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

English Language and Creative Writing

Entry requirements


Sorry, no information to show

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

English studies

English language

Creative writing

Are you passionate about the study of English and ambitious to apply your knowledge of the subject to innovative creative writing practice? If so, our English language and creative writing degree will provide you with the skills you need to transform yourself into the professional writer you’ve always wanted to be.

Designed to cover a wide range of genres, historical periods and styles, this course will allow you to engage with the political, cultural and social ideas you need to develop your own imaginative work. You’ll explore the structure and evolution of language in relation to your own creative writing, mastering the tools and techniques required to break new ground and establish yourself as a professional writer.

In today’s competitive job market, employers in the creative industries are increasingly looking for candidates who are not only talented writers, but who also possess strong communication and organisational skills. With a degree in English language and creative writing, you’ll not only be nurturing your flair for the written word, but also developing highly versatile skillsets that provide instant value in the professional workplace.

**You will:**
- Join a close community of award-winning professional writers who are experts in their fields

- Develop a wide range of skills through masterclasses with writers, literary agents, publishers, commissioners and directors

- Pursue your own interests in the study of English language and creative writing

- Be equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to establish yourself as a creative professional

**Visit our English Language and Creative Writing degree CourseFinder webpage -** https://bit.ly/3j7ZWMS
**Explore all of our English courses and read our helpful FAQs -** https://bit.ly/3r8wqJG
**Sign-up to an Open Day or Campus Tour** - https://bit.ly/3sAsT8m

Modules

**Year one**
- Foundations of Language I
- Foundations of Language II
- Creative Practice: Observation, Imagination and Representation
- Varieties of English
- Working the Text
- Language Through Literature

**Year two - You will choose from the below modules:**
- Sounds of English
- Structure of English
- Language Acquisition
- Truth and Meaning
- History and Diversity in English
- Key Concepts and Skills in TESOL
- Corpus Approaches to Language
- University Wide Language Programme
- Theatre Industry: Critical Writing and Contemporary Debates
- Writing Poetry in the 21st Century
- Introduction to Children’s Literature
- Researching and Planning The Novel
- Playwriting
- Reptiles of Genius
- Page to Stage: Drama Texts in Translation
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Analysing Media Texts

**Year three**
- Final Portfolio
Optional modules include:
- Dissertation
- Language and Communication
- Northern Voices
- Contemporary Trends in the Study of Language
- Critical Issues in TESOL
- The Language of Names
- Biography: Tradition and Innovation
- Visual Text
- University Wide Language Programme
- Health Communication

Visit our English Language and Creative Writing degree CourseFinder webpage - https://bit.ly/3j7ZWMS

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

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.

81%
med
English language
85%
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

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?

71%
UK students
29%
International students
41%
Male students
59%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
C

English language

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
82%
Staff are good at explaining things
87%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
64%
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

75%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
86%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
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
22%
Male students
78%
Female students
85%
2:1 or above
13%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

Creative writing

Teaching and learning

85%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
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

79%
Library resources
92%
IT resources
67%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
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?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
48%
Male students
52%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
14%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
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.

£16,640
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
41%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

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

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.

£16,316
low
Average annual salary
89%
low
Employed or in further education
33%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
21%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

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.

£17k

£17k

£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.

Explore these similar courses...

Higher entry requirements
University of Huddersfield
English Language with Creative Writing
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time | 2022
Lower entry requirements
University of Chester
Creative Writing and English Language
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time | 2022
Nearby University
Edge Hill University
English Language with Creative Writing
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
3.0 years | Full-time | 2022
Same University
University of Salford
English Language and Creative Writing with Foundation Year
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
4.0 years | Full-time | 2022

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).

This is the percentage of final-year students at this university who were "definitely" or "mostly" satisfied with their course. We've analysed this figure against other universities so you can see whether this is high, medium or low.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), for undergraduate students only.

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