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Creative & Professional Writing and History 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
  • Exciting programme of guest speakers and a student writing magazine: The Fuse
  • Writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms
  • A wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles
  • Opportunities to gain work experience, study abroad for a semester, be involved in volunteering activities and to act as a student representative and paid ambassador
  • Excellent work placement opportunities, including through Writing West Midlands and Ledbury Poetry Festival
  • Assessment is mostly by coursework for the History element and is designed to enable you to acquire skills in research, analysis and communication – all of which are highly valued by employers
  • Ready access to the nationally significant resources of Worcestershire County Archives Service, which is based in The Hive (the university library)

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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 History.

Studied as Joint Honours, Creative & Professional Writing and History provide you with exciting opportunities to combine very different types of learning. In tandem with developing your writing for creative and professional contexts, you will be involved in research and writing associated with academic study in the humanities. You will be combining academic investigation of the processes and practices by which we understand historical events, contexts and phenomena with ‘practice-based’ enquiry into writing itself. As you progress, you may choose to select modules that maintain a wide-ranging approach across the two courses or, alternatively, you can hone and focus in on particular topics, creating opportunities to develop extended projects that bring your interests closer together.

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.

History at Worcester is designed to enable you to study the types of history that appeal to you most. Informed by cutting-edge research on key questions of our time, it offers you the opportunity to study the political, cultural and social history of Britain, Europe and the wider world from the 16th to 20th centuries. The course begins with a broad introduction to many of today’s debates surrounding history and approaches to historical study. It ends with the opportunity for you to produce a major piece of work on a topic of your choice, supported by one-to-one supervision. History provides you with opportunities to benefit directly from your lecturers’ cutting-edge research and research interests – which include, amongst many others, the Devil in Tudor and Stuart England, US propaganda in the Second World War, appeasement, the transatlantic slave trade and the home front in World Wars 1 and 2.

Both subject areas are committed to supporting your understanding of the range of possibilities that could be available to you on graduation and, to that end, you can undertake work placements as part of your formal study, explore opportunities for postgraduate study and investigate, with those who are already following them, career paths in teaching, the creative and cultural industries, heritage, the media, marketing and PR, research and the many other employment sectors and fields in which history and writing graduates find work.  There are, sometimes, ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities to work with staff, and courses regularly advertise volunteering opportunities to work with local organisations.

In combination, Creative & Professional Writing and History will be an interesting prospect if writing is your obsession and if aspects of history and the lives and events of other times are what excite your curiosity.


Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points



Study options

Full-time or part-time study available

Get in touch

Jack McGowan 
Course Leader, Creative & Professional Writing
01905 542821

Neil Fleming
Admissions Tutor, History
01905 85 5323

Admissions Office
01905 855111  


Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

Introduction to Writing - a tool kit of techniques for creative and professional writing
How to do History


Module options:

Life Writing
Writing Poetry
Creativity in Women’s Writing: Difference of View
Introduction to Feature Writing
World History
The Early Modern
World Ideology and Conflict in Europe Since 1789
Reconstructing the Past
Twentieth-Century Britain: Conflict, Stability and Change
An Introduction to Media History
TV History
Introduction to Heritage
Improving English usage and style in academic writing
French Stage 1
German Stage 1
Spanish Stage 1
Italian Stage 1

Year 2

Core modules:

Writer as Researcher


Module options:

Environmental Writing
Writing for Children
Intermediate Feature Writing
Methods and Debates in History
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690
Twentieth-Century USA
Religion and Society in Early Modern England, 1532 – 1660
The German Lands in the Nineteenth Century
British Women’s History, 1790 – 2000
Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951 (A)
Britain in the Long Nineteenth-Century, 1789 – 1914
From Slavery to Civil Rights: African Americans, 1860 – 1960
British Women’s History, 1900 – 2000
The German Empire, 1862 – 1918
The Victorian Century
(Re)Presenting the Past: History in Film
History Work Experience Module
The Civil Rights Movement in the USA, 1890 – 1960
Sex and Society in England, 1600 – 1900
Modern Japan, 1854 – 1951
Politics, Religion and Society in Ireland Since 1690 – 1848
Politics and Society in the Twentieth-Century Russia
Displaying the Past: Museums, Artefacts and Collections
Visions of England: History, Heritage and Identity
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion

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
Independent Study
The Atlantic Slave Trade
The USA and World War Two
The Home Front: Britain 1939 – 45
Martin Luther King Jr. and His Opponents
Hollywood Goes to War
Nazi Germany
Empire and Appeasement
Jack the Ripper: History, Literature and Myth
Propaganda and Politics in the 20th Century
Ireland Since 1848
History Extension Module
Britain in the Global Economy
Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
Remembrance, Memory and Memorials



The Creative and Professional writing aspect of this joint honours degree 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.

History Joint Honours graduates from Worcester have progressed in recent years to take up work in a variety of career sectors, including teaching, accountancy, law, the media industries, local government, the police, retailing, administration, marketing, management and university lecturing and research. A growing number of our graduates progress to postgraduate research in history, both at the University of Worcester and at other universities. Thus, History remains an attractive and personally satisfying degree to study, with a strong track record of supporting graduate employability in a range of professional, managerial, administrative and media-related careers.

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