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University of Salford

English and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: QW38

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

Entry requirements


104 - 120 UCAS tariff points to be obtained from a minimum of 2 A-Levels or equivalent. Must include Grade C or above in a Humanities subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject. General studies accepted alongside 2 other A Levels.

AS Levels are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points in a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Humanities & Social Science, Creative Writing & Media, Humanities & Careers in Education, Teacher Training

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points in a Humanities based subject

Extended Project Qualifications are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C/4 or above in GCSE Maths and English required

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30-31

Must include a Humanities based subject.

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Must include Grade C or equivalent in a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points in combination with other Level 3 qualifications

BTEC Level 3 National Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

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

DMM

Must include a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject

BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diplomas are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Must include Grade C in a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject

104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points. Must include Grade C in a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject

UCAS Tariff

104-120

To be obtained from a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent. Must include a Humanities based subject; English Language, English Literature, Archaeology, Classical Civilisation, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking, Drama, Performing Arts, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Media Studies, History, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies, Government and Politics or a Language subject.

Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificates are accepted in combination with other Level 3 Qualifications including A Levels, AS Levels and BTECs to achieve 104 - 120 UCAS Tariff Points

95%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subjects

Creative writing

English studies

The written word enters every part of our lives, from novels to text messages. Worldwide, multi-billion pound industries depend upon new voices and fresh perspectives to form the books and films of tomorrow.

Creative writers need to be skilled in the art of imaginative expression, but they also need to understand how literature works and to learn from what has been done before. The creative writing portion of your course will teach you how to present creative work to a professional standard. You will learn editing techniques, how to research a story and how to turn life experiences into gripping reading. You will have the opportunity to specialise in genres including writing for young adults, visual text (such as graphic novels), innovative poetry, and writing for theatre or TV.

The English portion will equip you with the key skills and analytical tools needed for literary study. It will encourage you to explore social and cultural issues raised in a range of literary works, serving to feed and inspire your creative writing and make it strong, rigorous and exciting.

We have strong links with industry professionals and a history of student success in publishing their work. Graduates from this course have progressed on to a number of career paths including publishing, journalism, teaching, community arts work and freelance writing as well as further postgraduate study.

Modules

YEAR 1:

This year serves as an introduction to the study of English literature and creative writing at university level. You will be taught to analyse texts from a variety of genres and to use a range of literary and theoretical concepts, and to discuss and reflect critically upon your creative products and processes.

YEAR 2:

In this year you will develop your writing skills through more focused engagement in particular specialisms supported by a wide range of reading in contemporary and earlier literature. You also have the opportunity to participate in European exchanges. All modules are optional, meaning that there are no compulsory choices, but you must choose three Creative Writing modules and three English Literature ones.

YEAR 3:

Year 3 modules encourage you to develop independence of mind in critically assessing secondary and theoretical sources. You will further develop your study and presentational skills, researching topics independently and presenting work professionally. Creative writing modules encourage a higher degree of independence and specialisation in one or two chosen areas. You will be able to write confidently in these areas with a developed ability to discuss your own work and that of others, and to develop and express a critical understanding of the intentions and achievements of your written projects.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts and Media

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.

73%
low
Creative writing
83%
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

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
78%
Staff are good at explaining things
79%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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
84%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
16%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

92%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
82%
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
93%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
81%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
34%
Male students
66%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
17%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

£16,316
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Other elementary services 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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

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.

£13k

£13k

£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.

English 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

£20k

£20k

£19k

£19k

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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