English Language and Creative Writing

English Language and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Fancy yourself as the next J K Rowling or E L James? Develop the skills and techniques to produce short stories, poetry and play scripts as you learn to analyse writing across a range of genres. Our English language modules will help you delve beneath the surface of language to explore the connections between sound and meaning and how English has developed over time. Learn how to analyse writing and speech in different ways and how to harness your own creativity in producing a variety of literary texts with expert support from our tutors.

You will have 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, as well as access latest language learning and digital technologies including Rosetta Stone. 

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Key Information

  • Duration:

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

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • English Language is ranked 1st in the UK for ‘Assessment and Feedback’ according to the National Student Survey 2020, with over 90% of students satisfied overall with their course. 
  • Creative Writing at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • The English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) programme gives you opportunities to experience work-based activities, such as writing for the press and client publications.
  • We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education.

Course Overview

Year 1

  • LG1200 English Language Workshop (Employability skills; Study/Academic Writing skills)
  • LG1222 The Sounds and Structures of English (including grammar for teaching the National Curriculum)
  • LG1106 Meaning in Interaction
  • CW1001 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW1002 Writing Identities
  • Module options: Language, Gender and Identity or Language Variation

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

Year 2

  • LG2118 The Language of Literature
  • CW2001 Exploring Genre
  • CW2002 Writing Adaptations

Plus a choice of English Language and Creative Writing modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies):

  • Language, Mind and Brain
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Accents and Dialects
  • Child Language Acquisition (guided study module)
  • Framing the News
  • Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults
  • Metaphor and Meaning
  • The History of English

Year 3

  • Dissertation (in either LG3992 English Language or CW3004 Creative Writing)
  • CW3001 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop

Plus a choice of English Language and Creative Writing Modules (this is a sample most relevant to your studies):

  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Discourse, Argumentation, Rhetoric
  • English in Education
  • Language and Power
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Life-Writing and Autobiography
  • Otherworlds: Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • English in Education

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 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, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 104 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 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

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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

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.

Language Laboratory

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.

Staff members

Study Area


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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.