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Plymouth University

English and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: WQ83
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Subjects
  • English studies
  • Imaginative writing
Student score
82% MED
86% MED
% employed or in further study
90% LOW
84% LOW
Average graduate salary
£15k LOW
£13.1k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

120 points, minimum of 2 A Levels including A level English Language, Literature or Creative Writing at Grade B. English at grade B.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

120 tariff points, including English

BTEC Diploma
MMD

120 UCAS Points

International Baccalaureate
28

A total of 28 points overall including three subjects at higher level and English at grade 6 at Higher Level.

UCAS tariff points
120

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

91%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£9,250

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Choose from a wide variety of specialist modules, including period and cultural studies and creative writing. Receive free set texts for all core modules throughout the three years. Benefit from assessment through coursework, with no written exams. Boost your career prospects by working with a publishing house, literary agent, arts organisation or magazine on our work-based learning module or extra-curricular internships. Make use of our open-door policy and talk to your lecturers in a friendly and supportive learning environment. Learn from internationally recognised research-active staff, including published creative writers. Experience other cultures by studying or working abroad in either Europe or the US. Write and be published as part of INK, the English and Creative Writing student-run magazine. Access resources at any time with the University library, open 24 hrs 365 days a year, offering a vast range of electronic and print materials, including a rare books collection. Make the most of a rich cultural life with Plymouth Universityâ??s Peninsula Arts programme and the Universityâ??s links with local arts organisations, like the Theatre Royal. To complement your formal learning we offer regular PALS sessions that provide the opportunity for you to learn with and from your peers. Share knowledge, discuss ideas, and ask questions in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Modules

Modules include: Critical theory; journeys into literature: the odyssey and beyond; the craft of writing; writing the modern world, 1600-1700; writing the modern world, 1700-1800; dramatic writing; fourth genre: creative nonfiction into the 21st century; romanticism; victorian literature and culture; contemporary poetry; project in creative writing; modernism; the short story.

Plymouth University

Roland Levinsky building

Plymouth is a top 50 UK research institution with genuine clusters of world class expertise across areas as diverse as marine science and engineering, medicine, robotics and psychology. With 21,000 students and a further 17,000 studying University of Plymouth awards at partner colleges, it is one of largest higher education providers in the country, and has a strong track record in teaching with one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
27%
73%

Year 1

24%
76%

Year 2

19%
81%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
73%
27%

Year 1

97%
3%

Year 2

98%
2%

Year 3

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 91%
Student score 82% MED
Able to access IT resources

89%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

93%

Feedback on work has been helpful

82%

Feedback on work has been prompt

88%

Staff are good at explaining things

96%

Received sufficient advice and support

86%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
2% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
79% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
316 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
6% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 90% LOW
Average graduate salary £15k LOW
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

9%

Graduates who are other administrative occupations

8%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

12%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2012, more than 12,000 students graduated with English degrees. 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 as a doctor or nuclear physicist. There isn't a lot of difference in terms of outcomes between taking English language or English literature, so choose the one that suits you and don't worry about whether one is more likely to get you the job you want than the other. About one in five English graduates went into further study last year, and apart from further degrees in English, graduates were also likely to go onto teaching, law or publishing. All in all it's a flexible option – some even changed career direction entirely and took postgraduate courses in subjects like nursing or maths.
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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 95%
Student score 86% MED
Able to access IT resources

95%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

95%

Feedback on work has been helpful

86%

Feedback on work has been prompt

86%

Staff are good at explaining things

95%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
3% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
64% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
10% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
309 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
83% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
16% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 84% LOW
Average graduate salary £13.1k LOW
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

9%

Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals

9%

Graduates who are secretarial and related occupations

6%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
It's been a difficult recession for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. This should get better as the economy improves. 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 and advertising. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' - having several part-time jobs or commissions at once.
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