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University of Reading

English Literature with Creative Writing

UCAS Code: Q3W8

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

A level English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

Access to HE Diploma

D:18,M:27

Must include at least 12 level 3 credits in English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2

Principal subjects must include English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

Extended Project

B

In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification provides to students for University study, we now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.  Eligible applicants would receive two offers,  our usual offer plus an alternative offer of a B in the EPQ and one grade lower in their A level subjects

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths C (or 4), English Language or English Literature C (or 4).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Higher Level English Literature or a related subject at 5. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

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

DDM

Modules taken must be comparable to A level English Literature or a related subject. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

Higher English Literature or a related subject at grade B. Related subjects: English Language & Literature, English Language, Drama & Theatre Studies, Creative Writing.

UCAS Tariff

120-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

English literature

Creative writing

Explore literature from all angles with our BA English Literature with Creative Writing course.

In your literature modules, you will be introduced to important, exciting, diverse writers from across the centuries and the globe, and in creative writing, you will explore literary creativity from the inside: creating characters, shaping poems, and drawing on your imagination.

The two sides of the degree complement and challenge each other. The great writers from the past and present who you study will inspire and influence your writing. Meanwhile, creating your own work will help you understand technique and form in ways that will sharpen your analysis of literary texts.

You will learn from active, prize-winning authors from our Department of English Literature. These academics have years of experience with the nuts-and bolts of writing, and they will closely read and advise you on your work.

Our academics have also published research on everything from medieval poetry to contemporary Caribbean and American fiction, and they will help you to develop your own literary enthusiasms.

In your literature modules, you will examine well-known authors and genres, such as tragedy and gothic literature, Shakespeare and Plath. You’ll also be introduced to aspects of literary studies that may be less familiar to you, such as children's literature, publishing studies, and the history of the book.

During your first year, you will develop the advanced skills in literary analysis necessary for undergraduate work. For example, you'll: explore the different ways that literary texts respond to their cultural context; trace the development of English-language poetry over time and across the globe; and examine how literary texts accrue new meanings in the process of interpretation. In your second year, you can choose modules that range from Renaissance lyric poetry to contemporary fiction. In your third year, your module choices are more diverse and specialised. For example, you can do archive work or look at the politics of literature.

In your creative writing modules, you will be introduced to all the major forms, including fiction, drama, poetry, and creative non-fiction.

In your second year you can specialise in the areas you feel most excited by. In your third year, you’ll participate in our masterclasses. These are advanced modules in your chosen literary form, where you will read and discuss very recently published texts, identify and write about the themes that are currently popular and fresh, and be encouraged to pursue publication yourself as part of the module assessment. You can also write at a greater length by choosing to do a creative writing dissertation.

Small workshop sessions are the heart of our writing community: guided by a lecturer, you and your fellow students will gain confidence as your share your writing and help each other improve. You will also have the opportunity to publish your work – and gain experience in editing and publishing – through our annual Creative Writing Anthology.

We place a strong emphasis on small-group learning within a friendly and supportive environment. In your first and second years, you will attend a mix of larger-scale lectures as well as seminars of no more than 14 people. In your third year, all of your studies will take place in seminars taught by research-active experts.

Our team of poets, fiction and non-fiction writers provide detailed and thorough feedback on your written work. This is crucial to your development as a writer, whether you intend a career in creative or professional writing.

You'll enter the job market with highly developed research and communication skills. You will know how to access reliable information on any topic and present your findings in clear and persuasive language. Some of our students decide to continue their studies, and others have successful careers in fields such as law, business, web design, teaching, and journalism.

Modules

Sample modules may include:

- Genre and Context
- Poetry in English
- Research and Criticism
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Persuasive Writing

Check our website for more details of the course structure.

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
£17,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Reading

Department:

English Literature

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.

74%
low
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.

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Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
97%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
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

60%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
71%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

95%
UK students
5%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

English studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

90%
UK students
10%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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.

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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
50%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Other administrative occupations

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
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Average annual salary
95%
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Employed or in further education
49%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Other administrative occupations
9%
Other elementary services 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.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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Creative arts & design

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