Teaching and learning in 2021/22

If government restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic are required during the 2021/22 academic year, we are planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and onsite learning, in order to prioritise the safety of students and staff. For more details on changes to this course, see our planned undergraduate course changes page or postgraduate course changes page.

Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster.

Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don't have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development , bringing together like-minded students to think about the 'big ideas' within your discipline.

You'll also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. On successful completion of the Foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the Creative Writing and English Literature BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

Our course combines the study of literary and non-literary texts in English with the development of your own creative writing skills. The study of texts and their background in the history of ideas informs your progress as a writer, while your experience of writing in a variety of genres (the novel, the short story, poetry and drama) enhances your appreciation of literature.

Our course takes full advantage of our central London location through visits and the opportunity for internships as part of your study.

This course will be of particular interest to those who wish to write or develop their reading with the experience that comes from writing literary texts. You’ll gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to begin a career in freelance writing, publishing, theatre, or teaching literature and creative writing. The course will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Your work in creative writing will move in tandem with your study in English literature, particularly in Year 3, when you will produce either a single substantial work (novel, play) or a portfolio of shorter work (short fiction, poetry) while studying related literature modules.

Our course will enable you to develop a deep understanding of British society and literature’s place within it by investigating the codes and conventions that have emerged in a variety of social and historical contexts, and the ways in which these have guided both literary and non-literary representation. You’ll also be able to relate the study of English literature and your own writing to the broader context of Western history and thought.

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
  • Subject-leading researchers - our English Literature staff are leading experts in their fields, producing internationally recognised research that they bring straight back into the classroom
  • 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
  • Get experience before graduating – you’ll have the option to do a work placement as part of this course.
  • Opportunities to gain international experience - our students enjoy regular field trips and amazing opportunities to travel, work and study abroad

Course structure

At each credit level you’ll focus on both writing in particular genres and forms, and studying literature of different periods, authors or genres, alongside an examination of the tools of literary enquiry in your study of literary theories and the history of ideas.

The main modes of teaching are seminars, workshops, lectures and field trips, 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, creative exercises, critical analyses, reviews, examinations, presentations, journals, blogs and portfolios.

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

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Beginnings in Writing
  • Reflective Writing 
  • What is Literature?
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • Poetry and Politics
  • Keywords for Literary Studies

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include: 

  • The Novel
  • Romanticisms
  • The Victorian World
  • Reflective Writing
  • Forms of Writing
  • Writing Revolutions
  • Making Memory: Culture History and Representation
  • Monsters
  • Screenwriting

Credit Level 5

Between Years 2 and 3 you’ll have the option to undertake either a study or work placement at a partner institution abroad. The optional year abroad helps you develop cultural and intercultural awareness of the country you visit and gives you an opportunity to gain experience in a different setting.

Subjects of study include:

  • Individual Writing Project
  • English Literature Dissertation
  • Writing Life
  • Special Topic: Genres in Writing
  • Reading the Present
  • The Modernist World
  • Tragedy: Ancient to Modern
  • Fiction after 1950
  • Issues in Culture
  • Special Topic
  • Work Placement for Humanities

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.

For general enquiries about the course, please email [email protected]

To request an accessible version of the programme specification, please email [email protected]

Careers

On our course, there is a strong focus on future career opportunities, with creative writing being taught by writers who have expertise in the particular genre being taught.

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:

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

Work experience

You’ll have the option to complete a work placement as part of this course. Our students gain valuable skills and knowledge through this experience, and previous destinations include:

  • Arts Catalyst
  • English Pen
  • October Gallery
  • The Soho Theatre

Job roles

This course will prepare you for roles and sectors such as:

  • Advertising
  • Online content provider
  • PR
  • Professional writer
  • Publishing assistant
  • Script editor for TV/film production companies

Graduate employment

Graduates from this course have found employment at organisations including:

  • BBC
  • Red Apple Creative
  • Springer Publishing
  • Theatre Delicatessen
  • The V&A

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.

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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.

Open days

Join us at an open day either on campus or online or information session and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to:

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take an in person virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation
  • Find out more about the courses you are interested in
  • Meet and talk to current students about their experiences

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

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 portfolio 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 – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB   

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 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.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are an international student accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

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.

EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme

If you are accepted on an undergraduate programme starting in September 2021 on the basis of an eligible EU qualification only, you will be awarded a tuition fee reduction of £4,500 per year, which will align your fee more closely to the one for UK students. For more information, see the EU Qualifications Welcome Award Scheme.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

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 will find how learning time and assessment types were distributed in the past on this course, through approximate percentages taken from previous cohorts. The graphs below give an indication of what you can expect. Changes to the division of learning time and assessment 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 lectures, seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, and where appropriate practical application. Learning typically falls into three broad categories:

  • Scheduled hours: examples include lectures, seminars, practical classes, workshops, supervised time in a studio
  • Placement: placement hours normally include placement opportunities, but may also include live projects or virtual activity involving employers
  • Independent study: non-scheduled time in which students are expected to study independently. This may include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks, or revision
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1
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2
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3
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How you'll be assessed

Our undergraduate courses include a wide variety of assessments.

Assessments typically fall into three broad categories:

  • Practical: examples include presentations, videos, podcasts, lab work, creating artefacts  
  • Written exams: end of semester exams 
  • Coursework: examples include essays, reports, in-class tests, portfolios, dissertation
     
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3
3%2%95%
Written exams Practical Coursework

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

Visit our student hub

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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.

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