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Glyndwr University, Wrexham

Creative Writing and English

UCAS Code: WQ83

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Accepted alongside A-Levels as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

112 UCAS Tariff points from International Baccalaureate Certificates

112 UCAS Tariff points

Accepted alongside Irish Leaving Certificate Higher Level as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff requirement.

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

DMM

112 UCAS Tariff points

112 UCAS Tariff points

UCAS Tariff

112

Accepted as part of overall 112 UCAS Tariff point requirement.

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Creative writing

English literature

Our BA Hons Creative Writing and English degree provides students with the opportunity to study a range of genres and styles of literary texts, within a broad range of historical periods in order to give you an understanding of how literature is a product of culture and the way it has developed over time.

The programme:

provides the experience of writing practice as well as engagement with the processes of textual production undertaken by existing writers
equips you with essential skills, qualifications and experience to start a career in a wide range of professions

Students will:

acquire knowledge of critical theoretical approaches together with the skills of analytical thinking
learn that composition is closely related to drafting, editing and polishing and the work you do will lead to the completion and evaluation of a finished product
develop and demonstrate analytical skills through the essay form and your own practice
develop a good understanding of industry practice and benefit from Glyndwr’s memorandum of agreement with Literature Wales

Modules

YEAR 1 (LEVEL 4)

In your first year, you will study introductory modules which are designed to provide skills for studying at university within the fields of English and Creative Writing. You will engage creatively and imaginatively with existing models and produce your own original writing.

MODULES

Introduction to Genre – Core (20 credits)
Introduction to Creative Writing – Core (20 credits)
Life Writing – Option (20 credits)
Personal, Professional and Academic Skills – Core (20 credits)
Critical Thinking – Core (20 credits)
Introduction to Writing For Children – Option (20 credits)
The Language of Creative Writing – Core (20 credits)
Text to Screen - Option (20 credits)

All 20 credit level 4 modules will have 36 hours of scheduled teaching and 164 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by a 4000-word portfolio or the equivalent coursework.

YEAR 2 (LEVEL 5)

You will further develop skills of close reading and analysis. You will practise a number of different kinds of writing and develop a sophisticated use of language, apply research and bibliographic skills when required and reflect critically on your own creative practice. You will develop a comprehensive understanding of principal literary genres including prose, poetry and drama and writing for various media including film, radio and stage.

MODULES

Romantic and Victorian Writing – Core (20 credits)
Creative Writing For Adults -Option (20 credits)
Writing Historical Fiction - Option (20 credits)
The Short Story – Option (20 credits)
Experimental Writing – Core (20 Credits)
Writing Crime Fiction and Thrillers – Option (20 credits)
Independent Project – Option (20 credits)
Research Methods – Core (20 credits)

All 20 credit level 5 Creative Writing modules will have 30 hours of scheduled teaching and 170 hours of guided independent study and will be assessed by 4000 words of written work or a presentation and 2000 word proposal in the case of the Research Methods module. The two core English modules in semester 1 Romantic and Victorian Writing and Experimental Writing will be assessed by a 2-hour exam and 2,000-word piece of coursework.

YEAR 3 (LEVEL 6)

In your third year you will further develop your understanding of the technical requirements of a number of forms of writing; develop an understanding of editorial processes and approaches; continue to experience a range of forms of writing and develop a grasp of literary history and critical approaches.

MODULES

Dissertation - Option (40 credits)
The Extended Project – Core (40 credits)
The Contemporary Novel – Option (20 credits)
Shakespeare – Option (20 credits)
Writing For Children (Extended Practice) – Option (20 credits)
Science Fiction - Option (20 credits)
Post War Writing – Option (20 credits)
The Graphic Novel - Option (20 credits)
Gender, Sexuality and Writing – Option (20 credits)

All 20 credit level 6 modules will have 24 hours of scheduled teaching and 174 hours of guided independent study and the allocation is doubled for the 40 credit modules. All 20 credit modules will be assessed by a portfolio of work or a project equivalent to 4000 words. The 40 credit Extended Project and the dissertation will be assessed by 8,000 word projects. The Shakespeare module is assessed by 4000 words of coursework and Post War Writing and The Contemporary Novel are assessed by a 2 hour exam and 2000 words of coursework.

The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Coursework is the most important kind of assessment in the disciplines of English and Creative Writing. English assignments will be analytical and for Creative Writing it is the quality of the final written product that counts, in terms of creativity, originality, and technical proficiency in the use of language. In addition, you will be expected to show accompanying evidence of creative and technical processes, knowledge of reader or client considerations as well as self-critical reflection at various stages of the writing process. The majority of assessment will take the form of portfolios of finished written products, accompanied by critical and discursive accounts of the practices and processes leading to the final submission of written work.

All teaching methods are designed to focus your attention on your own creative and technical development as a writer, to develop skills and confidence in critical reflection as a basis for improving drafts, and breadth of expertise as a producer as well as critic of literature and text in general.

Within the text-focussed modules the aim is to develop your knowledge, analytical capability, research skills, and confidence in your own writing. The lecture provides subject knowledge, critical approaches to interpretation of literary texts and guidance for discussion and development of different writing styles. The content of lectures and seminars are determined by the module level, with level 4 modules being largely introductory while modules at levels 5 and 6 will be focussed on more in-depth studies of authors and literary periods. The level 4 module Personal, Professional and Academic Skills provides you with a variety of skills and approaches to enable you to become effective learners and which prepares you for your subject studies.

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
£11,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Wrexham

Department:

School of the Creative Arts

TEF rating:

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How do students rate their degree experience?

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English studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
D

After graduation


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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.

£15,600
low
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
95%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Design occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

87%
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Employed or in further education
100%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

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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.

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