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University of Westminster

Creative Writing and English Language

UCAS Code: QW38
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

104

% applicants receiving offers

60%

Subjects
  • English studies
  • Imaginative writing
Student score
79% LOW
72% LOW
% employed or in further study
99% HIGH
92% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£20k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BCC

BCC to include English Language.

Scottish Highers
Not Available

AABB

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
MDD

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104 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

60%

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

In the Department of English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies we make the most of our central London location, organising regular public events with institutions such as Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery. As a student at the University of Westminsterâ??s Regent Campus, you will also benefit from our programme of regular guest lectures by high-profile published writers and authors. There is an established and lively research culture in English at Westminster, embracing a range of critical approaches and various periods; research sections include medieval and early modern, 18th and 19th century, Gothic studies, modernism, contemporary writing, and critical and cultural theory.

Modules

Year 1: Subjects of study include composition, creative method, and the structure and use of the English language. Year 2: Subjects of study include the history of the English language, literary linguistics, world varieties of English, writing poetry, the novel and writing for radio and screen. Year 3: As well as the creative writing project, students are able to choose from topics that include English of the British Isles, language and gender, writing for children, autobiography, and writing a dissertation on a chosen aspect of the English language.

University of Westminster

Freshers week

The University of Westminster is in the heart of London, attracting more than 20,000 students from 150 nation. With the Students' Union based at three central London campuses and a media campus at Harrow, you'll never be short of activities in the big smoke. Did you know UWSU takes hundreds of students to Amsterdam and on a sports tour in Spain every year.

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
20%
80%

Year 1

19%
81%

Year 2

13%
87%

Year 3

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
19%
78%
3%

Year 1

8%
92%

Year 2

96%
4%

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 87%
Student score 79% LOW
Able to access IT resources

85%

Staff made the subject interesting

87%

Library resources are satisfactory

82%

Feedback on work has been helpful

73%

Feedback on work has been prompt

78%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

74%

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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
10% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
83% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
7% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
284 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
79% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
7% 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 99% HIGH
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

8%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

7%

Graduates who are childcare and related personal services

14%

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 75%
Student score 72% LOW
Able to access IT resources

81%

Staff made the subject interesting

86%

Library resources are satisfactory

78%

Feedback on work has been helpful

68%

Feedback on work has been prompt

75%

Staff are good at explaining things

89%

Received sufficient advice and support

64%

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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
20% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
8% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
271 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
92% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% 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 92% MED
Average graduate salary £20k HIGH
Graduates who are media professionals

8%

Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

14%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

12%

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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