English Literature and Creative Writing

English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

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 will give you the opportunity to develop your own writing 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. Our students get the chance to learn from experts in different fields of writing and publishing and by the end of your studies you’ll have learned the skills required for writing as a professional practice. 

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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:


  • Literature in English at UCLan is 1st in the North West and 2nd in the UK for academic support. We are also 2nd in the North West and 5th in the UK for learning resources - National Student Survey 2019.
  • Creative Writing at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • You will have access to the Live Literature Room, where you can share your work with peers, attend specialist events and literary readings from industry professionals.
  • We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • EN1215 Reading Texts: Literary Theory
  • EN1217 Introduction to Renaissance Literature
  • CW1001 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • CW1002 Writing Identities

Plus two options from our English Language, American Literature or English Literature modules or an Elective in another subject in our School (e.g. one of the thirteen different languages we teach).

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • EN2127 Live Literature Project
  • EN2904 A World of Difference: Literature and Globalisation
  • Either EN2128 Restoration to Revolution: Literary Culture 1660-1789 OR EN2129 Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1789-1900
  • CW2001 Exploring Genre
  • CW2002 Writing Adaptations

Plus a module from the list below:

Optional modules

  • EN2012 Reading and Writing Fairy Tales
  • EN2406 The Graphic Novel
  • EN2905 Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • EN2906 CSI: Literature
  • CW2003 Creative Writing for Children and Young Adults

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • CW3001 Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • EN3005 The Shock of the New: Modern and Contemporary Literature
  • EN3992 Dissertation in English Literature OR CW3004 Dissertation in Creative Writing

Plus two modules from the list below:

Optional modules

  • CW3002 Life-writing and Autobiography
  • CW3905 Otherworlds: Reading and Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • EN3007 American Texts
  • EN3008 Black Atlantic Writing
  • EN3013 British Children’s Literature
  • EN3028 Literature and Film

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 subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

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

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. 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. 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.

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 Literature is taught via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops; Creative Writing is mainly taught in workshops where students work in small groups and the circulation of ideas is encouraged. Our Live Literature Room is a dedicated space for literary events with its own stage and library.

As well as focusing on subject knowledge, classroom activities include sessions on project management and problem-solving, team-working, work experience skills, personal and career development as well as conducting different kinds of research and producing reports.

Assessment strategies vary by module, and forms of assessment include 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 and well as portfolios of creative work.

We also take our students off campus for field 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 Haworth to experience the life of the Brontë sisters.

Literary Links

We have a panel of creative leaders who support the development of our programmes, which includes creative writers and publishers who come and talk to our students about creative career planning.

Live Literature Room

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

Our Opportunities

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, as well as graduate entry schemes in marketing and the media; publishing; public relations and advertising, as well as careers in teaching and education. 

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 have the opportunity to gain valuable work experience relating to your studies, for example our work-related live project which could include organising a conference, literature festival, writing competition, reading project or setting up an exhibition.

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 in many countries and our own new campus in Cyprus.

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.

Our Facilities

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.

Course Enquiries

Telephone us: +44(0)1772 892400
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Sam Graham

Sam Graham

Combined Honours in Creative Writing & Business Enterprise, 2011

Sam Graham has always enjoyed the written word, which is why he decided to study BA (Hons) Creative Writing and Business Enterprise at UCLan.

“If I can turn it into a career then I’ll have achieved my life’s goal, I thought studying it at degree level would be a stepping stone towards that. I studied the business side of my degree to learn how to the business world operates under the surface.”

Jennifer Lane

Jennifer Lane

English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) & MA in Writing for Children, 2011

Her children’s novel, titled The Second Hand Boy, earned her a prize at the New Writing North base in Newcastle at the end of last month. 

Jennifer, who was on the BA (Hons) English Literature with Creative Writing course at the University, has now been given the opportunity to pitch her book to both agents and publishers, as well as the chance to attend literary events in London.

Jessica Sneddon

Jessica Sneddon

BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing, 2017

Jessica Sneddon was originally accepted onto the BA (Hons) Acting degree, but transferred onto the BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing during her Induction Week. Since then, she has never looked back.

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.