English Language and Creative Writing (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

English Language and Creative Writing (Foundation Entry) BA (Hons)

School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

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  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    5L69; Short form: ELCW/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Fancy yourself as the next J K Rowling or E L James? Develop the tricks and techniques to produce short stories, poetry and play scripts as you learn to dissect, criticise and even perform writing. Boost your skills as a writer in a variety of genres including fiction, drama, poetry and creative non-fiction. As a result, you'll be able to produce descriptive and accurate pieces of creative writing, which will help you in your career as a professional writer.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Introduction to Literature


  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Foundation in TESOL
  • Extended Course Essay

Year 2

  • CW1003 Story Shapes: Drama, structure and plot
  • CW1002 Writing Identities
  • LG1222 Sounds and Structures of English
  • LG1200 ELSIE (English Language Skills Initiative for Employability
  • LG1106 Meaning in Interaction

Plus a free choice elective, which may include an English Literature, an American Literature or language module:

  • LG1103 Language Variation in Society
  • LG1105 Language, Gender and Identity
  • EN1001 Literary Landscapes
  • Or an elective as agreed with the Course Leader

Year 3

  • LG2118 Language and Literature
  • LG2200 Academic Writing and Graduate Development
  • CW2005 Reading and Writing the Short Story
  • CW2002 Writing Adaptations

Plus two options from our English Language and Creative Writing modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies):

  • LG2103 Sociolinguistics
  • LG2112 Framing the News
  • LG2117 Language, Mind and Brain
  • LG2119 Metaphor and Meaning
  • LG2206 History of English
  • LG2220 English Accents and Dialects
  • LG2223 Approaches to Syntax
  • CW2003 Creative Writing for Children and young adults
  • EN2012 Reading and Writing Fairy Tales
  • Or an elective as agreed with the Course Leader

Year 4

  • Dissertation (in either LG3992 English Language and Linguistics Dissertation or CW3004 Creative Writing Dissertation)
  • CW3007 Experimental Fiction

Plus three options from our English Language and Creative Writing modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies):

  • LG3112 Language and Power
  • LG3113 Forensic Linguistics
  • LG3225 Discourse, Argumentation, Rhetoric
  • LG3117 Clinical Linguistics and Language Pathology
  • LG3220 English Phonology
  • LG3222 English Syntax
  • LG3224 World Grammars
  • LG3236 English in Education
  • CW3008 Life Writing
  • CW3905 Otherworlds: Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • EN3013 British Children’s Literature
  • EN3028 Literature into Film

Further Information

A key feature of our BA in English Language and Creative Writing is choice. On the Language side, whether you are interested in language structure (syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology), how language varies according to user and context, or the teaching of language, our programme will have modules suited to you. Alongside an exciting range of modules, relating to language acquisition and change, language and gender, political discourse and argumentation, forensic linguistics, literary linguistics and psycholinguistics, we have an integrated programme of study aimed at enhancing your proficiency in written English. Alternatively, you could choose to specialise in the related areas of media, forensic and political discourse, or the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language by choosing syntax, phonology and morphology.

On the Creative Writing side, students can develop their writing in a range of genres, including short stories, poetry, plays and radio and film scripts. Our students are encouraged to develop and reflect on their own creative process and to enrich their understanding of the journey from initial idea to finished piece of writing. We strive for our graduates to be competent both in their use and knowledge of English, in such a way that they can pass on such knowledge to others. Certain modules are designed to enhance verbal and written communication skills whilst simultaneously enhancing employability. Students also get the chance to learn about careers in writing and the book trade from guest authors, literary agents, editors and publishers.

Highlights of the course

  • Explore creative writing in different genres with successful authors and poets.
  • A choice of modules across different areas of language and linguistics
  • Visiting speakers from a range of disciplines and professions
  • Skills and employability emphasised throughout the programme.
  • The opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year.

Yvonne Reddick - Translating Mountains

Yvonne Reddick, a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Central Lancashire talks about her poetry project Translating Mountains


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 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. The team regularly hosts panels at which writers, editors, literary agents and publishers provide valuable insights into careers in the book trade.

Learning Environment and Assessment

English Language is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, and we have a dedicated English Language Laboratory for our language students to use specialised computer applications for linguistic analysis. Creative Writing is generally taught in workshops where students work in small groups and the circulation of ideas is encouraged.

Through the English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) Project you will have the opportunity to gain experience in work-based activities, such evaluating/critiquing webpage content, copy-editing, PR and press releases, customer/client information leaflets and brochures.

Recent student projects have included taster sessions in local colleges, writing newspaper stories for the Lancashire Evening Post, writing articles for West Lancashire Voluntary Service, and designing resources for schools with the Rosemere Cancer Foundation.


Graduates from this course can pursue a range of careers in writing and related fields, such as travel writing, play and script writing - or in other areas including teaching, education support, local government, travel, retail and marketing.

Through the English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) programme you’ll have the opportunity to gain experience in work-based activities, such as writing for the press and publications for real clients.

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.

You will also be well equipped for entry into graduate professions in local government and public services, as well as graduate entry schemes in the private sector. Students have also gone on to study a PCGE to become teachers as well as postgraduate research programmes.

Your degree in Creative Writing and English Literature at UCLan offers:

  • A creative mix of tradition and innovation in approach and in the variety of genres covered.
  • Modules in contemporary literature and in ‘writing the contemporary’, as well as study of the canonical texts of literary history.
  • A chance 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 Centre based in the school you will get the opportunity to gain further practical experience through five day placements and short-term internships.
  • Support by the Worldwise Learning Centre where you can access the latest language learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone.
  • Learning with research-active tutors, who are specialists in their fields and get the opportunity to work with them as well as writing an article for Diffusion, a journal publishing supervised undergraduate research.
  • Field trips to museums, archival resources, readings and various theatres, such as RSC in Stratford to view a Shakespeare play and Dove Cottage Literary Sites in the Lake District.
  • An opportunity to meet writers and literary critics.


Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources. Teaching is supplemented with guest speakers and students are encouraged to participate fully in group and project work. Assessment strategies are varied.