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Creative & Professional Writing and English Language BA (Hons)

Key features of this course:

  • Opportunities for students to publish their work from the very first week and throughout their undergraduate programme along with an intensive writing ‘retreat’ at the start of the course
  • The course is dynamic and innovative, with highly enthusiastic teaching informed by contemporary research
  • Clear focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and an emphasis on the development of research skills with opportunities to present research outcomes through a student conference in the final year
  • Writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, including through Writing West Midlands and Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Exciting programme of guest speakers and a Student writing magazine: The Fuse
  • Develops evaluation and reflection of linguistic and stylistic choices
  •  Pays particular attention to developing transferable communication and research skills in support of employability and provides the subject content required by those who wish to progress into teaching

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For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the single honours course pages for Creative & Professional Writing and English Language.

Scope of the course content meant that I could research and write in a wide variety of areas, sometimes crossing into other disciplines such as Sociology. This kept the process of studying fresh and interesting.

Josh Crampton, BA (Hons) English Language Joint Honours graduate.

Studied in combination, these two subject areas provide you with exciting opportunities to combine very different types of learning: through academic study, you will investigate the many different factors that determine how English is spoken and written; alongside, you will develop your own creative practice as a writer.

Creative & Professional Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of your own and others’ writing. Throughout, you will be immersed in intellectual issues informing the discipline and practices of writing and learn to place your own writing within contexts of published work. You will develop expertise in commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of publishing and marketing processes alongside working towards your own, creative development. You will work with published writers, professional publishers and editors with a variety of specialisms including poetry, travel writing, writing for the screen, writing fiction, writing for performance, writing for children, feature writing, blogging and copy writing. Your development and achievements will be assessed by means of a wide variety of writing ‘tasks’ and each of your first two years will begin with an intensive weekend writing retreat. Designed to inspire you for the year ahead, the retreats also seed lifelong friendships and develop networks. In your third year, you will undertake a major writing project of your choice, mentored by members of the course team, alongside participating in a range of activity designed to support you to prepare for progression once you have graduated.

In English Language your critical and intellectual faculties are honed in a variety of teaching and learning contexts. You focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and exploration of linguistic and stylistic choices. By your third year you will be carrying out your own independent research projects on aspects of English language as it is used in spoken and written communication   – communication central to the construction of human beings’ identities, and that is as varied, diverse and rich as are its speakers and writers. During the course, there are opportunities for you to undertake work placements, supporting you to recognise and apply the very broad range of transferable skills and competencies that you are developing.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.


Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Jack McGowan 
Course Leader, Creative & Professional Writing
01905 542821

Jenny Lewin-Jones 
Admissions Tutor, English Language

Admissions Office
01905 855111

Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Writing - a tool kit of techniques for creative and professional writing
Describing English


Module options:

Life Writing
Writing Poetry
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference of View
Introduction to Feature Writing
The History of the English Language
Name Studies
Introduction to Sociolinguistics
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Japanese Stage 1
Italian Stage 1
Chinese Mandarin Stage 1

Year 2

Core modules:

Writer as Researcher
Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and Theoretical Matters


Module options:

Environmental Writing
Writing for Children
Intermediate Feature Writing
Language and Power
The English Language in the 21st Century
Research Language Variation
Language Awareness and Analysis in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Year 3

Core modules:

Extended writing project mentored by practitioners


Module options:

Career and Project
Writing for Performance
Hypertexts – Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
World Englishes
Multilingualism Matters
Language, Style & Identity
Introduction to Language Acquisition
Independent Research Project
Work Project Module
Key Concepts and Principles in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Methodology



The course will provide a foundation for students who are interested in developing writing as a profession, for example in the creative industries and/or commercial markets and an understanding of how writers make a living. Graduates from this course will be very successful candidates for careers in teaching because of the emphasis on writing in the new English curricula. Graduates may equally go on to work in sectors such as publishing, the media, marketing and communications. The course also provides an excellent basis for further study or for self-employment as a freelance writer.

Many graduates of English Language will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication. English Language provides continuous opportunities to develop employability skills and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year. 

How to apply

Apply through UCAS

Creative & Professional Writing and English Language BA (Hons) – WQ83

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