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CW01 BA English with Creative Writing

How do you become a better writer? Our programme allows you to develop your creative skills while honing your critical reading across a range of genres and periods. Workshops on core creative writing modules will enrich your understanding of short stories, novels, poetry, scriptwriting and narrative non-fiction, and encourage you to reflect on your own craft.

Our broad range of optional modules explore the political and social debates raised by literature, uncover the cultural and historical contexts that shape literary forms, and introduce you to writing from around the world. Your final project gives you the opportunity to complete an extended piece of imaginative writing, guided by our award-winning novelists, journalists, and playwrights.

Available for 2020 entry

Each year of the course offers you a range of core options in creative writing and English studies, allowing you to build your knowledge of writing in a range of genres and traditions. You will be encouraged to make connections between your critical and creative practice throughout the degree programme. You can also enrich your degree and with optional modules from other subject areas, including film studies and languages

We support your professional practice with an arts ambassador scheme, regular readings and writers’ events, and opportunities to take paid internships in a range of arts organisations. One of our modules offers a schools placement, and you will have vocational opportunities in Southampton arts institutions. There are active student societies for film, TV and radio, offering media experience.

Programme Structure

As part of your degree you can:

Location and awarding body

The course location is Avenue Campus in Southampton. The awarding body is University of Southampton.

How to apply

When you apply use:

UCAS Course Code: CW01

UCAS Institution Code: S27

Apply for 2020 entry now. You can still apply even though the UCAS key date of 15 January has passed.

What happens after you apply

We will assess your application on the strength of your:

  • combination of subjects
  • predicted grades
  • academic achievements
  • personal statement
  • academic reference

We aim to respond to you within 2 to 6 weeks with a decision about your application.

We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.

Life at Southampton

Grow as a person, make lifelong friends, and do the things you have always wanted to do while you study.

You will find a friendly, diverse and welcoming home when you study at University of Southampton. Working, living and socialising with students from more than 130 countries you can become part of a global community on our campuses.

Clubs, societies and facilities

Enjoy vibrant campuses with cafes, restaurants, bars and facilities including health centres, banks and a student shop.

Be inspired by arts and culture with an internationally-known theatre, concert hall and art gallery and opportunities including gigs, concerts, theatre, exhibitions, writers workshops.

Make use of great sporting facilities including more than 80 sports clubs and the £8.5m Jubilee Sports Centre with its 25-metre pool.

Get involved with student life with more than 300 clubs and societies and a calendar of social activities in every hall of residence.

Support while you study

Starting university is a big step. We can help you make the most of student life.

Find out more about all the support we can provide, including help with:

  • mental health, disability and learning needs
  • money and accommodation
  • childcare
  • computers, software and IT

Typical entry requirements

For 2020 entry
QualificationGrade
GCSE Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
GCE A-Level AAB including English Literature or a related subject*
GCE A-Level with Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: ABB including English Literature or a related subject* and grade A in the EPQ.
GCE A-Level with Contextual offer We are committed to ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: ABB including English Literature or a related subject*
A-level additional information Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Welsh Baccalaureate offer AAB from 3 A levels including English Literature or a related subject*
or
AA from 2 A levels including English Literature or a related subject* and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
International Baccalaureate Diploma
offer
Pass, with 34 points overall with 17 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in English Literature or a related subject*.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Applications where Higher Level subjects have been studied without the full Diploma, will also be considered on a case by case basis.
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP)
offer
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma offer 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 39 must be at Distinction and 6 credits at Merit, to include 6 Distinctions in English Literature or a related subject*. *Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (first awarded 2017) H1 H2 H2 H2 H2 H2 including English Literature or a related subject*
Irish Leaving Certificate offer (last awarded 2016) A2 A2 A2 B1 B1 B1 including English or a related subject*.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Scottish Qualification offers Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education. Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Cambridge Pre-U offer D3 D3 M2 in three principal subjects including English Literature or a related subject*.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
Level 3 BTEC (QCF) offer (unreformed) Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject* and A in one further A level.
Level 3 BTEC (RQF) offer (reformed) Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject*.
Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus A in A level English Literature or a related subject* and A in one further A level.
*Related subject includes History, English Language and Literature, English Language or Drama and Theatre Studies.
European Baccalaureate offer 80% overall including grade 8 in English Literature or a related subject*
International qualifications Find a list of accepted international qualifications listed by country. This is a list of the international qualifications that are recognised by the University of Southampton. If you are not sure that your qualifications meet the requirements of this course please contact our Admissions Teams.
English language requirements All applicants must demonstrate they possess at least a minimum standard of English language proficiency. Applicants requiring a visa to study in the UK who do not offer GCSE English language (or GCSE English) at the required level will need to meet the following English language proficiency requirement. Find out more about the University’s English Language requirements. Band C IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in all components.
Other international qualifications

Find your equivalent qualifications listed by country.

Other ways to qualify

You might be able to meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:

  • our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)
  • skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)

Find out more about our Admissions Policy.

Selection process:
Intake:
200
Average applications per place:
8

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of poetry, prose, and drama. Creative writing modules will develop your understanding of short stories, novels, poetry, scriptwriting and narrative non-fiction.

Your degree can be further complemented by taking up to 25% of modules in other subject areas, including modern languages, music, and philosophy.

Year 1

Your first year will introduce to new forms of literature and new creative and critical approaches. You will take three core modules to develop your understanding of literary criticism, essay writing and collaborative research. This will enable you to develop your own perspectives. You will take an introductory module on creative writing, which will explore story structure. You can also choose modules from topics including:

  • world drama
  • poetic language
  • migration and literature
Semester One
Compulsory

ENGL1 – A stranger Come to Town, Introduction to Creative Writing

ENGL1087Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ENGL1080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL1079 – Stage and Screen

ENGL1086Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1090Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

In your second year, you will explore creative genres and forms in more depth. Typically, you wil take core modules in four areas of creative writing:

  • short stories
  • scriptwriting
  • experimental writing
  • how writers influence each other

You will also deepen your knowledge of literature from different periods, choosing from core modules in Renaissance culture, Romanticism, and modernism. You can choose additional options across English, film studies, philosophy and beyond, including:

  • world literature after globalisation
  • African worlds
  • Victorian feelings
  • sweatshops and sex workers
  • images of women
  • film adaptation
Semester One
Compulsory
ENGL2075Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

ENGL3092 – Great Writers Steal

ENGL2078Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional

ENGL2037 – Children’s Literature ENGL2093 – Contemporary Fiction and Visual Culture

ENGL2091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2052Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2092Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL2102 – Modernist Fervour, Modernist Form

ENGL2080Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

ENGL2005 – Romanticism ENGL2100 – Shakespeare Then and Now ENGL2061 – The Nineteenth Century Novel

ENGL2094Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL2073 – Visions of Beowulf

ENGL2092Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 3

In your final year, you will expand your creative writing in prose, poetry, and narrative non-fiction. You will write a dissertation on a research topic of your choice, or complete a creative project.

You will choose core creative writing modules covering:

  • writing the novel
  • narrative non-fiction
  • creative writing in schools
  • poetry and the non-human

You will also be able to choose modules from a wide range of literary topics, including:

  • literature of islands and oceans
  • American drama
  • utopias and dystopias
  • the historical novel
Semester Two
Compulsory
ENGL3049Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
HUMA3011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3056Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

ENGL3079 – Visions of Beowulf

Optional
ENGL3091Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL3053 – Chaucer and his World

ENGL3015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL3007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3083Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3041Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL3089Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL3069 – Love and Death in Africa’s Cities ENGL3081 – Money and Meaning in American Fiction ENGL3045 – Post-War American Jewish Literature

ENGL3058Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

ENGL3003 – Rakes and Libertines ENGL3088 – Sex and the City in Stuart Drama

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
English with Creative WritingBA2020Full time£9,250£17,065
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Accommodation Fees

What your fees pay for

Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.

Find out how to:

  • pay your tuition fees
  • calculate your student finances

Extra costs you might have to pay

You will be responsible for paying certain costs not covered by the tuition fee. These include:

  • study abroad and exchange fees
  • personal computer or laptop and data storage devices
  • books that are not available in the library
  • equipment and materials used in projects
  • costs related to modules from different courses

Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees.

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  • accommodation costs
  • living costs
  • budgeting advice

Bursaries, scholarships and other funding

Read an overview of the bursaries, scholarships and other funding we offer at Southampton.

Get in touch for advice about student money matters.

Bursaries

If you’re a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000/year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs.

If you are a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.

Scholarships and grants

You may be able to get a scholarship or grant that is linked to your chosen subject area.

We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from underrepresented backgrounds.

Support during your course

The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.

Funding for international students

Find out about funding you could get as an international student.

 

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Contact hours with teaching staff

You will have your own personal academic tutor who will offer support and advice throughout your studies.

You will have 12+ weekly contact hours, including lectures and seminars.

Learning support hours are attached to individual modules. You’ll have 3-4 learning support hours per week. Depending on your needs, they might take the form of

  • supervised study or conversation with your tutor
  • one-to-one tutorials
  • group work
  • practical workshops
  • specialist skills training

Your scheduled learning, teaching and independent study

Type of studyYear 1Year 2Year 3
Scheduled learning & teaching study 16% 16% 13%
Independent study 84% 84% 87%

Other academic resources

We offer additional academic support with First Things First workshops series, covering study skills for English. Our Royal Literary Fund fellows offer free one-to-one tutorials on writing.

We support your professional practice with an arts ambassador scheme, regular readings and writers’ events, and opportunities to take paid internships in a range of arts organisations. One of our modules offers a schools placement, and you will have vocational opportunities in Southampton arts institutions.

Director of Programmes

Professor Stephen Morton is the director of programmes in English.

How we will assess you

We will assess you using:

  • essays and dissertations
  • creative fiction, poetry, prose and scripts
  • oral presentations
  • journals
  • portfolios
  • blogs
  • group essays
  • student self-assessment and team work
  • critical commentaries

Assessment breakdown

MethodYear 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams 0% 9% 18%
Practical exams 6% 0% 0%
Coursework 94% 91% 82%

Study Locations

Student life

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