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University of Central Lancashire

English Language and Creative Writing (Foundation Entry)

UCAS Code: 5L69

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

Entry requirements


72 UCAS points at A2

72 UCAS points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Maths and English or equivalent. Equivalent qualifications are Functional Skills Level 2 in Maths and English or Level 3 Key Skills in Maths and Communication.

Pass IB Diploma including 72 UCAS points from Higher Level subjects

72 UCAS points

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

DM

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma

DM

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma

MMP

72 UCAS points

72 UCAS points

UCAS Tariff

72
50%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Creative writing

English language

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Fancy yourself as the next J K Rowling or E L James? Develop the tricks and techniques to produce short stories, poetry and play scripts as you learn to dissect, criticise and even perform writing. Boost your skills as a writer in a variety of genres including fiction, drama, poetry and creative non-fiction. As a result, you'll be able to produce descriptive and accurate pieces of creative writing, which will help you in your career as a professional writer.

A key feature of our BA in English Language and Creative Writing is choice. On the Language side, whether you are interested in language structure (syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology), how language varies according to user and context, or the teaching of language, our programme will have modules suited to you. Alongside an exciting range of modules, relating to language acquisition and change, language and gender, political discourse and argumentation, forensic linguistics, literary linguistics and psycholinguistics, we have an integrated programme of study aimed at enhancing your proficiency in written English. Alternatively, you could choose to specialise in the related areas of media, forensic and political discourse, or the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language by choosing syntax, phonology and morphology.

On the Creative Writing side, students can develop their writing in a range of genres, including short stories, poetry, plays and radio and film scripts. Our students are encouraged to develop and reflect on their own creative process and to enrich their understanding of the journey from initial idea to finished piece of writing. We strive for our graduates to be competent both in their use and knowledge of English, in such a way that they can pass on such knowledge to others. Certain modules are designed to enhance verbal and written communication skills whilst simultaneously enhancing employability. Students also get the chance to learn about careers in writing and the book trade from guest authors, literary agents, editors and publishers.

Modules

Year 1: Essential Study Skills for Higher Education, Developing Academic Knowledge, Introduction to English Language and Linguistics, Introduction to Literature, Introduction to Creative Writing, Skills for Language Students, Foundation in TESOL, Extended Course Essay

Year 2: English Language Workshop (Employability skills; Study/Academic Writing skills), Analysing Texts, Introduction to English Syntax and Phonology, Introduction to Creative Writing, Writing Identities, Plus a free choice elective which may include an English Literature, an American Literature or language module.

Year 3: Academic Writing and Graduate Development, Exploring Genre, Writing Adaptations, Plus a choice of English Language and Creative Writing modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies): Inside English Words (Phonology and Morphology I), Language, Mind and Brain, Foundations of English Grammar, Sociolinguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics, Accents and Dialects, Child Language Acquisition, Framing the News, Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults

Year 4: Dissertation (in either English Language or Creative Writing), Advanced Creative Writing Workshop, Plus a choice of English Language and Creative Writing Modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies): Inside English Words (Phonology and Morphology), Clinical Linguistics, Discourse and Argumentation, Advanced Pragmatics, English in Education, Power in Talk, Forensic Linguistics, Life-Writing and Autobiography, Otherworlds: Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£5,500
per year
England
£5,500
per year
EU
£5,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,500
per year
Scotland
£5,500
per year
Wales
£5,500
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Central Lancashire

Department:

School of Humanities and the Social Sciences

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.

75%
low
Creative writing
81%
med
English language

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

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
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

91%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
50%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
77%
Male students
23%
Female students
89%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
A
339

English studies

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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
87%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
69%
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?

57%
UK students
43%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
46%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B
316

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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Caring personal services
9%
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.

£18,200
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
96%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

10%
Other elementary services occupations
9%
Caring personal services
9%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
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.

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.

£12k

£12k

£17k

£17k

£18k

£18k

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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Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

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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Graduate field commentary:

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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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