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Aberystwyth University

English Literature and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: QW38

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

To include B in an English related A Level subject

Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-28

with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

With a specified subject

UCAS Tariff

120-104

To include B in an English related A Level subject

Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Creative writing

English literature

In choosing Aberystwyth University's innovative English and Creative Writing degree you will have the opportunity to develop both your creative and critical writing skills. This course is taught by distinguished, practising writers. You will find this English and Creative Writing degree both challenging and rewarding.

By studying various genres and styles, writing forms and techniques, you will develop a range of competencies and capabilities, skills and attributes that are widely sought by employers.We are ranked in the the **top 10** for English student satisfaction in the recent national student survey (NSS, 2017). You will be taught by staff who are distinguished practising writers and published authors across a broad spectrum of literary fields.

You will be encouraged to develop your creative and critical writing skills. You will expand your range and capabilities as a writer to enable you to work confidently in a variety of forms and genres. We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship.You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematize the ways we read. In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK.

The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved. As a student in the department of English Literature and Creative Writing, you will have the opportunity to undertake a study abroad placement in one of many partnered Universities across Europe and the rest of the World or complete a year in industry (YES) and develop the skills and contact leads that will give you the head start in the competitive job market.

A degree in English Literature is the “gold standard” for any employment setting where communication is valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies. Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

+ Broadcasting;

+ Journalism;

+ Advertising;

+ Publishing;

+ Education;

+ Civil Service;

+ Business;

+ Finance;

+ New Media.

Modules

This degree is based on our strongly held belief that in order to become a really great writer you need to be a good reader. You will develop advanced skills in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, you will encounter texts from a range of historical periods and genres. Throughout the course you will use your knowledge of literature and textual production in your own creative work, exploring the relationship between creative and critical practice. Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in reading and writing and to nurture your personal and intellectual development. You will be assessed through portfolios of your creative work, critical commentaries, essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£9,000
per year
International
£13,600
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of English and Creative Writing

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
high
Creative writing
89%
high
English literature

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
98%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

94%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

79%
UK students
21%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

98%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
90%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

96%
Library resources
98%
IT resources
98%
Course specific equipment and facilities
93%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

85%
UK students
15%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Creative writing

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£16,000
low
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative writing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

English literature

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£19k

£19k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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