English Language and Creative Writing (BA Hons)

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3 Years (Full-Time)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

Get the best out of your creative and critical writing with award-winning writers and exciting guest workshops.

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Develop both your creative and critical writing skills on this versatile joint programme that blends English language and creative writing. Mentored by award-winning writers such as Tyler Keevil, winner of the People’s Choice 2014 Wales Book of the Year Award, you’ll have the opportunity to be published before you graduate. You’ll benefit from free tickets to our internationally-celebrated Cheltenham Literature Festival, which has hosted a variety of inspiring guest speakers such as, JK Rowling, Ian McEwan and Dame Judi Dench.

Looking at the context of language from its historical origins to the birth of digital language you will discover a range of writing styles and techniques. You’ll participate in lively debates and group seminars discussing how language constructs social issues, such as sexism, racism, body image and immigration. You will also benefit from one-to-one tutorials with your lecturers.

Exploring literary and language theory, you’ll also have the chance to submit your own creative writing. Through interactive workshops you’ll critique the work of your peers and receive supportive and encouraging feedback for your own work too. You can also train with voice coaches, motivational speakers and as a writer, see your work performed at a reading by professional theatre actors.

Study style

The course balances theoretical modules with modules designed to inspire and inform your own work. Many of our students have their writing published before graduating, in journals such as the New Writing series, our annual undergraduate anthology and Show Don't Tell, our recently launched, student-led creative writing magazine. 

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. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. 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-timeQWH8


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Industry links

Gain work experience from our industry links with the Parabola Arts Centre, the Johnson Alcock literary agency, the Cheltenham Everyman Theatre and Fox Mason Literary Agency. Students can also get free tickets to lectures at the internationally-celebrated Cheltenham Literature Festival, covering topics such as voice and public speaking, and training to teach. Well-known contemporary poetry magazine Iota is edited within the department.

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Staff Profile

Tyler Keevil

"I teach Creative Writing because I believe in the importance of story; it is an essential part of being human, a way of making sense of our world and our place in it. When I first came to the UK I worked with the theatre company, Theatr Powys, and they instilled in me a passion for learning and teaching through narrative. In my classes I aim to carry on that tradition by introducing students to some of my favourite works, teaching them the fundamentals of good writing, and helping them to develop their own creative voice."

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Explore language, identity and society

The New Media Literacy module introduces the language of various online forums, discussing how language constructs social issues, such as sexism, racism, body image and immigration. You'll analyse language in forums by participating in debates, becoming an informed and eloquent graduate.

Learn through workshops

Develop your skills beyond lectures through workshops. Train with voice coaches such as Jacquie Crago (voice coach for Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre’s War Horse), develop improvisation techniques with motivational speaker Alex Steele and as a writer, see your work performed at a reading by professional theatre actors.

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Learn from award-winning writers

You'll be taught by award-winning writers such as Tyler Keevil, winner of the Journey Prize and the People’s Choice 2014 Wales Book of the Year Award.

Contact us

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