English Literature and Creative Writing (BA Hons)

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Full-Time or Part-Time


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Integrated Foundation Stage)


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

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English Literature and Creative Writing (BA Hons)

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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.  

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.

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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.

Course modules

You'll study a variety of modules from 'Crime Fiction' to 'Myth and Folk Tales'.

Take a look at the course content for full details of all the modules you'll study on this course.

Entry requirements

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We may be able to offer you a place on this course, even if you don't meet the entry requirements specified in the box below. Call us on 03330 432414 to find out more and discuss your options.

Tariff information for 2020 entry

104 tariff points

Not enough tariff points? This course is available with an integrated foundation stage to help you prepare.

Typical offers

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

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.

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

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please contact our admissions team if you have a question.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BA (Hons) - 3 years full-timeQW38
BA (Hons) - 4 years integrated foundation stageQW39


  • Writer/author
  • Playwright
  • Journalist/reporter
  • Editor
  • Marketer
  • Teacher/lecturer
  • Publisher, Primary
  • Seconary Teacher (upon completion of teacher training)

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.

School of Education and Humanities

Our School of Education and Humanities will help you graduate as a well-rounded, innovative and passionate individual. You will work with experienced practitioners, engage with active researchers and be inspired by published authors.

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