The page you are visiting was formerly part of the Which? University website, but is now being provided by The Uni Guide — part of The Student Room. For more information please click here.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Learn more
Birmingham City University

English and Creative Writing

UCAS Code: QW38

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C

Must include English Language or Literature A-Level at Grade C or above. In lieu of English Language or Literature A Level, subjects that include an element of essay writing will be considered as an alternative, i.e History, Religious Education, The Sciences, Philosophy, Film Studies, Communication Studies & Creative Writing all include a component of this. Applicants will be required to submit a satisfactory essay set by the department. For the English and Drama course we will consider A Level in Performing Arts, Drama or Theatre Studies in lieu of English. Applicants will be required to submit a satisfactory essay set by the department. A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 112 pts Must include English Language or Literature A-Level at Grade C or above. In lieu of English Language or Literature A Level, subjects that include an element of essay writing will be considered as an alternative, i.e History, Religious Education, The Sciences, Philosophy, Film Studies, Communication Studies & Creative Writing all include a component of this. Applicants will be required to submit a satisfactory essay set by the department. For English and Drama course will consider A Level in Performing Arts, Drama or Theatre Studies in lieu of English. Applicants will be required to submit a satisfactory essay set by the department. A maximum of 4 subjects are considered. These can be other A/S Levels (as long in a different subject) A-Levels or Level 3 equivalents.

Pass with 60 credits overall. At least 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 18 credits in English related area at merit or above. Language, Literature and Culture subjects preferred but other subjects also considered. Applicants may be requested to complete an essay set by the department if subject doesn't contain any English.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above one of which MUST include English Language Acceptable equivalents:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy - Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 - English Key Skills level 2 - Communication Scottish Credit Standard Grade - Grade 2 English grade C or above Scottish Intermediate 2 Scottish National 5 • Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment

HNC (BTEC)

P

Pass with 120 credits at Level 4 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the second year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4. A transcript will be required. Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

HND (BTEC)

P

Pass with 240 credits at Level 5 Must be in a related pathway May be considered for advanced entry onto the third year of the degree. Subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content at level 4 and level 5. A transcript will be required. Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28

Obtain a minimum of 28 points overall, including English Language or Literature at Higher Level For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB Diploma will be accepted Applicants may be requested to complete an essay set by the department if subject doesn't contain any English.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in five Higher level subjects. This must include English Language taken at Ordinary Level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) and Higher level minimum grade H1/H7 (or A-D / A1-D3 up to and including 2016

See level 3 entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers). Must include English Language or Literature or combined Language and Literature subject Applicants may be requested to complete an essay set by the department if subject doesn't contain any English.

Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades BBCCC is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers. Must include English Language or Literature or combined Language and Literature subject Applicants may be requested to complete an essay set by the department if subject doesn't contain any English.

UCAS Tariff

112

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

Considered with a maximum of 3 other Level 3 qualifications (AS Levels must be in different subject to A-Levels) to obtain 112 pts Applicants will be requested to complete an essay set by the department unless they are already holding or are working towards an A-Level in English at grade C or above.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

English studies

Creative writing

The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing programme will support you in developing a rigorous and creative writing practice, while also honing your critical and analytical abilities.

You will develop your writing, close-reading and research skills, and learn to craft different kinds of original writing – from critical argument to fiction. In the School of English, you will be taught by world-leading academics and practitioners offering a diverse range of modules.

You will study literature from various major periods, movements and genres. You will also have the opportunity to produce audio drama, screenplay, short stories and poetry. Your degree will allow you to tailor your studies to your individual interests and career aspirations with both a local and global outlook.

What's covered in the course?

English and Creative Writing allows you to examine how language and literature engage with societies and cultures past and present, to develop a rigorous, creative and disciplined writing practice, and to express insights into contemporary concerns, effecting the way you and others see the world.

Through workshops with published authors you will hone your writing craft, experimenting with forms including audio drama, screenplay, short fiction, poetry and the novel. You will produce polished pieces of writing using creative and analytical approaches that complement your study of English.

You will benefit from student-focused and research-informed teaching in a friendly, supportive learning environment where you will be taught by world-leading academics and expert practitioners who foster a community of experimentation, innovation and inclusivity.

Our graduates are characterised by their inventiveness, critical thinking and intellectual curiosity, reflected in the skills and abilities that enables them to adapt to a wide range of career paths and employment opportunities. Throughout your studies, you will develop a range of transferable skills valued in the creative industries and beyond.

The School is committed to contributing to the cultural life of Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. We do this through working closely with partner colleges and schools, by maintaining close links with cultural institutions such as the Birmingham and Midland Institute (BMI) and Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (BMAG), and by working with agencies such as Writing West Midlands. In all of this we seek to widen participation and provide opportunities for the community to engage with the discipline and the University.

Why Choose Us?

You’ll be taught by expert practitioners and world-leading academics, who encourage experimentation and innovation. Our courses are interdisciplinary by design, offering opportunities to explore literature, drama, language and creative writing, and collaborate in, for instance, student-led conferences and showcases.

Alongside your formal learning, you’ll have the opportunity to meet acclaimed authors and industry specialists as part of the activities of our Institute of Creative and Critical Writing. Recent guests include author Kit de Waal, poetry activist Jo Bell, agent Cathryn Summerhayes, and Writing West Midlands’ CEO, Jonathan Davidson.

You’ll be part of a thriving creative community, alive with opportunities to develop your creative and critical skills. We encourage you to seek out ways to collaborate with student actors, radio producers, musicians and illustrators across a Faculty equipped with world-class production facilities and an internationally-acclaimed student radio station.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Curzon Building Campus

Department:

School of English

TEF rating:
Read full university profile

What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
low
English studies

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

81%
Staff make the subject interesting
87%
Staff are good at explaining things
86%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
75%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
73%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
63%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Creative writing

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

99%
UK students
1%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
64%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£17,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
61%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

English is one of the most popular degree subjects and in 2015, more than 11,000 students graduated with English degrees - although this does represent a fall from recent years. As good communication is so important to modern business, you can find English graduates in all parts of the economy, although obviously, you can't expect to get a job in science or engineering (computing is a different matter - it's not common but good language skills can be useful in the computing industry). There's little difference in outcomes between English language and English literature degrees, so don't worry and choose the one that suits you best. More English grads took another postgraduate course when they finished their degree than grads from any other subject - this is an important option. Teacher training was a common choice of second degree, as was further study of English, and journalism courses. But many English graduates changed course and trained in law, marketing or other languages -or even subjects further afield such as computing, psychology and even nursing. This is a very flexible degree which gives you a lot of options

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
59%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

The jobs market for this subject - which includes creative writing and scriptwriting courses - is not currently one of the strongest, so unemployment rates are currently looking quite high overall, with salaries on the lower side. But nevertheless, most graduates get jobs quickly. Graduates often go into careers as authors and writers and are also found in other roles where the ability to write well is prized, such as journalism, translation, teaching and advertising and in web content. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers', having several part-time jobs or commissions at once - although graduates from this subject were a little more likely than many other creative arts graduates to be in conventional full time permanent contracts, so that might be worth bearing in mind.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

Creative arts & design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£15k

£15k

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Share this page

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here