Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our Creative Writing and English Language BA combines the opportunity to improve your writing skills with the development of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the structure, history and usage of the English language.

In addition to studying how the language works in its spoken and written forms, and the different kinds of English that exist today, the course provides structured support and guidance in the development of writing skills in various genres (the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and non-fictional writing). Your knowledge and understanding of English will be enhanced by focusing on its aesthetic possibilities.

This particular combination is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in any field that involves the highly skilled use of language, such as publishing or journalism, professional writing, or teaching. You could also go on to a career that includes teaching related to language or creative writing.

You'll have the opportunity to study an optional module from a range of different topics across the University in each year of study. The course will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Top reasons to study with us

  • Fantastic location for the creative industries - London has unrivalled access to publishing houses, film production companies, theatre and poetry networks, and other literary opportunities
  • Writer-led workshops - all of our creative writing tutors are either practising poets, dramatists or novelists
  • Gain valuable industry contacts - you’ll have the opportunity to make writing contacts through our talented creative writing tutors, our expert guest speakers and our industry links
  • Personalised support - you’ll get individually focused academic support and career planning through our tutorials
  • Opportunities to gain international experience - our students have been on regular field trips and have had amazing opportunities to travel, work and study abroad. Previous destinations have included Miami, Hong Kong, Cuba, Berlin, Morocco, Washington and Paris.

Course structure

In each year of study, our modules will deepen your knowledge of the English language and its use and develop your writing abilities. In your third year, you'll produce either a single substantial work (chapters from a novel or a play) or a portfolio of shorter work (short fiction or poetry).

Our main mode of teaching is through seminars and workshops, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, creative exercises, presentations, blogs and portfolios.

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course

Subjects of study include:

  • Beginnings in Writing
  • Language and Text
  • Language Myths
  • Reflective Writing 
  • Words and Meaning

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Discourse across Time
  • Language and Literary Style
  • Forms of Writing
  • Reflective Writing
  • Screenwriting

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Language Studies
  • Individual Writing Project
  • Language and Power
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language Form
  • Special Topic: Genres in Writing
  • Studies in Literary Language
  • Writing Life

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

Our course has a strong focus on future career opportunities, with a programme of visiting speakers from relevant professional areas.

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

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Guest speakers

Guest novelists, poets, filmmakers, editors and agents join us from across the industry to provide valuable careers advice.

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Connect with industry

Forge early connections with industry in London, one of the world's most creative media hubs.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Industry links

Our course has excellent links with business such as LiveCanon, the Small Publisher Fair and West Lexham Writing Retreat.

We invite guest speakers to join us from across the industry to provide valuable careers advice to students. Previous guest speakers have included playwrights, poets and novelists including:

  • Inua Ellams
  • Toby Litt
  • Eley Williams
  • Gwendoline Riley
  • Goolnoosh Nour

Our students gain valuable skills and knowledge through work experience placements. Previous work experience destinations have included:

  • Amazon
  • The Red Cross
  • The Soho Theatre
  • English Pen
  • Arts Catalyst

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles such as:

  • Copywriter
  • Digital content producer
  • Publishing assistant
  • Professional writer
  • Script editor for TV/film production companies
  • Teacher

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • BBC
  • British Council
  • McKinsey and Company
  • The Foreign Office
  • The V&A Museum

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

Students working and studying internationally

Studying English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Why study this course?

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Fantastic central London location

Based in our Regent Campus in central London, you’ll enjoy the benefits of studying in a major global city.

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Expert-led workshops

All of our creative writing tutors are practising poets, dramatists or novelists.

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Gain valuable industry contacts

You’ll have the opportunity to make writing contacts through our talented creative writing tutors, our expert guest speakers and our industry links.

Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – BCC to BBB, with a Humanities or Social Sciences subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including 5 in HL English A/ 6 HL English B
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM to DDM in creative subject
  • BTEC Diploma – D*D to D*D* in a creative subject
  • Access – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in Humanites

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

A portfolicaro of creative writing may be required in addition to these academic qualifications.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including 5 in HL English A/ 6 HL English B

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

A portfolio of creative writing may be required in addition to these academic qualifications.

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Data from the academic year 2019/20

Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Studying at Regent Campus

Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

We have an FAQs page if you are applying this year.

Or you can contact the Course Enquiries Team:

[email protected]ter.ac.uk

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