English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)
The technical skills you’ll develop on this course will allow you to succeed in the literary, publishing and content industries. You’ll read critically and widely, learning about historic and current literature, integrating this knowledge into your own work.
|Course Duration||3 years|
Through working on live briefs you’ll gain practical experience with our industry partners in publishing, literary festivals and the writing industries. Throughout the course you’ll learn a wide range of transferable, future-proof skills which are valued in every industry, including the ability to critically analyse, work to briefs and deadlines and produce engaging writing.
You can choose to specialise in an area like poetry, non-fiction, scriptwriting or writing for digital games, and learn how to draft, edit and pitch.
- Design and run a student-led collaborative project as part of your third year. Previous projects have included producing illustrated anthologies and working in collaboration with the National Trust.
- Be able to attend our guest lecture series, where you’ll build relationships and contacts within the literary world.
- Benefit from our Writer in Residence programme, with talks, workshops and discussions.
- Have the opportunity to attend and participate in literary festivals, such as the Cornwall Contemporary Poetry Festival.
What our students do
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What you'll learn
Bringing together writing practice and an in-depth knowledge of literature, you’ll develop the critical and creative skills for a life in writing or publishing. By making your own choices, you’ll build skills in areas like poetry, fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, and digital games.
The first year gives you a grounding in the basics of Creative Writing, English Literature and Publishing – all key areas for aspiring writers to be familiar with. But along with the introduction you need, the course also challenges and breaks the norms in most degrees with modules like 'Exploding the Canon: Writing Then and Now' and 'Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back'. Each week, you'll have a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials.
Writing: Craft and Contexts
Exploding the Canon: Writing Then & Now
Breaking the Rules: Remix and Writing Back
Literatures of Revolution
Publishing Studio: Technologizing the Word
This year is all about narrowing down to your specialisation. Want to be a screenwriter? There's a module for that. Want to write for games? There's a module for that too. You can take modules in poetry, creative non-fiction or radio and theatre. You'll take two core modules, but otherwise you'll create your own personalised degree, focusing on your specific interests. You will progress to higher levels of analysis and creation, honing your skills as a writer and a critic. You will learn how to research, plan, pitch and build a profile as a writer.
Society & the Self
Writing Now: Prize-winners, Bestsellers & Controversial Content
Satire and Scandal
Magic and the Impossible
Radio and Theatre
The final year is a culmination of the tools and knowledge you picked up in Year One and Two. At this level, you will be working on two major 40-credit modules. The first, Collaborative Project, gives you the chance to work in real-world collaborations, for example with community groups, sound projects, work placements, writing projects, etc. We've had students create podcasts, poetry collections, and a range of community projects with partners such as Mind, the National Trust and others. The second module, the Portfolio, allows you to create a sustained piece of work which you can continue or begin to pitch after graduation. For the portfolio, you have weekly half hour tutorials with your supervisor, giving you a close focus on your own writing. You can still choose option modules in the first study block, and in the second we ask you to consider experimentation and adaptation.
Dissertation and Portfolio
Experiment and Adaptation
We Have Never Been Human
Crime and Dark Fiction
Children & Young Adult
The modules above are those being studied by our students, or proposed new ones. Programme structures and modules can change as part of our curriculum enhancement and review processes. If a certain module is important to you, please discuss it with the Course Leader.
From module information to course aims and assessment criteria, discover the full course details.
How you'll learn
On top of your regular lectures, seminars and workshops, you’ll take on live briefs from creative industry partners, and attend lectures and seminars with high-profile guest speakers and our Writers in Residence, like Matt Haig, Philip Marsden, Lionel Shriver, Iain Sinclair, Don Paterson and Simon Armitage.
You’ll support your self-directed learning with significant weekly tutor contact time, and have the chance for regular one-to-one tutorials. There’ll also be opportunities to gain regular work experience by writing or working for WiTH, our student journal of new writing.
How you'll spend your time
Tiimetabled teaching and learning activity
Guided independent study
How you'll be assessed
The above percentages relate to 2019/2020 data.
- Coursework and e-learning exercises
- Live creative industry briefs
- Final year creative writing portfolio
Our academics provide a huge range of expertise, including 20th and 21st century literature, digital texts, Victorian literature, gender studies, literature and environment, and print culture.
Some members of staff only teach on specific modules, and your course might not feature every member shown here.
Dr Jennifer Young
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Dr Danielle Barrios-O'Neill
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Dr Luke Thompson
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Dr Ruth Heholt
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John has worked in the film and media sector for fifteen years. He started his career...
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- Digital labs, lecture theatres and seminar rooms.
- Libraries housing 140,000 books, 17,000 DVD and video titles, and exhaustive electronic and journal resources.
- The Lighthouse – a dedicated writers' room and events space
- The Soundhouse – podcasting facility
- The Shed – dedicated study area
How to apply
Apply via UCAS
Ready to join us? If you're applying through UCAS Apply and Track, you'll need to reference the university and course codes below.
- University code: F33
- Course code: Q3W8
We consider all applications on their own individual merit and potential. We invite all applicants to an interview day or audition to give them the opportunity to demonstrate this along with what inspires and motivates them in their field. Applicants will also be able to show their portfolio or give a performance depending on the course. We welcome applications from all subject backgrounds, whether you’ve specialised in STEM, the arts or humanities.
As a guide our typical offer at undergraduate level is 104 – 120 UCAS Tariff points, primarily from Level 3 qualifications such as but not limited to A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma or a Foundation Diploma.
For applicants whose first language is English we require you to have or be working towards GCSE English Language Grade 4 (C), or equivalent.
If English is not your first language you will need to meet the same standard which is equivalent to the IELTS Academic 6.0 overall score, with at least 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. We accept a range of in country equivalencies and approved tests.
If you need a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you’ll need to take an approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). You can read our English Language Requirements for more information.
UK/EU applications: 15 January 2020 (for equal consideration)
Late applications will be considered if there are places available.
International fee payers can apply throughout the year. But we recommend applying as early as possible, to make time for visa and travel arrangements.
Interview information & application advice
Apply for Undergraduate Courses
There's still time to join our undergraduate community in 2020. Find out key dates and get application information and advice.
What is a portfolio and how do you make one? Read our guide.
Personal Statement Guide
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Interview Information: English with Creative Writing BA(Hons)
Find out what to expect from your English with Creative Writing interview.
After You Apply
Find out what happens after you apply to Falmouth and what you'll need to do.
What we're looking for
We want someone who:
- Is enthusiastic and knows about the subject
- Can articulate why they want to study English
- Has writing skills
- Shows an emerging understanding of literature’s role in the past and present
- Is enthusiastic and interested in writing as part of the creative industries
Fees, costs & funding
Tuition fees 2020-21
£9,250 - full-time UK/EU
£16,000 - full-time international
Typical course costs
- £70 - Recurring annual costs
- £50 - Optional study visits and placements for the course duration
If you need to bring equipment or materials with you, these will be outlined in your Welcome Letter.
The figures above don't include accommodation and living costs
Tuition fees are set annually and are subject to review each year. The University may therefore raise tuition fees in the second or subsequent years of a course, in line with inflation and/or the maximum permitted by law or Government policy. Students will be notified of any changes as soon as possible.
For information about funding available, please visit our undergraduate funding page
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