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 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. The 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 will gain the knowledge and understanding necessary to go on to 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.

At each credit level you will 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.

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.

There is a strong focus on future career opportunities, with creative writing being taught largely by freelance writers who have expertise in the particular genre being taught. The 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 will also be able to relate the study of English literature and your own writing to the broader context of Western history and thought.

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.

To study creative writing, you should submit a portfolio of creative writing (maximum 10,000 words) of an individual or mixture of genres.

Course structure

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

Subjects of study include:

  • Beginnings in Writing
  • Keywords
  • Poetry
  • Reflective Writing
  • Shakespeare and Performance
  • What is Literature?

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Forms of Writing
  • Making Memory
  • Monsters
  • Reflective Writing
  • The Nineteenth Century
  • The Novel
  • Travel Sickness
  • Writing Life
  • Writing Revolutions

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Dissertation
  • Issues in Theory
  • Modernism
  • Satire, Morality and the City
  • Scriptwriting
  • Special Topic
  • Special Writing Topic
  • Tragedy
  • What is the Contemporary?
  • 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

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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

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English, Linguistics and Cultural Studies

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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 information

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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

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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 information

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

Course Location

Situated on one of the most famous and vibrant streets of London, our 309 Regent Street site is home to the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. The site also houses our Regent Street Cinema. For more details, visit our Regent Street page.

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