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English and Creative Writing

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,C,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 104-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including English at grade C. Applicants may be requested to provide a portfolio to support their application.

106-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (relevant subject).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-46, to include a Principal Subject in Literature in English at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from Higher Level English.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H3,H3,H4,H4


To include Higher Level English at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English Qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.

104-112 Tariff points, including English at grade D.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

104-112

104-112 points, including 32 points from A level English, or equivalent.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subjects

English literature

Creative writing

**Overview**
Are you an aspiring writer? Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

**What you'll experience**
On this English and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:
- Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving

- Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing

- Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions

- Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog

- Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

**Careers and opportunities**
When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:
- creative writing (prose, poetry, script)

- copywriting

- publishing

- advertising and marketing

- arts and events management

- local and community broadcasting

- teaching

Roles our graduates have taken on include:
- editor

- publishing assistant

- copywriter

- information abstractor

- narrator

- projects administrator

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year currently include:
- Body Politics
- Telling Tales
- The Short Story: Murder, Madness and Experimentation
- Tips, Tricks, Techniques
- True Stories

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year currently include:
- Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Bloody Shakespeare: The Politics and Poetics of Violence
- Creative Writing and Critical Thinking
- Creative Writing for Comedy
- Creative Writing for Film
- Crime Writing
- Dystopian and Apocalyptic Environments: Ecocrisis in the Literary Imagination
- Engaged Citizenship through Interdisciplinary Practice
- Film, Media and Communication Study Exchange
- Finding Form: Fiction
- Finding Form: Non-fiction
- Finding Form: Speculative Fiction
- Finding Form: Writing for Performance
- Press and Public Relations
- Professional Experience
- Research in Practice
- Space, Place and Being
- Student Enterprise
- Women's Writing in the Americas

Year 3
Core modules:
- English Literature Dissertation, or
- Creative Writing Dissertation

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
- Fact and Fiction
- Fan Fiction
- Holocaust Literatures
- Magical Realism
- Neo-Historical Fiction
- Time, Temporality, Contemporary Fiction
- Travel Writing
- US Masculinities
- Writing Project (With Publishing)

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

- short stories
- a novel in progress
- a screenplay
- a collection of poems
- a video production
- presentations
- reports
- a research portfolio
- examinations
- dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 8% by written exams and 92% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

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
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries

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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.

75%
med
English literature
72%
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.

Literature in english

Teaching and learning

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
72%
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

54%
Library resources
75%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
49%
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?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
18%
Male students
82%
Female students
83%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

55%
Library resources
74%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
33%
Male students
67%
Female students
93%
2:1 or above
15%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
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.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals

Imaginative writing

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
100%
high
Employed or in further education
42%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

24%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
18%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
11%
Media professionals

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.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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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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