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University of Gloucestershire
Undergraduate

English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
3 Years
Campus
Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
QW38

Course overview

Our English studies courses are ranked 9th in the UK for academic support according to the National Student Survey 2023, and 11th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

Our English Literature and Creative Writing degree will enable you to deepen your understanding of literary texts while also developing your own creative writing skills. This well-balanced course enables you to immerse yourself in the study of prose, poetry and drama from a variety of periods, while at the same honing your own writing craft in practical seminars, lectures and workshops.

We’re a closely knit community where students receive personal attention and help with their individual development, and all our teaching staff are practicing, published writers and academics.

You’ll see your work performed by actors in a staged reading, and get published in our annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series, which is produced by our MA writers on our UoG Anthology website.

As well as helping you to become a better writer, this degree will equip you with a range of skills and experiences you can take into any workplace that values communication, creativity, critical thinking skills and teamwork.

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 like genre and crime fiction, sci-fi, autobiography and American literature.

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 research-active academics. 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.

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Entry requirements

    • This course is available with an additional integrated foundation year. This four year option has lower entry requirements – see below – than the other study type/s available.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      GCSEs
      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

      To apply for the integrated foundation year degree, select the ‘With foundation year’ option from the study types listed at the top of this page before clicking ‘Apply’.

      See course overview for more information about the interated foundation year option.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. We accept Access to Higher Education Diplomas and make offers on an individual basis.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

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Sep 2024 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham QW38 £9,250 £16,600
Sep 2025 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham QW38 TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply**

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Careers

Humanities degrees, such as English Literature and Creative Writing, are extremely versatile when it comes to your future career. 80% of graduate employers do not have a requirement for any particular course, so your studies will give you access to very diverse industries.

We will give you extensive support to help you access graduate recruitment schemes, further education or your very first job. We will help you to design a career plan and to put in place steps to execute it.

Some of the more typical careers for our graduates include becoming a writer, playwright, journalist, editor, marketer, content writer and others. You could also go into teaching, or industries such as publishing, PR, even games writing, as well as freelance work for those students with an entrepreneurial streak.

Whatever your ambitions are, we will work closely with you to help you realise them and put your degree to best use.

Be taught by published writers

You will learn from published writers, including Dr Michael Johnstone whose fourth novel Disnaeland came out in July 2022, Dr Angela France who has published four poetry collections and whose work has appeared in many anthologies, and Senja Andrejevic whose short stories have appeared in various literary magazines and whose dramatic writing has been produced with funding from Arts Council England.

On the English Literature team, staff include Dr Charlotte Beyer who is the author of three scholarly monographs and author/editor of six collections and Professor Arran Stibbe whose innovative work on ecolinguists is sector-leading.

Take part in an international literature festival

Cheltenham is home to The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can get involved in a number of activities around the event – from interviewing contributors and reviewing events to volunteering and blogging.

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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Ranked 9th in the UK for academic support - NSS, 2023

Our English studies courses were ranked 9th in the UK for academic support according to the National Student Survey 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction

Our English courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for student and teaching satisfaction

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 for student satisfaction and teaching satisfaction by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

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Ranked in the top 20 in the UK for teaching quality

Our English courses are ranked in the top 20 for teaching quality by The Times Good University Guide 2023.

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Ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction

Our creative writing courses are ranked 11th in the UK for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2024.

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Ranked 7th in the UK for career prospects

Our creative writing courses are ranked 7th in the UK for career prospects by the Guardian University Guide 2023.

Placements

Throughout your degree we will provide you with opportunities and encourage you to take advantage of our connections and links with local employers, where work placements and paid internships will help you to develop a range of skills valuable in the workplace. This includes subject-specific placements with the Cheltenham Poetry Festival and Cheltenham Literature Festival.

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