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English Literature and Creative Writing (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, AAA/A*AB, IB 38

There’s something inspirational about being in an environment infused with spontaneity and energy. These qualities have long been associated with Warwick’s English Literature and Creative Writing degree, the number one degree for the subject in the UK (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018).

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Creative work can happen anywhere, but you can learn the craft of writing and enjoy working with other young writers in a place of energy and new ideas.

If you intend to pursue a career as an author, or to work in the creative industries or teaching, this practical course will teach you about the creative writing process and help you become a better reader, with a deeper understanding of literary theories and texts. You will be taught by practising and award-winning writers, bridging the gap between academic and creative approaches to literature.

You will undertake real-world writing tasks and will regularly meet, engage with and learn from industry professionals, including publishers, editors, literary agents, poets and authors. Our graduates leave with advanced communicative, imaginative and critical abilities, plus practical and vocational literary writing skills including composition, interpretation and evaluation. In addition, you will develop argument, analysis and debating skills, and a capacity for independent thought.

In your first year you will gain the foundation you need to become a better reader and writer. In Modes of Writing we explore writing in different forms, including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and writing for performance and new media. Through studying Medieval to Renaissance English Literature you will appreciate the context of contemporary beliefs and social developments. Epic into Novel shows you the building blocks of literary tradition in Europe and beyond. This module will give you an understanding of some of the great texts of classical and modern times. Last, our new module The Written World will introduce you to the outlines of literary theory where we focus on texts that are important as an emerging writer.

As a second year you will progress to Composition and Creative Writing in which you explore and deepen your practice of fiction and nonfiction. You will take a module from before 1900, as well as any module from the English department or another University department.

In your final year you will progress to the Personal Writing Project, your opportunity to work one-to-one with a tutor of your choice on an extensive piece of writing in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting or a genre of your choice. In addition you will select global literature module(s); as well as any module from English Literature, Creative Writing or another University department.

Most core modules in your first year are taught by means of one lecture and one seminar per week in terms one and two. In your second and third years, optional modules are normally taught by means of one seminar per week. Practising writers deliver teaching through workshops and seminars. Also, writers and publishers visit and work with you in our Writers' Room, the first purpose-built space for writers in a UK university.

Working together we will improve your own writing, and your confidence as performers through writing workshops and live performances. You will be encouraged to attend and participate at spoken word events in the local area, including Leamington Spa’s ‘Shoot From the Lip’, Birmingham’s ‘Hit the Ode’ and ‘Bang Said the Gun' in London.

Contact hours

Guided learning of typically eight contact hours per week. Seminars are usually 1.5 hours each.

Class size

Targeted teaching with class sizes of 10 - 15 students (on average)

Assessment is a combination of traditional essays and written examinations together with creative projects, portfolios and performance. For example, in our Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time module, student creative work recently included film and radio adaptations, musical compositions, painting, sculpture and photography inspired by Shakespeare's texts.

As a student on our English degrees, you will have the opportunity to spend your third year at one of our partner institutions in Europe, China or the USA. You will then return to Warwick to complete your fourth and final year of your degree.

You will be able to apply to transfer to the four-year course when you are in your second year at Warwick, subject to availability of places from the University's International Office.

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A level: AAA/A*AB to include grade A in English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined). We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances.

IB: 38 to include 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

  • Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.
  • Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
  • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
  • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

    Interviews Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. If your application meets our requirements we will carry out an online interview and request you send us a portfolio of creative writing. We assess your applications using all of these materials. You will also be invited to an open day in The Warwick Writing Programme if we make you an offer.

    Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1

  • Modes of Writing

  • Medieval to Renaissance English Literature

  • Epic into Novel

  • The Written World

Year 2

  • Composition and Creative Writing

  • A pre-1900 English Literature module(s)

  • Any module from English Literature, Creative Writing or another University department

Year 3

  • Personal Writing Project

  • A global literature module(s)

  • Any module from English Literature, Creative Writing or another University department

Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:

    US Writing and Culture 1780-1920, North American Women Writers, Romantic and Victorian Poetry, The Seventeenth Century, Literary and Cultural Theory, The Practice of Poetry, Screenwriting, Feminist Perspectives on Literature, Modern American Poetry, New Literatures in English, The English Country House, Devolutionary British Fiction, The Global Novel, Transnational Feminisms, 20th-Century North American Literature, Eighteenth-Century Literature, Arthurian Literature and its Legacy, Literature and Psychoanalysis, States of Damage: 21st-Century US Writing, Shakespeare and the Law, Alternative Lifeworlds Fiction, Poetry and Emotion, Ecopoetics.

    We’ll encourage you to think broadly about the possibilities open to you, and the networks you can form. A few graduates used their degrees to establish exciting ventures with friends, founding companies and theatre groups. Many are recognised in their fields or on their way to becoming so.

    English graduates are much valued by both public and private sector employers, as they value enhanced communication skills coupled with an understanding of how to use language effectively.

    Through your course and extra-curricular activities you will develop the high-level skills employers seek, including:

    • Advanced literacy and communication skills with the ability to apply these skills in appropriate contexts.
    • Ability to present persuasive written and oral arguments cogently and coherently.
    • Capacity to analyse and critically examine information.
    • Ability to process complex information in a structured and systematic way.
    • Capacity for independent thought and judgement – critical reasoning skills.
    • Ability to understand, interrogate and apply a variety of theoretical positions and weigh the importance of different perspectives.
    Where are our graduates now?

    Ben is a writer, currently writing a second comedy series as well as a new drama series for Radio 4. He is also a regular contributor of sketches to a variety of BBC3, ITV1 and E4 shows and pilots.

    Lucy is a Resident Director, having freelanced as a youth theatre director, assistant director and BBC Steward. She’s previously worked at the Oxford Playhouse and Magdalen College School.

    Tim is a historical fiction writer, author of The Last King of Lydia and The King and the Slave.

    Helping you find the right career

    Our department has a dedicated careers consultant to help boost your employability and prepare for a career. There are workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples include:

    • What to do with your English and Comparative Literary Studies degree
    • Working in the radio and TV sector
    • Working in the publishing sector
    • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
    • The Society of Young Publishers events with industry speakers, for students who want to break into publishing

    A level: AAA/A*AB to include grade A in English Literature/English Language and Literature (combined). We make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances.

    IB: 38 to include 6 at Higher Level in English Literature or combined English Language and Literature.

    UCAS Code

    Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

    3 years full time

    Start Date

    October 2019

    Location of study
    University of Warwick, Coventry

    Tuition fees
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    Additional costs

    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course.

    This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

    Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.

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