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What makes Creative Writing and History at Worcester special?

This Joint Honours degree provides you with exciting opportunities to combine very different types of learning. You'll learn through the academic investigation of the processes by which we understand historical events and a ‘practice-based’ enquiry into writing. Creative Writing aims to nurture your confidence as a writer and to support your development as a critical and skilful analyst of writing. You'll also develop your commercial practice (writing for magazines, reviewing, scriptwriting, editing) and understanding of the publishing industry.

Studying History at Worcester allows you to learn history as it is being written, contributing to research. You'll also get work placement opportunities in archives, museums and community groups, which will allow you to understand the relevance of history to modern life. You'll study a wide range of modules in British, European and World History from the 16th to 20th centuries. In combination, Creative 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.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Opportunities for students to publish their work from the very first week and throughout their undergraduate programme.
  • Exciting programme of guest speakers and a student writing magazine: The Fuse.
  • Experience in writing for a range of digital, print, audio, visual and performance platforms.
  • Work placement opportunities in archives, museums and community groups.
  • Delivered by highly experienced, supportive and expert lecturers with international research profiles.
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honours degree.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS Tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

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

Optional

  • 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
  • Language modules

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Writer as Researcher

Optional

  • Environmental Writing 
  • Writing for Children 
  • Playwriting
  • 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

Mandatory

  • Extended writing project mentored by practitioners

Optional

  • Career and Project
  • Writing for Performance 
  • Hypertexts – Creative Writing in a Digital Culture
  • Independent Study
  • Nationalism 
  • 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 
  • Witchcraft
  • Ireland Since 1848 
  • History Extension Module
  • Britain in the Global Economy
  • Heritage Tourism and Place Promotion
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
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Joint Honours

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History and the City of Worcester

The city of Worcester resounds with history and provides an ideal environment for the study of the past. 

It is best known perhaps for its central role in the English Civil War. Worcester was the scene of its final battle when Oliver Cromwell defeated a Scottish army led by Charles II.  

The city also boasts one of the finest cathedrals in the country. King John, famous for agreeing to the Magna Carta, is buried there. During your time at the University you will be able to visit the cathedral library with its priceless collection of rare books and manuscripts, including letters signed by Charles I.

The city contains beautiful historic streets and many buildings dating from the seventeenth century.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

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

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest Creative Writing programme specification and History programme specification.

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Creative 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.’ 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. You can undertake work placements as part of your formal study and explore opportunities for postgraduate study. There are sometimes ‘earn as you learn’ opportunities to work with staff, and courses regularly advertise volunteering opportunities to work with local organisations.

You can also 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. 
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Prof Maggie Andrews

Maggie is a cultural historian whose work covers the social and cultural history of twentieth century Britain and the representation of that history within popular culture. 

She was a lead expert on the BBC’s Home Front series, marking the centenary of WWI, and has spoken extensively at high profile conferences and across a host of radio and television channels on this topic, particularly exploring evacuations and the role of women.

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Dr Jack McGowan

Jack’s research focuses on contemporary poetry and poetics, and he specializes in the development of performance poetry in the UK since the mid-20th century, and the oral roots of poetry.

Jack is a performance poet with 10 years of experience on the UK spoken word scene and he writes for both performance and page publication.

Careers

Where could it take you?

The Creative 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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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

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