English Literature and Creative Writing (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Become a creative and critical writer, learning from award-winning staff on a course with 100% student satisfaction.

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Be taught by published writers

Tyler Keevil in the learning centre reading
Creative Writing Society evening event

Pursue your passion for story, literature and creativity, immersing yourself in great literary works while developing your own creative writing skills. The mixture of English Literature and Creative Writing will help you become both a critical and creative writer. You’ll be mentored by published authors in both fields such as Professor John Hughes, famous for Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s, and author Tyler Keevil, winner of the Journey Prize and the 2014 Wales Book of the Year People's Prize.   Our English Literature and Creative Writing degree had 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016

On the course you’ll develop skills in different writing strands including prose, poetry and drama, both from a creative and critical perspective. As you progress you can explore specialisms such as transgressive writing, crime fiction, sci-fi, and American literature. In your final year, you’ll also learn about the publishing industry and how to submit your work to professional magazines and markets.   As one of our writers, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the Everyman Theatre, and see your work performed by actors in a staged reading. You’ll also be able to get published in our student-led magazine, Show Don’t Tell, as well as our annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series. Internships are also available for career preparation.

You’ll benefit from industry links with the Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre and London-based literary agency Johnson & Alcock, which judges our annual novel writing contest. Cheltenham is also home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts writers, journalists, philosophers and historians from around the globe. Our students volunteer, interview speakers and blog about the event.

Study style

We’re a close-knit community and our students benefit from a high level of support. The course includes a mix of lectures, seminars and one-to-one tutorials - all taught by professional authors and critics. In lectures, you'll learn the fundamentals of good writing by studying the greats, both classic and contemporary. In workshops, you'll develop your own stories, plays, novels and poems. Regular writing workshops mean you can share your work with peers and get their feedback.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2018 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2018 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. To find out more, please email our enquiries team.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country.

Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.

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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
Single Honours - 3 years full-timeQW38


  • Writer/author
  • Playwright
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Editor
  • Marketer
  • Teacher/lecturer

Industry links

Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre, Johnson & Alcock, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can join the Creative Writing society, take part in literature-themed social events, and showcase your work at friendly and vibrant open mic nights.

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Be taught by published writers

You’ll learn from published authors and critics, including: Dr Paul Innes who wrote Shakespeare's Roman Plays; Professor John Hughes who wrote Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s; and author Tyler Keevil, winner of the Journey Prize and 2014 Wales Book of the Year People's Prize.

Take part in an international literature festival

Cheltenham is home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can get involved in a number of activities around the event. Students have interviewed contributors, reviewed events, volunteered and blogged about it.

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See your work performed by professionals

On our dramatic writing modules, you'll have the opportunity to work closely with Cheltenham’s renowned Everyman Theatre. You’ll develop your play at the theatre with the artistic director, a playwright, and resident actors – leading to a staged reading open to your peers, tutors, and the public.

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