English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons)
UCAS code: Q2W9
Raring to refine your creative writing and dive into fascinating literature topics and time periods? Our English literature with creative writing degree allows just that. Sharpen your skills when writing poetry and short stories, and boost your critical reading.
Be inspired by contemporary and classic works from world-renowned authors. We’ll cover theoretical and critical approaches and give you opportunities to apply them practically.
You’ll look back at important texts, putting their key themes under the microscope. How do superstition, sexuality and religion contribute to Renaissance drama? How do authors develop in relation to the historical and cultural changes around them?
We’ll show you how to read as a writer. You’ll also learn to reflect, which will develop your creative writing skills and philosophy. Find your style of writing and understand how to use language creatively to tell your tales.
Gain transferable skills that will be invaluable during your degree and essential to future employers. In your final year, you can design, research and complete a dissertation on the literature topic of your choice.
Learn a language option available
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
What you'll study
Develop your understanding of literature in theory and practice. We’ll introduce you to the theories and methods of reading literature against different perspectives to see how they compare. Also, you’ll be introduced to the art of writing fiction and poetry so you can start to compose short stories and observational poems.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: LIT1021
Module code: LIT1025
Module code: LIT1024
Introduction to Fiction
Module code: WRI1019
Introduction to Poetry
Module code: WRI1018
Ways of Reading
Module code: LIT1020
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Module code: LIT1025
Module code: LIT1024
Module code: TLC1010
You’ll further your understanding of reading and writing poetry, encouraging you to expand your portfolio of poems. We’ll develop your knowledge from the Renaissance to Romanticism to get an understanding of past works. Exploring the techniques of writing short stories and the art of poetry you’ll also choose additional modules. These include introducing you to graphic novels and focusing on the work of a single author.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
The Art of Poetry
Module code: WRI2023
Writing Short Stories
Module code: WRI2024
Four of:Expand all
Contemporary American Literature
Module code: LIT2057
Literature Dissertation Project
Module code: LIT2041
Pilgrim’s Progress: British Children’s Literature from the 18th Century to the Present Day
Module code: LIT2046
Module code: LIT2048
Module code: LIT2050
Special Author 1
Module code: LIT2051
Special Topic 1
Module code: LIT2059
The Graphic Novel
Module code: WRI2019
Module code: TLC2000
Building on your knowledge of texts from Victorian to modern times, you’ll experiment with a range of poetic styles and produce longer form works of your own. Try your hand at writing novel chapters, complex stories or screenwriting. We’ll also give you the option to design and develop a dissertation to boost your independent learning. At the same time, you’ll select modules that cover a range of themes, including taking part in a group project.
80 credits from:Expand all
Contemporary Literature in English
Module code: LIT3043
Hosting a Festival
Module code: HUM3000
Module code: LIT3039
Module code: LIT3042
Sexuality and Subversion
Module code: LIT3050
Special Author 2
Module code: LIT3049
Special Topic 2
Module code: LIT3054
The Victorians at Work
Module code: LIT3040
Module code: TLC3000
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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
English Literature modules are delivered using a combination of lectures and seminars, workshops, group activities, independent research and our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). As well as module and seminar tutors, personal tutors and year tutors will support you through your studies.
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 primarily through a combination of essays, short analyses, reports and close readings, oral presentations and group work for English Literature modules, alongside creative practice, critical practice and reflection for Creative Writing modules. Emphasis is placed on work produced in your own time or formally presented in class.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by an enthusiastic and approachable team of English Literature tutors and professional writers whose work has been widely published, broadcast and staged.
Members of the programme team have been successful in winning national research awards from bodies such as the British Academy, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and The Leverhulme Trust.
Creative Writing staff also 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.
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
Our English literature with creative writing degree helps you discover the type of career you’ll want to move into. You’ll leave us with a set of communication, creative and analytical skills that can transfer to sectors such as:
- teaching (further training required)
- speech therapy (further training required)
- library and archival work
- heritage and museums
Some of our English literature graduates have gone on to further study or research to specialise in a particular area, or to pursue an academic career. Others have applied for rewarding roles such as:
- Senior production editor
- Communications assistant
- Whole school literacy coordinator
- Talent coordinator
Our students have refined their critical thinking during their time with us. This degree provides a solid foundation for a diverse range of careers and industries that require written and verbal communications.
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 students will be based in the Department of English and Creative Arts. The new department will be located in the Creative Edge building.
Change of Module - 20 April 2022
HUM3000 Hosting a Festival (20 credits) replaces LIT3045 Hosting a Literary Festival (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.