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Liverpool John Moores University

English Literature and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: WQ83

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C

Minimum number of A Levels required: 2 •Subject specific requirements: Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature •Is general studies acceptable? Yes •Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications •Average A Level offer: BCC •Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

Access to HE Diploma

D:9,M:36

At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 IB Diploma Points, to include Grade 5 in a ‘Language A’ subject at Higher Level in ‘Studies in language and literature’

104 UCAS Tariff points with a maximum 20 UCAS Tariff points from Ordinary Level

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

DMM

To the total of 104 UCAS points when combined with minimum Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature

UCAS Tariff

104

All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:A real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We'll be looking for evidence that you've read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures. The ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way. You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio. You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Creative writing

English studies

The BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to develop your writing skills with professional guidance and peer support from practicing writers, publishers and agents.

- Professional guidance and peer review to help you develop your work to publishable standard
- Regular literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work
- Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales
- Our acclaimed Writer at Work module provides an opportunity for you to pursue a work-based project

Modules

Level 4

English:
•Literary & Cultural Theory
•Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
•Reading English

Creative Writing:
•Introduction to Writing
•Introduction to Screenwriting
•Consuming Passions
•Narrative
•Digital Writing

Level 5

English:

The following options are typically offered:
•Adolescence & Writing
•American Spaces
•Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature & Culture
•Cultures of Childhood
•Modernism & Modernity
•Poetry Matters
•Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
•Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession c. 1700-1900
•Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction, and Representation
•Work Experience Modules, including Working in the USA and International Experience

Creative Writing:

The following options are typically offered:
•Poetry Writing Workshops
•Prose Fiction Workshops
•Screen Story: Structure and Short Film Writing
•Screenplay and Treatment
•Fantastic Worlds
•Approaching your Novel

Level 6

English:

The following options are typically offered:
•Genres of Travel
•Locating Madness
•Our House: Representing Domestic Space
•Post-Millennial British Fiction
•Race in America
•Remembering and Forgetting: Slaves, Soldiers, Suffragettes
•Representing Masculinities
•Shakespeare
•Terrorism and Modern Literature
•Tales of the Market: Capitalism & Critique
•Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
•Vamps & Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction, 1839-2005

Creative Writing:

The following options are typically offered:
•Advanced Poetry Writing
•Prose Portfolio
•Advanced Screenwriting
•Screenplay Portfolio
•The Writer at Work

Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Assessment methods

We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods.

All assessment in Creative Writing is by coursework and includes a creative portfolio (about 50% of the marks), plus class contributions, essays, treatments, pitches, learning logs, journals, peer critique, projects, commentaries, group work and presentations.

You will normally be given two or three different assessment tasks per module. Once you reach your final year, your creative work or project will account for 75% of the course, and the remaining 25% will take the form of a plan or commentary.

In English, assessments include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In your final year, you can even choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay in some modules.

Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback but for assessments we aim to give you this within 21 days of submitting a piece of work. You will have opportunities to discuss feedback with your personal tutor and course lecturers; this is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Tuition fees

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

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

The Uni


Course location:

Liverpool John Moores University

Department:

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies

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.

79%
med
Creative writing
84%
med
English studies

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

86%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
77%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
87%
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

76%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B
341

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
93%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
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

85%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C
324

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.

£20,000
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Average annual salary
90%
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Employed or in further education
86%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Customer service 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 (non-specific)

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
95%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

12%
Other administrative occupations
7%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
7%
Secretarial and related occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

What about your long term prospects?

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

Language and area studies

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

£17k

£17k

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

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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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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