Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,750 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course 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. The course will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

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.

Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies, but in each year modules deepen your knowledge of the English language and its use, and develop your writing abilities.

In Year 3 you will produce either a single substantial work (novel or play) or a portfolio of shorter work (short fiction or poetry).

There is a strong focus on future career opportunities, with a programme of visiting speakers from relevant professional areas, and an opportunity to do an internship in Year 3. You will also have the opportunity to take a Westminster elective module from across the University in each year of study.

The 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.

To study creative writing you should submit a portfolio of creative writing (maximum 10,000 words) of an individual or mixture of genres that you have written privately (not as part of a taught course). You may include poetry with prose works, but please do not submit solely poetry.

Course structure

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Beginnings in Writing
  • Intro to Language and Literature
  • Language Myths
  • Reflective Writing
  • Words, Meaning and Text

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Forms of Writing
  • History and Discourse
  • Literary Linguistics
  • Reflective Writing
  • Writing Life

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Language Studies
  • Language and Power
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language Form
  • Scriptwriting
  • Special Writing Topic
  • Studies in Literary Language
  • Writing Project

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Course Team

In addition to the core course team listed below, we are also pleased to invite a wide range of writers to the university, to teach modules and deliver guest workshops. In 2016-17 these have included Miranda France, Toby Litt, David Nath, Gwendoline Riley and Chloe Aridjis.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

One of the following (or an equivalent qualification):

  • A Levels – BCC including English or at least one humanities-related subject
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 points in Higher Level English A or 6 points in Higher English B
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma - DMM in a creative subject
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma – DM with a humanities A Level Grade C or BC at A Level including a humanities subject plus Merit in a BTEC Subsidiary Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction

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

  • GCSE minimum grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in English.

If your first language is not English, you must have an IELTS of 6.0 overall with 6.0 in each element or equivalent.

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

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 points in Higher Level English A or 6 points in Higher English B

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Careers

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

The Regent Campus experience

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,750 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

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Opening hours (GMT): 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

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