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Birkbeck, University of London

Creative Writing and English

UCAS Code: 4J93

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

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

120

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. Based on your qualifications and experience, you may need to submit 1000 words of creative writing and attend an interview, while some applicants may also be invited to complete a written literature task.

43%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Creative writing

English studies

Have you always wanted to be a writer? Have you got a story to tell but you don't know how to unlock it? Do you want to know more about the craft of writing? Do you want to learn how to read both as a critic and as a writer? If so, this exciting new evening study joint honours degree is ideal. In the heart of literary London, in a building that was once home to Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, you will study with leading academics and celebrated published authors across the fields of fiction, poetry and drama. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of a wide range of literary writing in English, from earliest times to the present day. This degree culminates in the opportunity to develop both extended creative and critical pieces under the guidance of award-winning writers.

Modules

In Year 1, you take two compulsory modules that will introduce you to the basic elements of craft in the writing of prose fiction, drama and poetry. You also take two compulsory English literature modules that will introduce you to some of the major genres and periods of English literature, while developing your skills in understanding and applying a range of critical theories and methods.

In Year 2, you take a compulsory creative writing module that will develop your writing skills in longer-form fiction. You also take a compulsory English literature module that will develop your ability to critically evaluate longer fiction.

All other modules are optional, chosen from a wide range offered across our BA English and our BA Creative Writing programmes. You can also choose option modules on related programmes in the School of Arts, such as our BA Arts and Humanities.

In your final year, you undertake a written project in English literature (a long essay) or an extended writing project in a genre of creative writing.

Year 1:
Critical Foundations;
Doing English;
Introduction to Drama;
Introduction to Fiction;
Introduction to Poetry;
Writing London.

Year 2:
Narrative Methods;
The Novel.

Year 3:
Extended Writing Project;
Project BA English;
The Creative Critical Seam.

Creative writing option modules:
Creative Non-Fiction;
Fiction Workshop: The Contemporary Novel;
Poetry Workshop 1;
Poetry Workshop 2: The Open Page;
Scriptwriting Workshop 1: The Essentials of Stage and Screen (The 30 Minute Script);
Scriptwriting Workshop 2: Writing for the Contemporary Stage;
Scriptwriting Workshop 3: The Radio Drama;
Scriptwriting Workshop 4: The Television Drama (The 60 Minute Script).

English literature option modules:
Benjamin / Barthes;
Blake;
Contemporary British Fiction;
Fin-De-Siecle;
Geoffrey Chaucer;
Gothic Romance 1764-Present;
Milton;
Reading Joyce's Ulysses;
Shakespeare and Performance;
The Creative Critical Seam.

Assessment methods

Creative writing modules are assessed by 100% coursework. This includes short creative projects, essays, presentations, a writer’s notebook, web publishing, and an extended creative work in a specific genre. An extended writing project forms part of the programme in the final year.

English literature modules are assessed by essays, examinations and a range of other exercises, including a project in your final year.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

English and Humanities

TEF rating:

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What students say


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English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
85%
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

93%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
80%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

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