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About the course

Explore the heart of contemporary culture on this versatile degree, bringing together two essential creative disciplines to boost your employability. You will develop a practical understanding of the literature and media sectors, and the creative processes which can help you become an innovative, informed and globally-minded professional.

Solent University’s English and Creative Writing subject area is ranked ninth in The Guardian’s University League Tables 2020.

Taught by knowledgeable researchers and industry professionals, you will examine western and non-western cultural contexts and the significance of media and literature in shaping identity, ideology, representations and politics – all the time discussing the contrasts and similarities between the two arts.

From the literary greats to contemporary works, you will study a wide range of literature and refine your own writing skills through assessed exercises and group projects. These skills can then feed into practical digital media, video, radio and photographic production projects.

You will be encouraged to work with others on these projects, mirroring professional working practices and giving you the essential skills to effectively work with specialists from other creative disciplines. You will also have the option to spend a year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions, broadening your creative inspirations still further.

And the degree aims to combine real-world experience with creative and technical teaching, supporting you in finding relevant work experience in the creative industries. Past students have been involved in producing audio-visual content at Glastonbury music festival and Cowes Week sailing regatta, to name just a few.

You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
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?

On graduating you'll be able to work in a number of communication and media-based industries including media production, teaching, journalism, writing, TV post-production, programme research, marketing and sales, publishing, copywriting and information management.

Who is this course for?

If you want to combine your love of language, literature and the modern media landscape, you will find that this course offers a perfect blend of the three – ideal for careers in PR, marketing, post-production, publishing and journalism.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2020/21 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island sandwich year fees: £1,385
International sandwich year fees: £1,800

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

The 2020/21 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

96 - 112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent qualification, or a combination of qualifications which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 96 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.
  • Alternative entry is available through our Foundation Year in Journalism, Advertising and Marketing.
  • 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 Ask Solent team: 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:

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:

Mode of study
Full-time  3 years  Apply 
Sandwich year  4 years  Apply 

Journalism, Advertising and Marketing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time  4 years  Apply 
Sandwich year  5 years  Apply 
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

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Key Moments in the History of the Novel
  • Audio Production: Craft and Processes
  • Writing with Power: Professional Practice in English
  • Making and Reading Poetry
  • Video Production: Craft and Processes
  • Editing and Post-Production

Year two

Core modules
  • Drama, Script and Performance
  • Documentary Audio
  • Documentary Video
  • The Business of Independent Publishing
  • Monsters, Madness and Marriage in 19th Century Literature
  • Literature and Film of the ‘New World’
  • Imagining Reality: Audio
  • Imagining Reality: Video

Year three

Core modules
  • Modernism: Transformative and Criminal Texts
  • Dissertation or Creative Project
  • After Empire: Postmodern, Postcolonial, or Post-truth?


  • Writing and Selling Creative Non-Fiction
  • Work Experience
  • Minority Experiences in Anglophone Literature
  • Radical Re-Readings

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


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

Kristian Low academic profile Kristian Low Head of Subject View profile
Devon Campbell-Hall academic profile Devon Campbell-Hall Course Leader View profile
Carolyn Cummings-Osmond academic profile Carolyn Cummings-Osmond Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Jamie Clarke academic profile Jamie Clarke Senior Lecturer View profile
Seamus Finnegan academic profile Seamus Finnegan Senior Lecturer View profile
Ani Ritchie academic profile Ani Ritchie 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.


Solent University’s media academy is a hub for creative students at Solent, with three green screen TV studios, a large visual recording studio with capacity for 200 seated audience members and a range of radio and music production facilities. And our fully equipped IT centres feature both PC and Mac computers, with industry-standard software packages such as Adobe Creative Suite and QuarkXpress.

We also offer a comprehensive media loans scheme, providing training and access to a range of modern film-making equipment including high-definition (HD) video cameras and DSLR full-frame cameras.

Students have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience.

Your future

Students will be well prepared for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • TV research
  • Journalism
  • TV post-production
  • Marketing
  • PR
  • Advertising
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Our teachers are really supportive and help us develop our own ideas and understanding.

    Annie Holland, Student

Industry links

During the course you’ll have the opportunity to work on live briefs set by industry professionals, and to use the course team’s close ties with the industry to secure valuable work experience.

You’ll also receive visits from advertising and creative agencies, as well as having access to a programme of guest lectures from the industry.


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

Further study

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