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English and Creative Writing

BA (Hons)

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What is English and Creative Writing BA (Hons)?

Get the best out of your creative and critical writing with award-winning writers and exciting guest workshops. This flexible degree allows you to create your own blend of English Language, Literature and Creative Writing to explore the world around you and find your creative voice.

Follow your interests by focusing on writing prose, plays, or poetry and publishing your work in our student anthology. The English Language side of the degree explores how language shapes identities and societies and is designed to provide specific tools for your own writing, giving you the power to re-shape self and society. You can also take English Literature modules to gain a deep understanding of a range of genres such as crime fiction, travel writing, postcolonial writing, and modern drama.

Study style

The course is assessed entirely by coursework and taught in interactive seminars, lectures and writing workshops – taught in small groups by published academics and professional authors. In lectures and seminars you’ll gain a detailed understanding of linguistic and literary techniques behind great writing. In workshops you’ll work with staff and other students to develop your own stories, plays, novels and poems.

As one of our writers, you’ll also have the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the Everyman Theatre, and see your work performed by actors in a staged reading. We’re a close-knit community and our students benefit from a high level of support, with one-to-one tutorials always available. Professors Arran Stibbe and Nigel McLoughlin have both received the top National Teaching Fellowship award for teaching excellence.

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Entry requirements

Clearing 2021

We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don’t meet the entry requirements specified in the boxes below. Call us on 03330 432 414 to find out more and discuss your options.

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants though the entry requirements still apply.

      Some courses require several years of working experiences in the relevant industry.

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

Course modules


Fees and costs

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Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2022 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Author
  • Teacher
  • Business Leader
  • Playwright
  • Journalist
  • Marketer
  • Researcher
  • Communications Professional
  • Publisher.

Industry links

Cheltenham is home to The Times & The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival. You can get involved in a number of activities around the event. Students have performed their work, interviewed contributors, reviewed events and been volunteers. There’s also the renowned Poetry Festival which offers internships to students to help organise the festival and perform their poetry.

In your final year, you can learn about the publishing industry and how to submit your work to professional magazines and markets. Uniquely, this course includes optional practical communication modules where you can gain leadership skills in inspirational speaking, persuasive writing, active listening, visual design and ethical argumentation. These skills will provide a foundation for life and employment.

Take part in literature festivals

Cheltenham is a centre of creativity and home to around 50 festivals a year. These include the world-renowned Cheltenham Literature Festival and Poetry Festival – where you’ll have opportunities to perform your work.

Man reading poetry into a microphone for audience

Take part in practical workshops

Hone your speaking and writing skills through taking part in a wide range of practical workshops such as storytelling, voice training, presentation skills, comedy improvisation, nature poetry writing or parachute teamwork games.

Students on the Creative and Critical Writing course discussing a book

Be taught by published writers

You’ll learn award-winning authors and academics including Professor Arran Stibbe whose work explores how language shapes identities and society – as well as prize-winning poet Nigel McLoughlin, author of Postfeminism(s) and the Arrival of the Fourth Wave Dr Nicola Rivers, and Professor John Hughes, author of Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s.

Lecturer Arran Stibbe on campus
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English and Creative Writing - Value Added - Guardian University Guide 2021

Our courses in English and Creative Writing rank in the UK top 10 for value added, according to the Guardian University Guide 2021.

Trips and experiences

You’ll be able to participate in a range of trips, workshops and events, including international field trips, theatre visits to London and Stratford, open mic nights and improvisation comedy workshops.

Cheltenham has a vibrant cultural life which includes the famous Cheltenham Literature Festival, Poetry Festival, the Everyman Theatre, and the Playhouse. 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.

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