English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

English with Creative Writing at Falmouth is driven by reading critically and widely, which we see as integral to developing your own writing practice.

We ensure you're able to place your writing within various historical, cultural and stylistic contexts through studying an array of authors and texts from a range of literary periods, popular cultural contexts and critical perspectives. You'll be encouraged to integrate this knowledge with your own creative practices, combining craftsmanship, scholarship and technical ability.

This course offers the opportunity to study a longstanding and respected discipline with creative and contemporary elements. You'll explore connections between literary and non-literary texts, and other forms such as art, music and digital media. Enhancing your employability is also a vital component – 92% of our graduates are in work or study six months after finishing.

BA(Hons) English with Creative Writing course information form

How is the course taught

This full-time, modular course lets you specialise in subjects that interest you. Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and self-directed learning. Our students benefit from a significant amount of contact time every week and the opportunity for frequent one-to-one tutorials.

Course outline

You'll be introduced to key debates in literary studies, creative writing and the digital humanities. Mandatory modules provide a historical journey through literature and culture from the 16th century to the present. You'll learn to make connections between writers of different periods, understand the emergence of new forms like the novel, and the impact of technologies from the printing press to Web 2.0.

Alongside this you'll select from a range of Creative Writing or English option modules, which will enable you to explore specialist interests and follow your individual pathway through the course.

What you'll do

Year 1

In the first year you'll take four mandatory modules that will provide the foundation for developing your skills and knowledge in the fields of English and creative writing. Additional modules enable you to explore questions of literary form and genre in more depth. You'll also examine the role of writers and writing in society, allowing you to make connections between writers of different periods, and different kinds of artistic production.

Year 2

In the second year you'll continue with the historical study of texts from the 18th and 19th centuries, and focus on theoretical, cultural and political debates, from questions of subjectivity and identity to approaches to popular culture. Alongside this you'll take two Creative Writing option modules, such as poetry, business writing, science fiction, short stories, writing for radio, theatre, screen, and more. You can also choose one English option if you wish.

You'll develop a depth of subject knowledge and independent critical thought in preparation for more extensive self-directed learning and specialised study in your third year.

  • EGH210 Freedom and Experiment: Literature & Culture 1688-1832
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module focuses upon the dynamic relationship between literature, politics and culture during the period 1688-1832.
  • ECW210 Cultural Theory & Politics of the Popular
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This core module introduces a range of critical texts and practices as they interrogate notions of culture and popular culture, and in particular raises questions about the histories and processes of theoretical practice.
  • ENG270 Narrative & Sexuality
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module will help you to develop your understanding of theories of sexuality and desire, and their relation to theories of form and narrative in literature, film and popular discourse in the public sphere.
  • ENG271 Comedy & Performances of Culture
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module critically explores the production and reception of humour and comedy forms and practices, considering how and why they might serve as both reproducing and resisting prevailing cultural and social norms.
  • ENG272 Literature & Screen
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module examines the relationship between literature and film, internet, digital media, and television. It looks at a wide range of different interactions between forms and genres.
  • ENG273 From Page to Stage
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module offers you the opportunity to critically engage with the products for and practices of the theatre, and how these have been discussed and theorised.
  • EGH240 Making Nations: Literature & Culture 1832-1914
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This core module considers a range of texts and practices as they relate to the period 1832-1914, between the First Reform Act and the outbreak of World War One.
  • ECW220 Politics of Subjectivity & Identity
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module foregrounds the critical tradition of post-colonial studies, and opens this out into contemporary theories of subjectivity, identity and globalisation.
  • ENG274 Gothic & Grotesque
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module offers a range of approaches to literary, non-literary and media texts usually referred to as ‘Gothic’, a term that spans a variety of cultural productions over a period of 300 years.
  • ENG275 Representing Utopia
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module explores concepts of utopia and dystopia through the analysis of literary, non-literary and media texts, from utopian works before Thomas More's Utopia (1516) to contemporary virtual worlds such as Second Life.
  • ENG276 Texts & Technologies
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module explores the relationships between reading, writing and technology. It examines developments from block printing and presses to changing ideologies of authorship, copyright, politics of patronage, methods of publishing, and democracy and autonomy of authors.
  • ENG277 Children Reading, Reading Children
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module explores child readership, the relationship between the (usually) adult author and child audience, and constructions of childhood in children’s and adult’s literature.
  • CW240 Genre & Form
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module explores the relation between literary form and genre. It will also explore the relation between genre/sub-genre and categories which define literary markets and target specific reading audiences.
  • CW241 Audiences & Context
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module explores the reception of literature. You will explore large-scale studies of audience and effect/affect as well as learning to understand the more intimate relations of address which are involved in any performance or experience of reading.
  • CW250 Poetry & Form
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module considers questions such as: How does form influence and change the way we read or write poems? How do rhythm and metre work? How experimental can a sonnet be and remain a sonnet? When is a poem not a poem?
  • CW251 Writing Short Stories
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module explores the artistry and craftsmanship of short story writing, and investigates various writing strategies and methods that are specifically adapted to the production of short fictions.
  • CW252 Writing Lyrics 
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    This module draws on media, literary and cultural studies to explore the craft of writing lyrics through seminars, group workshops and discussion, along with individual projects and presentations.
  • CW256 Writing for Radio
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module aims to develop writing skills specifically for radio drama. You will explore ways to develop original ideas for radio free from restraints such as costume or special effects.
  • CW254 Screen Writing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)

    Screen writing introduces novice screenwriters to the basic skills of writing for film. Underpinned by film theory and the study and examination of important films and filmmakers, this module will take you through the fundamentals of script writing.
  • CW255 Business & Editorial Writing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you will explore how language can be used creatively for a range of purposes, from providing information to establishing brand identity. You will engage in a range of writing practices, from features to writing for the web.
  • CW253 Writing for Theatre
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module will provide a thorough understanding of the advantages and limitations of the dramatic medium through an exploration of the development of British theatre.
  • CW257 Different Engines: Science Fiction
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module explores science fiction, focusing primarily on a period from the 1950s. We will explore representations of the future and past in science fiction, and place these into a wider cultural, historical and social context.

Year 3

You'll continue the study of literature and culture from World War One to the present day, and choose from Creative Writing options such as writing a novel, travel writing, poetry and performance, writing for the digital age, mass market fiction, and more. These modules take you beyond the writer's garret, enabling you to gain a further understanding of some of the professional competencies required in the business of writing.

In the final semester you'll undertake a dissertation and portfolio module, resulting in creative and critical work that demonstrates proficiency in writing alongside sustained argument and analysis.


The Media Centre, Library and The Performance Centre include:

  • Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms
  • Libraries housing a collection of 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources


You'll be taught by academics and practising writers with expertise in areas such as screenwriting and theatre, contemporary poetry, digital texts, Victorian literature, Blake studies, the 18th century, landscape and travel writing, gender studies, children's writing and science fiction.

Experience you'll get

  • Workshops from nationally renowned creative writers, literary experts and media professionals
  • Placements with schools, businesses, museums and arts organisations
  • Vocational experience in events management, PR and copywriting
  • Frequent opportunities to perform and present in public


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises
  • Critical evaluation
  • Final year dissertation and creative writing portfolio


  • Journalist, editor, web editor
  • Teacher, lecturer in FE and HE, librarian
  • Copywriter, web content producer
  • Author, poet, playwright, screenwriter
  • Work in publishing, marketing and PR
  • Postgraduate study (PGCE, MA, PhD), research assistant

Interview and selection process

We invite all applicants to interview.

The interviews will last for approximately three hours and will include a tour of the campus, a group session and a short individual interview. We invite up to ten applicants to each interview session.

You will not be required to bring samples of your writing to the interview. However, you will be asked about your personal statement and your interests and achievements so far. We are looking for enthusiasm and passion for English. We are also looking for commitment to studying English at Falmouth.

Interviews will be held on:

  • 15, 16, 17 January 2014
  • 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 28 February 2014
  • 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14 March 2014

We will continue to schedule interviews as long as places are still available.

Student mentor scheme

Falmouth's student mentor scheme matches new starters with a second year student, to help you settle in and find your feet. Our student mentors are now on Facebook. To chat to a mentor about the course, living in Cornwall or what to expect at Falmouth, check out the English courses group. You'll need to join the group before you can post.

If you don't have access to Facebook please email your name and proposed course to: studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team: admissions@falmouth.ac.uk