English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



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  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years. Part-time: usually five years.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Q3W8; Short form: BA/ELCW

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Do you want to develop your creative writing skills and learn about the different styles of writing already out there? The study of Creative Writing and English Literature and will give you the opportunity to practise across a wide variety of texts, from poetry and drama to fiction and creative non-fiction. You’ll study the development of ‘English’ as a multicultural literary landscape, as well as key theories that explore the impact of race, gender, class, national identity and ethnicity on the production and reading of literary texts. By the end of your studies, you’ll have learned the skills required for writing as a professional practice.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

260 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Cognate sub at A2 required with BTEC
Pass Access to HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate: Diploma 28P
IELTS: Grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSEs: 5 at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit Merit Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction Distinction
Pass Access To HE: 106 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • EN1215 Reading Texts: Literary Theory
  • EN1216 The Literature Project
  • EN1217 Introduction to the Renaissance
  • CW1001 Introduction to Creative Writing Workshop
  • CW1002 Writing Identities

Plus an elective module from the list below..

Optional modules

An elective to choose from…

  • English Language, American Literature or English Literature modules
  • OR V01001 Citizenship and Cohesive Communities – An option to offer you work experience
  • OR V01006 Volunteering and Community Action
  • OR V01008 Peer Led Outreach Education
  • OR V01109 Gang and Gun Culture
  • OR A Language Elective (Choose from thirteen different languages) - Option to offer you international experience

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • EN2127 Researching Literature and Cultures
  • EN2904 Comparative Literature
  • Either EN2128 Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789
  • OR EN2129 Literature of the Long Nineteenth-Century
  • CW2001 Creative Writing Workshop
  • CW2002 Exploring Genre: Writing Adaptations

Plus a module from the list below…

Optional modules

  • EN2902 Shakespeare
  • EN2012 The Fairy Tale
  • EN2026 The Short Story
  • EN2130 Drama in English from 1900
  • EN2905 Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • EN2983 Student Independent Study
  • CW2003 Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • CW2004 Creative Writing Student Initiated Module

An elective to choose from…

  • English Language, American Literature
  • OR V02003 Community Leadership– An option to offer you work experience
  • OR A Language Elective (Choose from nine different languages) - Option to offer you international experience

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • CW3001 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • EN3005 Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • EN3992 Dissertation in English Literature or CW3004 Dissertation in Creative Writing

Optional modules

  • CW3002 Life-writing and Autobiography
  • CW3003 Performing the World
  • EN3007 American Literature
  • EN3006 American Drama
  • EN3008 Black Atlantic Writing
  • EN3013 British Children’s Literature
  • EN3025 19th Century Gothic Fiction
  • EN3028 Literature and Film
  • EN3983 Student Independent Study (English Literature)
  • CW3005 Creative Writing – Student initiated Module
  • V03002 Leading a Community Project – An option to offer you work experience
  • FR3061 French Language - Option to offer you international experience
  • GM3105 German Language - Option to offer you international experience
  • SH3002 Spanish Language – Option to offer you international experience

Further Information

In your first year, modules will introduce you to the study of Creative Writing and English Literature at university level. You will also be able to take an elective module in another subject, eg. tuition in a modern language of your choice. In your second year, you will take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, plus an elective module from another subject. You’ll also participate in a project-based module, to develop your employability skills. In your third year, you will decide to take either the English Literature or the Creative Writing Dissertation module. You will also be able to select options from a range of other modules, though all students will take CW3001 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop and EN3005 Modern and Contemporary Literature. You should aim to find a balance between English Literature modules and Creative Writing modules.

Learn with research-active tutors who are specialists in their fields:

Catharine Frances
‘Learning and teaching is a collaborative experience. On our part we develop modules to capture your interests and guide you through a confident acquisition of subject knowledge and practice. On your part you challenge us about our thinking and received wisdoms frequently contributing to our research. The learning environment should be enjoyable and intellectually exciting; a place to dare to try the new and innovative.

My research embraces both contemporary play writing and the histories and practises of autobiography. I examine new play writing and, in particular, plays which are produced on both sides of the Atlantic (e.g. Enron, Jerusalem, War Horse). I am interested in exploring the different critical reception the same play receives in the light of cultural, social and political contexts as well as innovations in contemporary play writing in an increasing global community. My interest in autobiography and self-representation in language embraces theory and autobiographical practices. I am particularly interested in autobiographical strategies which challenge literary and cultural convention. I am currently supervising research students for MA by practice-based research in play writing and fiction writing, and a PhD candidate in autobiography.’

Will Kaufman
‘There is certainly a connection between research and learning/teaching. In the course of my 28-year-long career I’ve devised a number of programmes and modules in American Literature and Culture – sometimes these modules have come about through my research interests, but sometimes, too, my research interests stem from my teaching. My feeling is that the foundation of good teaching (as with research) is enthusiasm and passion – passion for the discovery and expression of new ideas, yes, but also for the rediscovery of cultural texts, practices and histories that can be read in a new light. Thus, believe it or not, there is a place for Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter on my American Literature module.

I’m fortunate to be working in such a broad area – American Literature and Culture – which means that I have a wealth of research interests to pursue. I’ve written on American comedy, the culture of the 1970s, the Civil War in culture, transatlantic cultural relations, literature and psychology, and US protest music. This latter topic has led not only to my writing books such as Woody Guthrie, American Radical (2011), but also performance pieces on Woody Guthrie that I have taken all over the world, including the stage at Glastonbury. I’m now developing interests in theatre, performance and dramaturgy. Who knows where I’ll end up?’

Alan Rice
‘I was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2007 for developing innovative and stimulating teaching practice which includes active learning through drama, walking tours, museum workshops and field trips. Such activities mean that learning moves far from the confines of the classroom.

My research ranges widely in terms of chronology, geography and genre. It encompasses the history of slavery and its consequences from 1700-2012. I work on literary texts, film, visual arts, local histories and museums. My books are cultural histories of the black Atlantic which work through a series of case studies – the latest, Creating Memorials, Building Identities: The Politics of Memory in the Black Atlantic (Liverpool UP, 2010), was launched at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool. I’m also involved with museums and co-curated the Trade and Empire: Remembering Slavery exhibition at the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. I’ve been involved with media, including acting as advisor and talking head on the American documentary Choc’late Soldiers from the USA (2009) and in February 2013 appearing on BBC’s The One Show with Dan Snow to talk about Abraham Lincoln and the Lancashire Cotton Famine.’

Robin Purves
‘In my own experience, I think a lecture or a seminar is most successful when a sentence or paragraph uttered, by any participant, can give those present a moment of lasting insight which can be applied to their immediate context for learning, but also persists as a lesson for life.

My research interests, at the moment, consist of two distinct but related fields. Most of my publications have been on the work of poetry written, in the UK, Europe and the U.S., since 1945 and I am particularly interested in how it relates to other disciplines, such as philosophy and the visual arts. At the moment, I am also developing research on popular music, and the nature of the experience of listening to words intended as part of a musical performance.’

Robert Duggan
‘There is a fantastic and diverse range of talent in contemporary literature and one of my favourite things about my role as a lecturer is introducing students to exciting and innovative contemporary fiction and debating and discussing the ways in which it may challenge traditional ideas about both literature and the world. It’s great to see students develop expertise in the discipline and bring their own experiences of contemporary life to bear on what they read, and I always encourage students to think about the books they read in a wider international context.

My research looks at modern and contemporary British fiction and I’m particularly interested in experiments in literary form and genre in the work of writers including Martin Amis, Ian McEwan, Angela Carter, Will Self, Iain Banks and Toby Litt. My book The Grotesque in Contemporary British Fiction (Manchester University Press, 2013) shows how the grotesque continues to be a powerful force in contemporary writing and provides an illuminating picture of often controversial aspects of recent fiction. My current research investigates spatiality in contemporary writing and its generic and (geo)political dimensions, exploring fiction by authors including China Miéville, Iain M. Banks and Rupert Thomson and thinking about how the manipulation of space in their books might be read politically. Part of this has involved researching recent British and American literary responses to 9/11 and the ‘War on Terror’’.

Theresa Saxon
‘The best learning and teaching experience is a shared experience: when our students offer us real insights into the material we cover in taught sessions and that enhances our research activities. It’s also important that you can see how your studies contribute to your own personal and professional development – working with literature opens up so many possibilities for individual enlargement.

My research explores the relationship between theatre and society: much of my focus is historical, exploring how theatre of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries replicated, or satirised social behaviours, and how those social behaviours were translated from the ‘performances’ seen on stage. I have published essays on pantomime and burlesque, and American playwright Clyde Fitch, as well as a book, American Theatre: History, Context, Form (EUP, 2011). I am currently developing an extended project on transatlantic theatre and a study of Charles Dickens as a dramatist and performer, for which I have participated in acted readings with Lancaster Theatre Productions.’

Helen Day
‘My teaching career has been focused on finding effective and meaningful ways to blend research and teaching, employability and the subject curriculum, and language and literature. I work at the nexus where subjects, methodologies and ideologies meet and sometimes clash, which can be exhilarating as well as challenging. My current teaching passion is writing for children and young adult literature and I run the MA Writing for Children. In 2013 I was awarded a National Teaching Fellow Award.

My most recent publication is ‘Simulacra, Sacrifice and Survival in The Hunger Games, Battle Royale, and The Running Man’ in Of Bread, Blood and The Hunger Games (MacFarland Press). I am currently working on lying and unreliable narrators in young adult fiction, exploring the difference between unreliable narrators and those who admit to the reader that they are liars. This involves bringing together work on lying from linguistics, psychology and sociology as well as blending cognitive stylistics and literary theory.’

Richard Walker
‘My research lies mainly in nineteenth-century writing, and literature and philosophy (in particular the works of Walter Benjamin, Henri Lefebvre and Jurgen Habermas). I am co-editor of Inhuman Reflections: Thinking the Limits of the Human and author of Labyrinths of Deceit: Culture, Modernity and Identity in the Nineteenth Century. I have also published work on the Gothic, the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and Australian popular culture. I am currently working on a lengthy project that explores avant-gardism and terrorism, a photobook on utopias and a shorter work on the philosophy of walking’.

Janice Wardle
‘One of the real joys as a teacher in higher education is working with students to explore texts that I love. It is also great to help students develop their own enthusiasm for literature built on sound knowledge and understanding. My own research focuses on Shakespeare in performance and I am particularly interested in Shakespearean comedy. I also explore Literary texts on film and I am interested in the process of literary adaptation. My current project is investigating the representation of the ‘author’ in filmic texts.’

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have links with a network of schools in the region, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education; students who wish to teach are able to go on to gain a PGCE in primary or secondary education, or certificates in TESOL.

Learning Environment and Assessment

English Literature is a traditional academic subject and is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops; Creative Writing is mainly taught in workshops where group work and the circulation of ideas are encouraged.

Classroom activities include sessions on project management and problem-solving, team-working, work experience skills such as transferability, personal and career development as well as on producing a report and accompanying material and CVs.

Assessment strategies are various. Modules are assessed by coursework, including student presentations, critical/research/reflective essays, exams, project work (including, e.g. the planning of a literary festival or academic conference) and online blogs.

We also take our students off campus, for various trips. We visit the RSC in Stratford every year, to see a performance of a Shakespeare play, and we plan trips to relevant literary sites, such as Dove Cottage in the Lake District, to enhance your appreciation of topics and writers.


You can pursue a range of careers in writing and related fields, such as travel writing, play and script writing. You’ll also be well equipped for entry into graduate professions in local government and public services, such as the police force and the army as well as graduate entry schemes in marketing and the media; publishing; public relations and advertising.

You’ll be able to tailor your programme of study to suit your personal interests through a variety of optional modules. The degree offers a creative mix of traditional and innovative teaching and learning approaches, including covering a wide range of genres. You’ll study modules in contemporary literature and in ‘writing the contemporary’, as well as the canonical texts of literary history.

You’ll have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience relating to your studies for example our work-related live project which could include planning for a conference, literature festival, writing competition, reading project or setting up an exhibition and so on. Through the Worldwise Learning Centre based in the school you’ll get the opportunity to gain further practical experience through five day placements and short-term internships. You’ll also get to assist staff research projects and publish in UCLan’s Journal 'Diffusion.’

If you wish to study abroad as part of your course, UCLan offers a scheme for a semester/year abroad as we have exchange agreements with overseas universities and a brand new campus in Cyprus.

You’ll be supported by the Worldwise Learning Centre where you can access the latest language learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.

As a student in the School you will also have access to our International Travel Bursary scheme through the Worldwise Awards, which enables you to spend some time overseas, on a project related to your studies.

Research degrees: We offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.


Course facilities include well-equipped rooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources. Our library is updated regularly with books crucial to your studies and there are extensive online resources available to facilitate your studies.