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About the course

This innovative degree offers the perfect blend of creative and practical professional skills, giving you the chance to develop as a writer and find your unique personal voice – while learning the essential skills and best practice to operate as a professional writer in publishing or other writing-based sectors.

BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing is ranked number 1 in the UK and scored 100% overall satisfaction for National Student Survey 2020. 

At Solent you will expand your familiarity with literature, and expand your mind, becoming a more innovative and globally-conscious writer with a huge range of classic and cutting-edge writing techniques at your command.

You will study 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, play texts and publishing. And a range of exciting optional modules will offer the chance to delve deeper into specific subjects and specialisms, focusing on the areas of writing that are of the most interest to you.

The course has a strong focus on employability and helping you kickstart a great career. You can develop transferable skills in research, analytical thinking, communication and teamwork – essential for any professional career – as well as working on live briefs from real-world clients. And you’ll even have the chance to become a published author, building up a portfolio of work that demonstrates your style and skills to prospective publishers or employers.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you apply for this course with a sandwich year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Sandwich year
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Students learn from a team with a broad range of academic and industry experience.

What does this course lead to?

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

Who is this course for?

This course is for you if you want to use your creative writing skills within the publishing, media or creative industries. Students have plenty of opportunities to build a portfolio of published work, so if you are new to creative writing, this course is a great way to kick-start your career.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fee: £1,425
International sandwich year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Other costs

While most course costs are covered by your tuition fees, some essential resources and optional extras may need to be paid for separately. These additional costs are listed below. For advice on budgeting and managing your money, please contact student.funding@solent.ac.uk.

The 2021/22 other costs are not yet available. For guidance, previous other costs have been:

Optional costs:
Study or theatre trips: £750 per year

Bursaries and scholarships

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

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 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. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • 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.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

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 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • 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.

Pre-Sessional English programme

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.


Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact admissions@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact admissions.international@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 5066

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: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 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 the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click on the links below to apply through UCAS:

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Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Key Moments in the History of the Novel
    From cuneiform to hieroglyphs, from Chinese wood block printing to the printing press, from medieval patrons to self-publishing, this module will take you on a whirlwind tour of some of the key moments in the history of the novel.
  • Puritans to Potter: Young Adult Fiction and Children’s Literature
    During this module we’ll look at some of the key debates in historical and contemporary contexts including whether fiction written for children and young adults must be based on realism.
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
    This module will help you to understand, for example, the difference between a copy-editor and a copywriter, between a content writer and a copy-editor and between a copy-editor and proofreader, to name only a few.
  • Making and Reading Poetry
    This practical, hands-on module will introduce you to the skills needed to really understand basic poetic forms and stock your poetry toolbox. You will begin to understand poetry as writers, as listeners, and as performers.
  • Writing Sensation and Scandal
    In this module you will learn how to successfully hone your craft with an understanding of story, plot and character as well as the structure and mechanics of how to build tension in writing and manipulate a reader’s experience of your work.
  • Writing and Selling the Short Story
    In this module, there will be focus on various new markets for the short story. You will also become a published author by producing work for an English programme anthology.

Year two

Core modules
  • Drama, Script and Performance
    On this module, you will learn about the history of drama as a cultural and literary form. Each week, you will read a play from a different historical period, learn about its cultural, social and historical context, and explore in discussion some of the ways in which that context is echoed and reflected in the writing.
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
    On this module you will learn how to utilise your skills to create content for a new type of client, marketplace and audience by discovering the extended business opportunities independent publishing affords.
  • Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature
    Through this module you will learn about how nineteenth century marriage and property law is discussed in the fiction of the period and about the impact this had on women and those traditionally ‘othered’ in literature.
  • Literature and Film of the 'New World'
    This module explores the idea of the ‘New World’ at both the academic and practical level, particularly through literature and film that fictionally represents the tensions between indigenous peoples and the settlers who considered themselves entitled to conquer these ‘new’ lands.
  • Writing the Novel
    In this module you will study a range of literary and genre fiction texts to determine what constitutes gripping and engaging writing. By examining both character and plot-based stories you will get a fully-rounded picture of all the elements which combine to constitute a good story well told.
  • Speculative Fiction
    This module introduces the idea of fictions that speculate on ‘what might be’ and ‘in the future, perhaps it will be possible to’ from science fiction and fantasy to dystopian horrors and imaginative stories for young adults.

Year three

Core modules
  • Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts
    This module will help you to see how the study of literature in the periods preceding it, leads to the fracturing and resistance that takes place in visual art, literature, music and the theatre in the long 20th century.
  • Dissertation/FMP
    In this independent research project, you will have the chance to shine. Here is the place you get to demonstrate the knowledge, understanding, skills and abilities you have developed over the course of your studies.
  • After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth?
    In response to the changing nature of what it means to be British today, this module considers some of the wide body of experimental and contemporary literature representing the postmodern, postcolonial British identity crisis.

Options

  • Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction
    During this module you will examine the ‘literature of reality’ and utilise both literary and journalistic techniques to render a true story, making it as dramatic, appealing and compelling as possible, while maintaining its integrity and veracity by ensuring its underlying facts are unaltered.
  • Work Experience
    This is a hands-on, practical module where you will learn from others, most importantly, those who are in the work world.  You will learn from their experiences and from your own. 
  • Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature
    This module explores representations of minority experiences in various Anglophone texts from the 20th-21st centuries.
  • Radical Re-Readings
    This lively module offers you the chance to explore how well-known source texts such as Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Homer’s Odyssey, and the book of Genesis have been radically rewritten into new texts for contemporary audiences.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Course Leader View profile
Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Lecturer View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

You’ll have access to our 24-hour library, comfortable study spaces, large computer resource centres and our comprehensive suite of academic and personal support services.

Students have the opportunity to produce a portfolio of published work. 

Your future

Graduating from Solent’s English programme, you will be well prepared for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Author
  • Freelance writer
  • Publisher
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Press officer
  • Media researcher (broadcasting, film, video)
  • Public relations officer 
  • Copywriter or editor
  • EFL teacher
  • Records or archive management
  • Librarian

Industry links

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.

Placements

Work placements are optional but encouraged, and you will be supported by the course team in finding suitable placements.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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