English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

Credit: Sarah Sartain
Penryn Campus
3 years full-time
Direct line
01326 254350

Take your words beyond the page and discover new forms, ideas and practices, while also exploring essential literary issues. You'll challenge and be challenged by writing, and discover how audiences, technologies and media are as much the tools of your trade, as your laptop or pen.

This course will introduce you to the 'business' of writing, uncovering the demands of publishing and content industries. 


  • 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

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.

How you'll spend your time 

YearTime spent in timetabled teaching and learning activityTime spent in guided independent studyTime spent on placements
118% 82%0%

How you'll be assessed 

Year   Assessment by written exams                                                        Assessment by practical exams                           Assessment by coursework     
20%0% 100%

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 One

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.

  • The craft of writing
  • Writing toolkit
  • Origins
  • Audience & context
  • Introduction to publishing
  • Literature now

Year Two

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.

  • Monarchy & dissent
  • Revolution & romanticism
  • Screenwriting workshop
  • Poetry workshop
  • Games & digital writing workshop
  • Reinventing the Victorians
  • Modernisms
  • Creative non-fiction workshop
  • Fiction workshop
  • Script workshop: radio & theatre

Year Three

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.

  • Collaborative project
  • Lifestyle writing workshop: food, fashion, sport, health
  • Travel, place, and environment writing workshop
  • Children and young adult writing workshop
  • Creative writing portfolio & critical essay
  • Contemporary writing: what happens 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.


  • 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 mentors can be reached on the English with Creative Writing BA(Hons) Facebook group.

They'll help with topics like living in Cornwall, what to expect at Falmouth, and the course itself.

Also worth a look are additional groups that offer assistance for disabled students, LGBTQ+ studentsmature students, international students, and Cornish locals

You'll need to join the groups before you can post. If you don't have access to Facebook, please email your name and proposed course to studentmentors@falmouth.ac.uk