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BA (Hons) English Literature (Creative Writing)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Each year, there are many students who complete the BA (Hons) English Literature course who go on to either secure a teaching placement locally or study a variety of postgraduate courses.

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

  • Teaching
  • Copy Writing
  • Editing and Proofing
  • Librarianship Typesetting
  • Creative and Professional Writing
  • Writing for the Games Industry
  • Journalism / Publishing

Who is it for?

Are you creative with words? Do you write poetry or fiction? Do you want to develop and hone your talent as a creative writer? If so, our BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing degree might be the course for you.

In your first year, you will be introduced to the key skills that have traditionally underpinned creative writing such as creative practices, critical writing, narrative and characterization as well as studying the literary modules.

In your second year, you will build on this knowledge with a set of modules that work across genres and draw on a range of competencies, as well as introduce you to the skills needed to succeed as a creative practitioner.
In your final year, you will become more commercially aware, with employability a consistent factor. The focus, therefore, moves from introducing key concepts and skills to applying knowledge, know-how and career-focused ambitions through modules such as Publishing in Practice and Working in English, Film and Media.
Peterborough has a lively literary culture and is a centre for poetry of the spoken word. It has a poet laureate and an established literary festival making it a great place to study creative writing.
The degree runs an annual Literary Festival featuring established authors and poets. These popular events are free for students and members of the public to attend.
The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

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What is covered?

YEAR 1 - Level 4

  • Writing Matters: Academic and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing 1: Writing Prose (15 credits)
  • Dead Heroes Society: Tragedy (15 credits)
  • Contexts and Canons: Murakami to Blake (15 credits)
  • Approaching Criticism (15 credits)
  • Contexts and Canons: Equiano to Chaucer (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Creative Writing 2: Writing Poetry (15 credits)
  • 20th Century Practitioners (15 credits)

YEAR 2 - Level 5

  • Shortcuts: Writing Short Fiction (15 credits)
  • Writing WW1: Memory and Forgetting (15 credits)
  • The Image: Exploring Visual Literacy in Media, Culture and Literature (15 credits)
  • Stranger on the Shore: Placing the Postcolonial (15 credits)
  • Preparing for Employment: Research and Employability (15 credits)
  • Shakespeare Unstuck (15 credits)
  • Writing for Newspapers and Magazines (15 credits)
  • Vampires, Virgins and Villains: Reading the Gothic (15 credits)

YEAR 3 - Level 6

  • Undergraduate Major Project (30 credits)
  • Decade: The Literature of the 1950s (15 credits)
  • Publishing in Practice (15 credits)
  • Adaptations and Afterlives (15 credits)
  • Working in English, Film and Media (15 credits)
  • Neverland to Wonderland: Explorations in Children’s Literature (15 credits)
  • Reading the Now: Contemporary Literature (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

88 UCAS Points from a related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

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The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.For further financial support check your eligibility for the Malcom Bradbury Bursery.

Full-time: 3 years (2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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