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About the course

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.

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.

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.

Study abroad Foundation year available Built in work experience placement Further studies Sandwich year

The course employs an innovative approach to the study of literature.

What does this course lead to?

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.

Who is this course for?

This course is for those who would like to use their creative writing skills to work within the media or creative industries. Students have plenty of opportunities to build a portfolio of published work, so this course is a great way for those who are new to creative writing to kick-start their career.

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry 372S

Sandwich

  • 4 Years Standard Entry 4B6X
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are: 
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 sandwich year fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,545

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.

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

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton 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.


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above.
  • Applicants will be interviewed by telephone.
  • 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.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
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.


100%

of students feel staff have made the course interesting

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

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 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.

 

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What you'll study

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
  • Genre and Language
  • Writing: The Industrial and Social Landscape
  • Writing the Novel
  • The Business of Independent Publishing

Year three

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

Options

  • Work Experience: English
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives
  • Radical Re-Readings
  • On the Road: An Introduction to Travel Narrative
  • Criminal Texts
  • Minority Experiences in American Literature
  • Writing for Young People
  • Speculative Fiction
  • Writing Creative Non-Fiction
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units 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

Key figures

88%

Assessment by coursework

12%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Course Leader View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Tom Masters academic profile Tom Masters Associate Lecturer View profile
Eden Sharp academic profile Eden Sharp Associate 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

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.

Students are encouraged to explore their own practical and creative writing interests.

Your future

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.

90%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

41%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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.

Placements

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.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

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