Creative Writing and English Literature, BA Hons

This degree allows you to combine studies in English literature and creative writing in order to develop an understanding of literary texts through both study and practice. The English literature component of the degree emphasises literature since 1800, and interprets 'English literature' broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art and theatre. The courses look at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received. The creative writing component of the programme gives you the opportunity to explore fiction, poetry, performance writing, playwriting, and screenwriting. Assessment consists of portfolios read more

Overview

Overview

This degree allows you to combine studies in English literature and creative writing in order to develop an understanding of literary texts through both study and practice.

The English literature component of the degree emphasises literature since 1800, and interprets 'English literature' broadly to include drama and visual narratives as well as fiction and poetry, visual art and theatre. The courses look at the historical, social and cultural contexts in which texts are produced and received.

The creative writing component of the programme gives you the opportunity to explore fiction, poetry, performance writing, playwriting, and screenwriting. Assessment consists of portfolios of work produced each term, alongside journals and reflective essays, during which you will reflect on the development of your writing process.

The aims of the programme are:

  • To develop your fundamental writing skills in a range of disciplines, while allowing specialisation through a choice of options
  • To provide a grounding in English literature from the Renaissance to the present day
  • To enable you to undertake research and develop the skills to critically evaluate texts and contexts.

What you'll study

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Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

112 UCAS points, which should include at least 96 points from A2 A-levels. 

You'll also need GCSEs at grade C or above in English and mathematics. 

We also accept alternative qualifications including:

  • BTEC/National Diploma
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Scottish Highers 
  • Irish Highers.

General studies is not normally accepted.

For more information, contact courseinfo@greenwich.ac.uk or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non-UK educational background:

Further to showing equivalent qualifications to UK applicants, international applicants must have successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education, and demonstrated competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C). 

If you were educated in a language other than English and/or in a country where English speakers are in a minority, you should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill) or equivalent. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK, your score must be from a UK Visas and Immigration approved IELTS test.

For more information, contact international@gre.ac.uk or +44 20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Candidates may be invited to an interview
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

Extra information

Assessment

Students are assessed through examinations and coursework, including: 

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Textual analyses
  • Critical reviews
  • Portfolios of creative writing
  • Course journals
  • Research projects 
  • Annotated bibliographies.

Careers

You may choose to pursue a career in research, journalism, publishing, the media or arts administration, or central or local government. You may even become a professional writer. There is also the option to continue your education and writing, or move into teaching or social work, by studying for a postgraduate qualification.

Fees and finance

Your time at university should be enjoyable and rewarding, and it is important that it is not spoilt by unnecessary financial worries. We recommend that you spend time planning your finances, both before coming to university and while you are here. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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