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University of Westminster, London

Creative Writing and English Language

UCAS Code: QW38

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,C,C-B,B,B

To include subjects from English, Humanities or Social Science.

104 - 120  UCAS Tariff points from the Access course in a Humanities subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE minimum Grade 4 (Grade C in grading system prior to 2017) in Maths and English Language.

104 to 120 UCAS Tariff points from the IB including 5 in HL English A/ 6 HL English B and Maths grade 4.

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

D*D-D*D*

D*D/D*D* and an A Level in a Humanities subject.

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

DMM-DDM

This should be in the humanities or a creative subject.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

You may also need to…

Present a portfolio

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subjects

English language

Creative writing

This course combines the opportunity to improve your writing skills with the development of a thorough knowledge and understanding of the structure, history and usage of the English language. In addition to studying how the language works in its spoken and written forms, and the different kinds of English that exist today, the course provides structured support and guidance in the development of writing skills in various genres (the novel, the short story, poetry, drama, and non-?ctional writing).

Your knowledge and understanding of English will be enhanced by focusing on its aesthetic possibilities. The course will also equip you with the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

This particular combination is suitable for those interested in pursuing a career in any ?eld that involves the highly skilled use of language, such as publishing or journalism, professional writing, or teaching. You could also go on to a career that includes teaching related to language or creative writing.

Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/ minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies, but in each year modules deepen your knowledge of the English language and its use, and develop your writing abilities.

In Year 3 you will produce either a single substantial work (novel or play) or a portfolio of shorter work (short ?ction or poetry).

There is a strong focus on future career opportunities, with a programme of visiting speakers from relevant professional areas, and an opportunity to do an internship in Year 3. You will also have the opportunity to take a Westminster elective module from across the University in each year of study.

The main mode of teaching is through seminars and workshops, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment methods include essays, exams, creative exercises, presentations, blogs and portfolios.

To study creative writing you should submit a portfolio of creative writing (maximum 10,000 words) of an individual or mixture of genres that you have written privately (not as part of a taught course). You may include poetry with prose works, but please do not submit solely poetry.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£14,400
per year
International
£14,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Westminster, London

Department:

School of Humanities

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.

72%
low
English language

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 language

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
76%
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

93%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
71%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Creative writing

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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?

75%
UK students
25%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
15%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
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 language

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
92%
low
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
17%
Teaching and educational professionals
11%
Artistic, literary and media occupations

Creative 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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
94%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
12%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
12%
Teaching and educational 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 language

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

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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.

Creative writing

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

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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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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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