English and Creative Writing (BA (Hons))

University of Portsmouth the United Kingdom

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The award
BA (Hons)

How long you will study
3 - 4 Years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time, sandwich

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About English and Creative Writing at University of Portsmouth

Overview

Have you always dreamed about writing your own novel or publishing your own work?

On this BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree course, you’ll fuel your writing with inspiration drawn from the study of great literature. You’ll develop your voice and hone your craft under the guidance of published authors, poets and playwrights.

This course provides you with the skills and market awareness to succeed in disciplines such as writing, editing, publishing and teaching.

What you'll experience

On this English and Creative Writing degree course you’ll:

  • Develop your ability to write as a critic and creator, and become an expert in the history of literature, its modern trends and how the written word is evolving
  • Learn techniques for producing short stories, poetry and plays and learn to dissect, critique and perform your writing
  • Tailor your studies, choosing module options that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Publish your work in our annual anthology and course blog
  • Learn from visiting professional novelists, poets and playwrights, such as Andy McNab, Francesca Beard and Suzi Feay

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • short stories
  • a novel in progress
  • a screenplay
  • a collection of poems
  • a video production
  • presentations
  • reports
  • a research portfolio
  • examinations
  • dissertation/project

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 8% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 75% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 8% by written exams and 92% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies, build links in the industry and enhance your writing portfolio.

Placement yearAfter your second year, you can spend a year putting your writing skills into practice on an optional placement. This gives you valuable workplace skills and builds your CV. You’ll have access to Creative Careers; a team within the faculty helping students to find placement opportunities within the creative industries. They’ll provide you with a database of placement vacancies, support with your job search, including help with applications and interviews, and support throughout your placement, should you need it.

We have plenty of links with potential employers. Previous students have taken a placement year with big name organisations, such as:

  • Red Apple Creative, working as an audiobook production assistant
  • Debenhams, working as an editorial assistant

Interested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this course, you'll have the necessary knowledge, skills and market awareness to enter a variety of creative careers. You could also go on to postgraduate study or research.

What can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Previous graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • creative writing (prose, poetry, script)
  • copywriting
  • publishing
  • advertising and marketing
  • arts and events management
  • local and community broadcasting
  • teaching

What jobs can you do with an English and Creative Writing degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • editor
  • publishing assistant
  • copywriter
  • information abstractor
  • narrator
  • projects administrator

You'll get help and support from our Careers and Employability service in finding your first role and for 5 years after you graduate.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBA (Hons)How you will studyFull-time, SandwichHow long you will study3 - 4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance/tuition-fees-living-costs-and-other-study-costs

Entry requirements

104-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels or equivalent, including 32 points from A level English. Applicants may be required to submit a portfolio of written work.


English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Don't meet the entry requirements?

Consider a Foundation or Pathway course at University of Portsmouth to prepare for your chosen course:

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