BA

English Literature and Creative Writing (with integrated foundation year)

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Key Facts

Code QW3F
  • Typical A-level offer

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The information on this page relates to September 2019 entry. For 2020 information, including grade requirements, please check our prospectus.

In choosing Aberystwyth University's English and Creative Writing, with integrated Foundation Year, degree you will have the opportunity to develop both your creative and critical writing skills.

Taught by distinguished, practising writers, you will find the degree both innovative, challenging and rewarding. By studying various genres and styles, writing forms and techniques, you will develop a range of competencies and capabilities, skills and attributes that are widely sought by employers.

The integrated foundation year - designed for prospective students who do not have a sufficient or relevant academic background - is the perfect option to access this highly-sort scheme. In the foundation year, you will be brought up to speed on the fundamentals of English and Creative Writing, providing a solid base for you to go on and enjoy the full undergraduate degree.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of English (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

93% overall student satisfaction for the Department of English and Creative Writing (NSS 2019)

96% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 2% more than Languages graduates nationally (HESA 2018*)

Overview

Following the foundation year, the syllabus of this course is identical to its sister course [English and Creative Writing, QW38].

Why study English Literature and Creative Writing at Aberystwyth?

  • You will be taught by staff who are distinguished practising writers and published authors across a broad spectrum of literary fields;
  • You will be encouraged to develop your creative and critical writing skills;
  • You will be encouraged to expand your range and capabilities as a writer to enable you to work confidently in a variety of forms and genres;
  • We offer you opportunities to engage with a wide variety of approaches to literature and cultural history, combining critical thinking with scholarship;
  • You will have the opportunity to explore literary theory - philosophical and conceptual ideas that inform, challenge and problematize the ways we read;
  • In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid-Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting;
  • We have one of the biggest libraries in the world, the National Library of Wales, on our doorstep. This copyright institution receives a copy of every book published in the UK;
  • The department is home to New Welsh Review, Wales’ foremost literary magazine - this could be an exciting opportunity for you to get involved;
  • You will be immersed in a supportive and vibrant community of creative and critical thinkers, literary experts, and published authors from every field.
Our Staff

All academic staff in the Department of English and Creative Writing are active scholars and experts in their fields. They are either qualified to PhD level or have commensurate experience. Our Lecturers either hold or are working towards a Higher Education teaching qualification and the majority of academic staff also hold the status of Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Creative Practice WR11320 20
Critical Practice EN11320 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
American Literature 1819-1925 EN11220 20
Ancestral Voices EN10220 20
Contemporary Writing EN10520 20
Greek And Roman Epic And Drama CL10120 20
Introduction To Poetry WR10420 20
Literature And The Sea WL11420 20
Re-imagining Nineteenth-century Literature WL10120 20
Reading For Writers WR10020 20
The Beginning Of The English Language EN11520 20
To Boldly Go: Reading Star Trek EN10320 20
Writing Short Stories WR10520 20

Employability

Career Prospects

A degree in English Literature and Creative Writing offers a “golden standard” for any employment setting where communication and the written word are valued. All of our modules deliver key skills that enable you to build a comprehensive C.V. that evidences your diverse range of competencies.

Our graduates have been successful across the widest possible range of career destinations:

  • Broadcasting;
  • Journalism;
  • Advertising;
  • Publishing;
  • Education;
  • Civil Service;
  • Business;
  • Finance;
  • New Media.

Your degree in English Literature and Creative Writing will equip you with:

  • the ability to express ideas and communicate information in a clear and structured manner, in both written and oral form;
  • effective problem-solving and creative thinking skills;
  • the facility to deal with abstract concepts;
  • the ability to work independently;
  • time-management and organisational skills, including the ability to meet deadlines;
  • self-motivation and self-reliance;
  • team-working, with the ability to discuss concepts in groups, accommodating different ideas and reaching agreement;
  • research skills

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Find out about the various opportunities that our Careers Service offers.

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme.

This degree is based on our strongly held belief that in order to become a really great writer you need to be a good reader. You will develop advanced skills in the interpretation and analysis of literary texts, you will encounter texts from a range of historical periods and genres. Throughout the course you will use your knowledge of literature and textual production in your own creative work, exploring the relationship between creative and critical practice.

In the first foundation year, you will be introduced to core components of English and Creative Writing.

In your second year you will discover:

  • A range of techniques for reading and writing fiction and poetry;
  • Modes of descriptive writing;
  • The importance of plot;
  • The use of dialogue;
  • Some key figures from literary history (from Shakespeare to the Brontës);
  • Lesser known texts, and writers who are new-to-you;
  • A variety of “ways of reading” and some theoretical approaches to textual analysis;
  • Poetry, prose, drama, American Literature, adaptations, Classical literature, contemporary writing, medieval texts and much more.

In your third year you will explore:

  • The theoretical approaches to, and the practice of, literary criticism;
  • Your own writing style, informed by your reading and research;
  • A range of selected core texts from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century;
  • A number of specialist topics chosen by you (these might focus on a specific genre (such as crime fiction), historical period (such as the Victorian era), or theme (such as “transpositions”).

In your final year you will master:

  • Theory for writers and the application of theoretical perspectives the production and critical evaluation of your own creative work;
  • Extended writing and independent research in your final year writing project (chosen and defined by you with the support of a published author);
  • Your own specialisms drawn from a diverse range of option modules taught by writers in those fields. Our option modules include topics such as Elizabethan drama, the ghost story, queer fiction, writing for children, science fiction and fantasy, and much more.

In your final year you will have the opportunity to take part in a writing retreat at a country house in mid-Wales - an amazing opportunity to spend time with fellow students and staff, developing your final year projects and dissertations, in a splendid rural setting.

How will I be taught?

Our degree is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, and one-to-one tutorials. We also encourage self-directed learning designed to stimulate your academic interest in reading and writing and to nurture your personal and intellectual development.

You will be assessed through portfolios of your creative work, critical commentaries, essays, exams and oral presentations. You will also be required to complete additional, non-assessed, assignments and to work with others on particular tasks.

Further information:

As you study, you will develop a range of skills which will benefit you in further study or any graduate workplace. You will learn to: employ multiple critical techniques when approaching texts; develop a reflective practice in reading and writing; articulate a detailed critical analysis of your subject; and respond to any task with creativity, flair and style.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will help you with any problems or queries, whether these are academic-related or pastoral issues. Your personal tutor will also be responsible for delivering tutorials that will help you in the development of key skills.

You will also have the opportunity to complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP) at Aberystwyth. This is a structured process of self-appraisal, reflection, and planning, which will enable you to chart your personal, academic and professional development throughout your time at university. By recording your academic performance, and highlighting the skills you already have and those you will need for future employability, the PDP portfolio will equip you with the necessary tools to plan effectively, develop successful approaches to study, and consider your future career options and aspirations.

Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels

GCSE requirements (grade C min):

BTEC National Diploma:

International Baccalaureate:

European Baccalaureate:

The University operates an inclusive admissions policy and our offers can vary. Please refer to our country-specific pages for details of the international qualifications we accept. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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