English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 213730

This course is open for applications through Clearing. Please contact our Admissions Team on 01326 213730.

At the heart of English with Creative Writing at Falmouth is an understanding that reading critically and widely is integral to developing your own writing practice.

You'll explore essential literary issues - what is literature, where is it going now? - while taking your own words beyond the traditional page and discovering new forms, ideas and practices. As a student in the School of Writing & Journalism, a vibrant and diverse writing community, you'll challenge and be challenged by writing, and discover how audiences, technologies and media are as much your tools of trade as your laptop or pen.

How the course is taught

We offer an opportunity to study English alongside creative writing, enabling you to develop the critical and creative thinking skills that employers value. You'll be introduced to the 'business' of writing and its professional contexts, ensuring that you understand the demands of publishing and content industries. We also encourage student choice, enabling you to develop the skills to write for a range of markets, from poetry, fiction, and non-fiction to screenwriting and digital games.

Teaching is a combination of lectures, seminars, live briefs, 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 gain a critical understanding of literature now, and through time, integrating this with your own creative practice. You'll learn how to draft, edit and pitch your work, specialising in areas such as poetry, non-fiction, scriptwriting, YA fiction, or writing for digital games.

Working on your final portfolio, industry-engaged projects, and online profile, means that you graduate with the confidence, knowledge, and skills necessary to launch you into a career in the creative industries or postgraduate study.

What you'll do

Year 1

The first year provides foundational skills and knowledge of contemporary writing practice alongside an understanding of the ever-changing relationship between literature and the contemporary reader. You'll be immersed in writing culture - writing, reading, generating ideas and learning more about audiences and the professional contexts of writing.

Semester 1

  • The Craft of Writing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module provides an introduction to the practice and craft of creative writing.
  • Writing Toolkit
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you will learn the nuts and bolts of writing, from composition to editing.
  • Origins
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces key texts that have shaped, reflected and challenged human experience through time, and their continued significance today.

Semester 2

  • Audience & Context
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module, you'll learn the essentials of writing for different genres, audiences, and contexts.
  • Introduction to Publishing
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module introduces you to the professional contexts of writing, from small presses, to agents, the book trade, and digital books.
  • Literature Now
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll learn about the way that contemporary writing draws on earlier traditions and ideas.

Year 2

In the second year you'll take two 'Literature in Time' modules that are distinctive in allowing you to explore connections between different historical periods, such as Victorian Literature and 21st century writing. You'll also experiment with different forms of writing, from screenwriting to fiction, developing your confidence and technical skills as a writer.

Semester 1

Select one of the following Literature in Time modules:

  • Monarchy & Dissent
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll explore power and state in Early Modern writing, and its continued impact, from Shakespeare's Machiavellian Princes to Game of Thrones.
  • Revolution & Romanticism
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll focus on eighteenth century literature, and its significance as the origin of modern debates about environmentalism, the rise of the 'artist', and human rights.

Select two of the following Writing Workshop modules:

  • Screenwriting Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Poetry Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Games & Digital Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

Select one of the following Literature in Time modules:

  • Reinventing the Victorians
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll examine literature in the nineteenth century, the rise of the novel, and trends in the growth of neo-Victorian writing today.
  • Modernisms
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    In this module you'll explore modernist writing in relation to art, architecture and music, along with the influences of modernism in the 21st century.

Select two of the following Writing Workshop modules:

  • Creative Non-Fiction Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Fiction Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Script Workshop: Radio & Theatre (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Year 3

This year is a springboard to your future, beyond university. Working on your creative writing portfolio and a collaborative project, alongside a chosen specialism from one of the advanced writing workshops means that you graduate with the confidence and skills necessary to launch you into professional practice or postgraduate study.

Semester 1

  • Collaborative Project
    (40 credits 20 ECTS)
    This module allows you to consider the writer's role as part of a creative eco-system, by offering structured opportunities for collaboration in key areas of the creative industries.

Select one of the following Advanced Writing Workshop modules:

  • Lifestyle Writing Workshop: Food, Fashion, Sport, Health (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Travel, Place, and Environment Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)
  • Children and Young Adult Writing Workshop (20 credits 10 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Creative Writing Portfolio & Critical Essay
    (40 credits 20 ECTS)
    Independent portfolio of creative work.
  • Contemporary Writing: What Happens Next?
    (20 credits 10 ECTS)
    This module focuses on prize-winning, critically acclaimed and bestselling writing of the last ten years. You'll examine publishing trends and tastes, and ask where the market is going next.


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 published writers with expertise in screenwriting, contemporary poetry, writing for games, fiction and non-fiction, children's and Young Adult writing, writing and environment, 20th and 21st century literature, Victorian literature, the 18th century, publishing and print culture.

Staff are active researchers, published in their respective fields. Two Arts and Humanities Research Council funded-projects currently sit within the subject area: 'Telling the Bees' led by University of York, and 'Orkney: Beside the Ocean of Time' led by Dr Niamh Downing at Falmouth.

Experience you'll get

  • Our course combines writing practice with in-depth knowledge of literature, ensuring that you are prepared for the demands of a life in writing, publishing, words
  • Work on live briefs with creative industry partners
  • Benefit from lectures and workshops with high-profile guest speakers and our Writers in Residence. Recent residencies have featured Matt Haig, Philip Marsden, Lionel Shriver, Iain Sinclair, Don Paterson and Simon Armitage
  • Write for or join the editorial team on WiTH, our student journal of new writing


  • Continuous assessment with no formal examinations
  • Coursework and e-learning exercises
  • Live creative industry briefs
  • Final year 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

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 with Creative Writing course 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 informal enquiries about the course, contact Dr Niamh Downing, Interim Head of English & Writing: niamh.downing@falmouth.ac.uk

For more information about the application process, portfolios, interviews and selection days, please contact our admissions team using our enquiry form

Or come and see us at one of our open days