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University of Portsmouth

English and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: QW38

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

Entry requirements


104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including English at grade C.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (relevant subject).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44, to include a Principal Subject in Literature in English at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from Higher Level English.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

To include Higher Level English at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English Qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.

104-112 Tariff points, including English at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from A level English. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

94%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subjects

Creative writing

English literature

**Overview**
Do you see yourself as the next JK Rowling? Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

**What you'll experience**
On this English and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:
- Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving

- Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing

- Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions

- Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog

- Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:
- creative writing (prose, poetry, script)

- copywriting

- publishing

- advertising and marketing

- arts and events management

- local and community broadcasting

- teaching

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- editor

- publishing assistant

- copywriter

- information abstractor

- narrator

- projects administrator

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

Modules

Your first year explores the beginnings of storytelling itself. You’ll learn the techniques of myth and epic poetry and use ancient tricks to create your own new work. This is the start of your training in the skills and techniques you’ll be using throughout your course. The second year allows you to start to specialise in the areas that interest you most. Choose to focus on specific writing forms such as prose, scripts or poetry and also spotlight on certain topics. The final year allows you to put into practice your creative work as you become a specialist writer in prose, poetry or philosophical modes. Depending on your interests, you also have the choice between a dissertation, a writing project or undertaking a special exercise that boosts your professional writing skills.

Assessment methods

Assessment takes many forms on the course enabling you to demonstrate the variety of your skills and talents. We assess your work through a variety of short stories, a novel in progress, a screenplay, a collection of poems, a video production, presentations, reports, a research portfolio, examinations and a dissertation/project.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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.

65%
low
Creative writing
79%
med
English literature

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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
73%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

89%
Library resources
96%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
48%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

92%
UK students
8%
International students
31%
Male students
69%
Female students
77%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

83%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
81%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Media professionals
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
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.

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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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.

English literature

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

£19k

£19k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

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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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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