This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.
Key features of the course
- Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama.
- Develop and reflect on your own writing practice
- Have the opportunity to develop a project based on independent study
- Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplace
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities followed by up to two modules chosen from a variety of subjects.
- Next, in Stage 2, you'll focus on your creative writing and English literature studies with two compulsory modules.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with an advanced creative writing module and an advanced literature module.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification.
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Skills for career development
Studying English literature and creative writing will equip you with an adaptable set of skills that can give entry to a vast range of occupations, leading in a number of career directions. You’ll learn to evaluate and assimilate information in constructing an argument; and acquire skills of creative and critical thinking, analysis, and communication that are much in demand in the workplace.
You’ll also sharpen up essential writing and IT skills. These are key skills that are crucial to many different kinds of complex organisations and are greatly sought after in the world beyond study – whether you’re already working, volunteering, or changing career.
The breadth of study and the range of analysis, combined with training in clear thinking and communication, make this degree course relevant to a wide variety of careers, including:
- public administration, local government, the civil service, art institutions, and social services
- advertising, journalism, publishing, creative industries and public relations
- legal work
- business, banking and retail
- human resources
- charities and campaigning.
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Last updated January 19, 2018