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English

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-A,B,B

A-level: English Language / English Literature / English Lit. & Lang. or similar, grade C (32 points) General Studies / Native Language accepted when 1 of 3 A-levels or equivalent.

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

DMM-DDM

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that are equivalent to the typical offer.

UCAS Tariff

112-128

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

English studies

Creative writing

**Why choose this course?**

– Through our Writers’ Centre, Kingston, you’ll have opportunities to get involved in a huge range of professional and creative activities, including poetry festivals and readings by guest authors.

– You’ll be taught by a diverse range of professional, creative and academic experts.

– Many of our graduates have had their work published. Recently, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s debut novel My Sister, The Serial Killer was longlisted for the Booker Prize 2019.

**About this course**

This degree gives you the creative freedom to experiment with reading and writing in a wide variety of genres and media. It’s an exciting, diverse, and stimulating programme that invites you to think about the world differently.

Year-long modules, interactive lecture-workshops, small group seminars, and individual supervisions are designed to support all your needs and abilities. There’s also a range of assessments which will empower you to achieve your best work; this includes traditional essays and dissertations, alongside blogs, critical definitions, and creative pieces.

Throughout your course, you’ll enjoy many extra-curricular events and activities including those organised by the Race/Gender Matters research group, Kingston Language Scheme, and the Writers’ Centre, Kingston.

Modules

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Year 1

- Reading London: Drama, Poetry and Prose
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Writing that Works
- Introduction to Communication

Year 2

- Independent Research Studies
- Independent Creative Writing
- Optional modules including:

- Language and Society
- Language and Cognition
- Style and meaning
- Deadly Desires/Dangerous Discourse: Gothic Literature and Theory
- Being Human: Self, Subject, Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
- Sex and the City: From Victorian Metropolis to Modernist Wasteland
- Transforming Realities: Innovation and Social Change in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature
- Selfhood and Nation: Life and Literature in an Age of Imperial Expansion, 1660-1830
- Content, Form and Creativity

Year 3

- Dissertation
- Professional Communication Skills
- Optional modules, including:

- Special Study: Narrative
- Special Study: Meaning
- Special Study: Discourse and Social Media
- Special Study Language Processing
- Radical Writers
- Children’s Literature for Adult Readers
- Special Author
- American Countercultures
- British Black and Asian Writing
- Imagined Places: Humans, Animals and Cyborgs
- Making Shakespeare: Text, Performance and Adaptation
- Gender and Sexuality
- Creative Writing Dissertation Project
- Creative Writing Special Study: Narrative Techniques in Popular Fiction
- Creative Writing Special Study: Get a Life: Forms of (Auto)biography
- Creative Writing Special Study: Scriptwriting
- Creative Writing Special Study: Poetry: Experiments and Innovations

Assessment methods

Assessment typically comprises exams (eg test or exam), practical (eg presentations, performance) and coursework (eg essays, reports, self-assessment, portfolios, dissertation).

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:

Kingston University

Department:

Department of Humanities

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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.

88%
med
Creative writing

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

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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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
15%
Male students
85%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
4%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
E
D

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

78%
Staff make the subject interesting
86%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
97%
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

91%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
100%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

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.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
63%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Teaching and educational professionals
17%
Childcare and related personal services
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£20,000
high
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
59%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
9%
Childcare and related personal services

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.

English studies

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

£19k

£19k

£21k

£21k

£26k

£26k

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.

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