave with a portfolio of work and experience that demonstrates the practical and professional skills, habits and ways of thinking that you’ve learned – which are highly valued by employers.

Why choose this combination?

Being a better reader helps you to become a better writer, and vice versa. Writers studying English benefit from critical engagement with a wide range of literature, and studying literature helps you understand your own creative practice within the wider literary culture. In parallel, your creative writing skills, as they develop, enable you to recognise elements of style and authorial craft in literature. This combination of critical skills, knowledge and practice will give you the tools to understand the world and seek to shape it.

What you'll learn

Overview

We combine the academic study of literature with creative practice and skill-based modules to create a practical, applied degree. You’ll learn how to analyse a wide range of literary texts and explore different writing styles and genres, but you'll also learn practical skills such as:

  • the craft of writing for different audiences
  • editing and copywriting skills
  • communicating your ideas through a variety of forms and media.

You'll also have the opportunity to collaborate on creative projects with other students both within and outside your course.

Course structure

Year one
The first year will introduce you to key elements and concepts in both subjects. You’ll develop your skills with a broad curriculum of core modules in Creative Writing and English Literature, plus one cross-disciplinary module.

Year two
Alongside core modules in both subjects, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of Creative Writing and English Literature modules that cover a wide range of genres and topics, including a number that emphasise working with cultural industries or local communities.

Year three
The final year follows the mix of required and optional modules from year two, but with an additional emphasis on independent writing and research. You’ll write a piece of extended creative writing in the form of your choice, and in your English studies, you can choose from a variety of final projects (previously, students have created digital resources, worked at literary festivals and produced educational materials, to name a few examples).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is based on 100% coursework (there are no exams). Most modules will require you to submit a portfolio of creative writing along with a reflective or contextual essay in which you describe what you've learned in class and from your reading/working on your own writing.

Depending on your module choices, coursework may include essays, journals, portfolios of short critical pieces, projects and dissertations, podcasts, seminar presentations, and web-based projects.

How will I be taught?

You’ll be taught through a mixture of workshops, lectures, presentations and tutorials. Workshops offer you the opportunity to read and discuss each other's work in a supportive, informal and informative atmosphere. Lectures are used to introduce techniques and themes in detail. Tutorials provide you with the opportunity to discuss your work with your tutor on a one-to-one basis.

To find out more about how we teach and how you'll learn, please read our Learning and Teaching Delivery Statement.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

The course is taught at our stunning Newton Park campus, where you’ll be surrounded by wildlife and beautiful eighteenth century landscaping.

You'll have access to a range of excellent facilities, including:

Resources

As a Creative Writing and English Literature student, you'll have access to:

  • Cameras, audio recording and other equipment, available through the University's free equipment loan service
  • Technical staff to help students use industry-standard software
  • Library with print and ebooks, digital resources, literary magazines and journals.

Opportunities

Study abroad

As part of your degree, you could study abroad on a placement at one of Bath Spa’s partner universities.

Global Citizenship

If you’re a full-time undergraduate student starting your first year at Bath Spa University, you can apply for the Certificate in Global Citizenship, which you’ll study alongside your degree.

You’ll gain global awareness and add an international dimension to your student experience, and funding is available. On successful completion of the programme, you’ll be awarded a Certificate in Global Citizenship. This is in addition to your degree; it doesn’t change your degree title or results.

Work placements, industry links and internships

Subject-related placements are key to helping you make connections and gain experience in companies and organisations that interest you. You’ll have the opportunity to find exciting, subject-related placements, and we’ll support you to do this. Our students often work with the Bath Literature Festival, for instance, or with production companies such as the BBC.

Careers

Employability is a core part of our curriculum. You’ll develop your own projects, and have access to our renowned digital facilities, as well as to our Bath Spa Careers team who'll help you forge a fulfilling future.

Many of our graduates pursue careers in publishing or teaching. Organisations including NewScientist, Trinity College Library, DigitalBox and Cengage Learning EMEA have employed our graduates. Graduate professions include:

  • Novelist
  • Science magazine editor
  • Children’s author
  • Playwright
  • Digital Marketing Executive
  • Social media/content writer
  • Commercial copywriter for brands or charities
  • University lecturer
  • Editor
  • Poet
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Publishing Outreach Executive
  • Marketing Campaigns Officer

Some graduates choose to progress onto postgraduate study. Many of our students go on to study one of our specialist MA programmes in either Creative Writing, Writing for Young People, Scriptwriting, Nature and Travel Writing, or Children’s Publishing.

Competitions and awards

There are annual prizes for the best overall performance in both core modules in years one and two, and a very special prize for the best final year English Project.

Each year, the Creative Writing department awards a range of prizes to students to celebrate the best writing produced in the final year. The department also awards the Les Arnold Prize for the top student in the second year, honouring the memory of the poet, who started the writing programme in 1992.

Professional placement year

Overview

This optional placement year provides you with the opportunity to identify, apply for and secure professional experience, normally comprising one to three placements over a minimum of nine months. Successful completion of this module will demonstrate your ability to secure and sustain graduate-level employment.

By completing the module, you'll be entitled to the addition of 'with Professional Placement Year' to your degree title.

Preparation

Before your Professional Placement Year, you'll work to secure your placement, constructing a development plan with your module leader and your placement coordinator from our Careers and Employability team.

How will I be assessed?

On your return to University for your final year, you'll submit your Placement Portfolio, detailing your development on your placement.

Fees

Please note: Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland are not generally eligible for the UK (Home) fee status. Please refer to the international student rate. Irish citizens and those granted Settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme are eligible for UK (Home) fee status. There are also other circumstances where this may apply: See UKCISA for more information.

UK students full time

2023/24 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £9,250
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UK students part time

2023/24 Entry

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Year 1 £4,625
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International students full time

2023/24 Entry

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Year 1 £15,930
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2026/27 Entry

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All students full time - with professional placement year

During the placement year, the fee is reduced to 20% of the full time fee. Otherwise, fees are the same as for full time study. This applies to UK, EU and International students.

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

We're looking for students who share our passion for literature in all its forms. You should be inquisitive and willing to challenge yourself and question shared assumptions. You'll want to collaborate with others in exploring the ideas and worlds opened up to us by the written word.

We judge each application on its own merit and many of our most successful graduates have not fit neatly into standard criteria. We also welcome applications from students who demonstrate real commitment to their writing. This commitment may be expressed in publications or awards.

Typical offers

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our undergraduate programmes. The main ones are listed below:

  • A Level – grades BBB-BCC including a Grade B in English or a related subject.
  • BTEC – Extended Diploma grades from Distinction Distinction Merit (DDM) to Distinction Merit Merit (DMM) in a related subject.
  • T Levels – grade Merit preferred in a relevant subject.
  • International Baccalaureate – a minimum of 28 points are required with a minimum of grade 5 in English at Higher Level.
  • Access to HE courses – typical offers for applicants with Access to HE will be the Access to HE Diploma or Access to HE Certificate (60 credits, 45 of which must be Level 3, at Merit or higher).

English Language Requirements for International and EU Applicants

IELTS 6.0 - for visa nationals, with a minimum score of IELTS 5.5 in each element.

Course enquiries

For further information about the programme or entry requirements, please email us at admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.

How do I apply?

Ready to apply? Click the 'apply now' button in the centre of this page.

Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

Course leader: Ms Lucy Sweetman (Creative Writing)
Email: l.sweetman@bathspa.ac.uk

Course leader: Dr Stephen Gregg (English Literature)
Email: s.gregg@bathspa.ac.uk

Three year course
With placement year

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