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BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Make a career of creativity – learn the skills of a professional writer

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Do you want to turn your love of writing into a professional career? Southampton Solent University’s English and creative writing degree will allow you to develop your own personal writing style while learning about the business of creative writing.

  • The 2015 National Student Survey placed Southampton Solent University in the top ten UK universities for English studies, with a 95 per cent overall satisfaction score.*
  • The course employs an innovative approach to the study of literature.
  • Teaching is delivered by an academic team of researchers and industry professionals.
  • Past students studying on the English and creative writing degree have had opportunities to go on national and international study trips.
  • Students are encouraged to explore their own practical and creative writing interests.
  • There may be the opportunity to study a foreign language alongside degree studies.

* Courses grouped in the English studies JACS subject area, compared to 101 other universities. Students studying full-time on first degrees.

The industry

The creative industries continues to grow and are estimated to employ over 1.8m people in the UK, an increase of 5.5% since 2013 (Department for Culture, Media & Sport, 2015).

Southampton Solent’s English and creative writing degree helps students to develop the practical skills required for a range of roles. Suitable roles include media production, publishing, journalism, creative writing, copywriting, freelance writing, public relations, research or information management.

The programme

Solent’s English and creative writing degree programme provides students with an understanding of how various forms of creative and professional writing are planned, developed and creatively executed, as well as how creative writing theory can be married to creative writing practice.

Core areas of study include literary theory, poetry, writing and play texts. Students also have the opportunity to study a range of optional units, allowing them to delve deeper into specific subjects and focus on areas of writing that are of the most interest.

Students are encouraged to critically analyse, evaluate and interpret the means by which literature, language and creative writing can influence and reflect cultural change. As part of this, students will explore literary texts and learn the craft of writing for a range of industries, developing creative talent and laying the foundations to prepare for a career in creative writing.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop transferable skills including research, analytical, communication and team working skills.

Teaching is delivered by an academic team which includes researchers and industry professionals, many of whom have had their own work published and continue to actively write within their respective industries. Their enthusiasm for their subject area has seen them introduce an innovative approach to the study of literature on this course.

The course has a strong focus on employability and students are supported in finding their own work placements. Students on the English and creative writing course may also have the opportunity to pitch for work experience through our in-house agency, Solent Creatives, providing opportunities to work on live briefs from real-world clients.

We are proud that students studying on Southampton Solent’s English-related courses gave a 96 per cent overall satisfaction rating in the 2014 National Student Survey. This placed the University amongst the top ten UK universities for English studies.

Next steps

Think you've got what it takes to write professionally? Southampton Solent’s innovative English and creative writing degree can help you develop your writing style and build a portfolio of professional work, helping you to take your first step towards a professional writing career.

Have you got a question about applying?


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 372S


  • 4 Years Standard entry 4B6X

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
280 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
112 UCAS Tariff points

  Which Creative University Award 2014    

Year one:


Core units

  • Cultural Fragments: Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Adapting the Novel
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Intro to Writing Craft
  • Intro to Screenwriting Craft
  • Writing and Selling the Short Story.

Year two:


Core units

  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries: The Early Moderns
  • Playtexts in Context
  • Empire and Industry in 19th-Century Literature
  • Professional Publishing: Solent Press
  • Genre and Language
  • Writing: The Industrial and Social Landscape
  • Writing the Novel.

Year three:


Core units

  • Shock Value: Modernism to Post-Modernism
  • Dissertation/Major Project.


  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Solent Press
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • Criminal Texts
  • World Theatre in English
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Storytelling
  • Travel Writing
  • Writing for Young People
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Writing Creative Non-Fiction
  • Curriculum Plus.

Teaching, learning and assessment

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, group discussions, workshops and individual study.

Work experience
Work experience is a core element of Solent courses, and you’ll be encouraged and supported in finding your own placement opportunities. You’ll also be able to find work experience through our in-house agencies, Solent Creatives and Solent Press, which will give you the chance to build your skills on a wide range of briefs from real-world clients.

The course is assessed primarily through essays, research projects, presentations, coursework and your professional portfolio.

Our facilities

A fully equipped IT centre featuring both PC and Mac computers, with video and audio editing programs and industry-standard software packages, including Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXpress. Training and access to photographic equipment is also available.

Study abroad

The four-year European placement variant of the course provides a chance to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

For more information, see 

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study English and creative writing units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading, discussion forums and other course information.

UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 372S


  • 4 Years Standard entry 4B6X

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

You’ll develop the skills required to work in a number of communication and media-based industries. These include media production, teaching, journalism, writing, programme research, sales, copywriting, and information management.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Journalist
  • Press officer
  • Media
  • Researcher (broadcasting, film, video)
  • Public relations office 
  • Freelance writer
  • Publisher
  • Copywriter
  • Author
  • EFL Teacher
  • Records or archive management
  • Librarian.

Links with industry

Students are encouraged to put their skills into practice by seeking placements within media organisations.

Students are also encouraged to work with Solent Creatives, our in-house creative agency, to develop links with employers and enhance their employability skills. This offers the chance to work on one-off assignments and live creative briefs. Students also benefit from guest lectures by industry professionals.

Transferable skills

Throughout the course you’ll develop skills in creative and critical thinking, effective analytical writing, research, presentation and project management.


Key facts


Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Sandwich

Entry requirements


UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

280 points (for 2016 entry) or 112 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Direct entry into the second or third years may be considered for this course.
  • Applicants over the age of 21 may be considered based on relevant experience, without having the required tariff points.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved


Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £10,500 per year

UK and EU part-time fees: £4,500 per year

International part-time fees: Please contact us for information

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Other costs

Optional study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit:

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply


Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services


Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.


UCAS codes


  • 3 Years Standard entry 372S


  • 4 Years Standard entry 4B6X


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