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Solent University (Southampton)

English and Creative Writing (3 years)

UCAS Code: 372S

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

Entry requirements


A minimum of 2 A Levels required.

Accepted when studied alongside other Level 3 qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

M:45

Pass in Access course with 60 credits overall including 45 Level 3 credits passed with a minimum of Merit.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

HNC (BTEC)

P-D

HND (BTEC)

P-M

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

28-31

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Diploma (QCF)

D*D

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

D*D

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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

DMM

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

From a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualifications such as BTEC Extended Diploma or OCR Extended Diploma. For detailed information on accepted qualifications, please view our Course Entry Statement (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/documents/course-entry-requirement-statement.pdf) Solent University is a proud champion of widening participation. For further information about our contextual offer, please visit our website (https://www.solent.ac.uk/how-to-apply/what-next/contextual-offers).

This qualification is accepted when taken alongside other qualifications.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

Creative writing

English literature

**Solent University’s English and Creative Writing subject area is ranked ninth in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2020.**

This innovative degree offers the perfect blend of creative and practical professional skills, giving you the chance to develop as a writer and find your unique personal voice – while learning the essential skills and best practice to operate as a professional writer in publishing or other writing-based sectors.

At Solent you will expand your familiarity with literature, and expand your mind, becoming a more innovative and globally-conscious writer with a huge range of classic and cutting-edge writing techniques at your command.

You will study how various forms of creative and professional writing are planned, developed and creatively executed, as well as how creative writing theory can be married to creative writing practice.

Core areas of study include literary theory, poetry, writing, play texts and publishing. And a range of exciting optional modules will offer the chance to delve deeper into specific subjects and specialisms, focusing on the areas of writing that are of the most interest to you.

The course has a strong focus on employability and helping you kickstart a great career. You can develop transferable skills in research, analytical thinking, communication and teamwork – essential for any professional career – as well as working on live briefs from real-world clients. And you’ll even have the chance to become a published author, building up a portfolio of work that demonstrates your style and skills to prospective publishers or employers.

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

**What does this course lead to?**
You’ll develop the skills required to work in a number of communication and media-based industries, including writing, publishing, media production, teaching, journalism, programme research, sales, copywriting, and information management.

**Who is this course for?**
This course is for you if you want to use your creative writing skills within the publishing, media or creative industries. Students have plenty of opportunities to build a portfolio of published work, so if you are new to creative writing, this course is a great way to kick-start your career.

Modules

YEAR 1 - CORE MODULES
Key moments in the History of the Novel
Puritans to Potter: Young Adult Fiction and Children's Literature
Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
Making and Reading Poetry
Writing Sensation and Scandal
Writing and Selling the Short Story

YEAR 2 - CORE MODULES
Drama, Script and Performance
The Business of Independent Publishing
Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature
Literature and Film of the 'New World'
Writing the Novel
Speculative Fiction

YEAR 3 - CORE MODULES
Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts
Dissertation / FMP
After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth?

YEAR 3 - OPTIONS (please note that not all options are guaranteed to run each year)
Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction
Work Experience
Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature
Radical Re-Readings

Assessment methods

The course is assessed primarily through essays, research projects, presentations, coursework and your professional portfolio.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

The Uni


Course location:

Solent University (Southampton)

Department:

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies

TEF rating:
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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.

100%
high
Creative writing
100%
high
English literature

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.

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
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

90%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
75%
Course specific equipment and facilities
90%
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?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
26%
Male students
74%
Female students
94%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
B
B

English studies (non-specific)

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
94%
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

81%
Library resources
66%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
94%
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?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
1%
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.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
69%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

19%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Teaching and educational professionals
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

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.

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.

£16,618
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
11%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

£15k

£15k

£20k

£20k

£22k

£22k

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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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.

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Graduate field commentary:

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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?

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