English Language with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
UCAS code: Q1W8
Explore the power and influence of spoken and written English language, while flexing your imagination an honing your writing craft. Develop your communication skills and discover the power, influence and art of the English language and creative writing.
Develop your understanding of spoken and written English and consider how it has evolved over time on our English language with creative writing degree.
Are you an aspiring writer but haven’t quite found your niche? Would you like to understand how children develop their language perception and comprehension? This course is a balance of using imagination and exploring theory.
We’ll encourage you to read as a writer and develop your creative writing skills in areas like poetry, fiction and screenwriting. Learning to find your own creative philosophy will be important too.
You’ll also look back at how English became a world language and its different varieties. We’ll also make sure you’re confident in your listening, transcribing and analysing abilities.
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
Year 1 of this English language with creative writing degree is all about building solid foundations. We’ll take you through the fundamental skills for the analysis and description of the English language. You’ll study the structure, sound system and variation in language. We’ll also introduce the art of writing fiction and poetry and you’ll start to compose short stories and observational poems.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Introduction to Fiction
Module code: WRI1019
Introduction to Poetry
Module code: WRI1018
Studying English Language
Module code: LNG1017
The Structure of English
Module code: LNG1016
Exploring Variation in English
Module code: LNG1018
The Sounds of English
Module code: LNG1015
Module code: TLC1010
Alongside two compulsory creative writing modules, you’ll choose four additional language modules of interest in Year 2. Optional modules include Child Language Development, Investigating English Language and the History and Development of English.
You’ll also strengthen the short story and poem writing experience from your first year. Experimenting with writing styles and reflection, you’ll get into the habit of writing inventively.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
The Art of Poetry
Module code: WRI2023
Writing Short Stories
Module code: WRI2024
Four of:Expand all
Module code: LNG2133
Child Language Development
Module code: LNG2139
English Language: Forms and Contexts
Module code: LNG2200
History and Development of English
Module code: LNG2130
Investigating English Language
Module code: LNG2140
Language of Shakespeare and His Time
Module code: LNG2132
Module code: TLC2000
Diverse optional modules in Year 3 will help you define the type of writer you want to be. Perhaps you’d like to work on fiction or immerse yourself in the art of screenwriting?
You’ll also choose optional English language modules including Language, Gender and Sexuality and Forensic Linguistics. Write a dissertation on a linguistic area of interest to you. In your final year, we’ll prepare you for life after graduation and your chosen career path.
An Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Module code: LNG3143
Module code: LNG3155
Language, Gender and Sexuality
Module code: LNG3153
Module code: LNG3133
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Critical Discourse Studies
Module code: LNG3154
English Language: Varieties and Other Languages
Module code: LNG3200
Module code: LNG3152
Hosting a Festival
Module code: HUM3000
Module code: LNG3148
Module code: TLC3000
Module code: WRI3022
Poetry and Innovative Form
Module code: WRI3021
The Art of Screenwriting
Module code: WRI3023
Optional modules provide an element of choice within the course curriculum. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by timetabling requirements. Some restrictions on optional module choice or combinations of optional modules may apply.
How you'll study
For the English Language elements of the degree, traditional lectures and seminar-based learning are complemented by student participation in workshops, student-led presentations, independent research projects and group activities. You will also make use of extensive online resources with the assistance of English language staff.
Teaching and learning for Creative Writing modules is centred on the writer’s workshop where there is a strong emphasis on participation. You will learn the habits of a professional writer, including keeping a writer’s journal, undertaking research and observation, re-drafting and editing text, and presenting work to a high standard. Self and peer appraisal are important, as are paired and small group work. Modules are underpinned by a sense of an audience – ranging from a student’s seminar group through electronic and paper publication to performance.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and formal tests or examinations. This includes essays, linguistic analyses, class tests and group work for English Language modules, alongside creative practice, critical practice and reflection for Creative Writing modules.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by an enthusiastic team of linguistic experts and professional writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast and staged.
The programme team publish and/or edit a variety of academic and literary journals, including the Journal of British and Irish Innovative Poetry, Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and 21: Journal of Contemporary and Innovative Fiction.
They are committed to providing you with an excellent learning experience and update modules regularly to ensure that they are current and relevant.
Typical offer 112-120 UCAS Tariff points. No specific subjects are required.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points. Subject-specific requirements at Higher Level (HL) Grade 5 may apply.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit or 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of English and Creative Arts is based in Creative Edge, a state-of-the-art £17million building offering highly contemporary facilities.
The £17 million Creative Edge building features a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, IT facilities and smaller tutorial spaces. It has everything you need to become a capable, versatile, creative writer and thinker. Creative Edge’s social learning spaces are ideal for passionate discussion with like-minded creatives.
You’ll develop the practical skills, analytical tools and confidence for wherever your creative flair and insight takes you.
Where you'll study
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
During this English language with creative writing degree you’ll gain a range of skills that can be applied to a variety of different industries. Whether you want to go into creative writing, or use your degree in a communications role, you could find yourself in sectors such as:
- teaching (further training needed)
- speech therapy (further training needed)
- library work
- arts administration
- radio or television
Some of our graduates go on to further their studies with a postgraduate degree or in research. Others have entered teacher training by studying a PGCE.
Previous Edge Hill students have applied for interesting roles such as:
- Senior production editor
- Communications assistant
- Whole school literacy coordinator
- Talent coordinator
Our graduates are trained to be excellent communicators and critical thinkers. This degree is a great foundation for a diverse range of careers and industries.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change to Entry Requirements - 18 November 2022
Entry requirements updated to remove preferred subjects.
Change of Department - 25 July 2022
With effect from 1 August 2022, English and Creative Writing students will be based in the Department of English and Creative Arts. The new department will be located in the Creative Edge building.
New Module Added - 20 April 2022
HUM3000 Hosting a Festival (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.
Change of Modules - 2 February 2022
LNG2200 English Language: Forms and Contexts (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 2. LNG2131 Introduction to Sociolinguistic Variation (20 credits), LNG2134 Early English (20 credits), LNG2135 Phonetics and Phonology (20 credits) and LNG2136 Modern English Structure and Language (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 2.
LNG3200 English Language: Varieties and Other Languages (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3. LNG3142 Bilingualism (20 credits), LNG3144 Beyond English (20 credits) and LNG3145 Language and Identity (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3. LNG3155 Language Change (20 credits) replaces LNG3151 Historical Linguistics (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 3.
Change to Modes of Study - 15 July 2021
The programme is now available to study on a full-time or part-time basis. It was previously available full-time only.
Change of Modules - 21 January 2021
LNG2140 English Language Research Paper (20 credits) replaces LNG2128 English Language Long Essay (20 credits) and LNG2138 Methodology (20 credits) as an optional module in Year 2.
LNG2130 History and Development of English (20 credits) changes from compulsory to optional in Year 2. Two modules need to be selected from four options comprising LNG2130 History and Development of English (20 credits), LNG2133 Analysing Discourse (20 credits), LNG2136 Modern English Structure and Usage (20 credits) and LNG2139 Child Language Development (20 credits).
LNG3154 Critical Discourse Studies (20 credits) added as an optional module in Year 3.