English and Creative Writing

​Thinking about studying an English degree at university?

Studying a degree in English will allow you to refine your skills in reading, writing and help you find your creative voice. An english degree will prepare you for future employment and provide an opportunity to gain in depth experience of working in either a paid or voluntary capacity in either the UK, or abroad.

Why choose the University of Gloucestershire for your undergraduate degree in English?

We offer a range of flexible English undergraduate courses where you can study your own blend of topics including; Creative Writing, English Literature, English Language and practical communication. 

We teach small classes in a warm, friendly environment and you will have your own personal tutor and one-to-one help with essay writing. 

There are opportunities for Internships, creative projects and communication workshops to gain skills and build your CV and a great range of theatre and field trips in the UK and abroad.

Our degrees

We offer the following ba english degree courses;

BA Creative Writing - Our creative writing courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction according to the Complete University Guide 2020.

BA English – Learn the power and magic of literature and language taught by professional authors.

BA English and Creative Writing - You can follow your passions by focusing on writing prose, plays, or poetry and publish your work in our student anthology.

BA English Literature and Creative Writing - Pursue your passion for story, literature and creativity, immersing yourself in great literary works while developing your own creative writing skills.

BA English subjects

Literature: Explore the greatest works ever written in English, from traditional classics to transgressive contemporary works that shake the foundations of our society. The course has options to study literature from the 18th to the 21st century including myths and legends, crime fiction, travel writing, drama, poetry, postcolonial literature, American and Irish writing.

Language: Explore the workings and history of the English language, and how it shapes identities and the world around us. There are options to study language acquisition, language history, structure, dialects, sociolinguistics and ecolinguistics, and apply them to gain insights into gender, race, media and society.

Practical communication: Learn the language of leadership by gaining confidence and skills in inspirational speaking, persuasive writing, active listening, constructive criticism, visual design and ethical argumentation. These skills will provide a foundation for life and employment and give you the power to shape society.

Creative Writing: Be mentored by professional authors who will help you find your creative voice. See your work performed by actors in a staged reading, and get published in our student-led magazine, Show Don’t Tell, as well as our annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series. From poetry and playwriting to short stories and novels, you’ll focus on your existing creative passions and experiment with a wide range of styles, modes, and genres.

BA English course details

Our BA English honours programme is primarily taught in small group seminars where students are actively involved in discussions and class activities. Assessment is entirely by coursework and consists of essays, a 9000 word dissertation, and some creative tasks such as designing posters or making digital stories.

BA Creative Writing course details

On our BA Creative Writing degree you’ll explore the fundamentals of prose, poetry and dramatic writing, before pursuing your chosen strand, or strands if you’re keen to combine a mix of creative areas.

You’ll learn from award-winning lecturers who specialise in a variety of genres, including transgressive writing, confessional poetry, sci-fi, horror, and speculative fiction. Students read at open mic nights, see their plays performed by professional actors, and submit to our novel writing contest.

The professional focus of your final year will prepare you for your career in the creative industries. You’ll meet with established authors, agents, and editors, and learn about the publishing industry including composing your writer’s biography and learning how to submit your work to relevant magazines and markets.