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Do you have a story to tell, or have you always wanted to be a writer? Perhaps you want to learn how to be a critical reader or gain a greater understanding of the craft or writing.

Through the BA English Language and Creative Writing you’ll gain a better understanding about the English Language, as well as the process of writing so that you can find your voice, whether as a poet, playwright or novelist.

We offer a stimulating and supportive environment in which you can explore your ideas, hone your craft and understand how to use language effectively. Our creative writing modules are taught by lecturers who are themselves award-winning practitioners and who bridge the gap between creative and academic approaches to literature. They include our poetry lecturer Wayne Holloway-Smith, winner of the Poetry Society’s Geoffrey Dearmer Prize and Seamus Heaney Prize nominee.

In your first year, alongside core English Language modules, you’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English. The core Creative Writing module, Becoming a Writer, will introduce you to genres and forms and examine the universalities of dialogue, plot and language. A second core module, Writing for the Screen, introduces you to the key principles of scriptwriting, while the optional module Identity and Contemporary Writing introduces you to some of the most exciting new writing as a model for your own work.

Core modules in English Language in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and also study language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation in forensic linguistics. For Creative Writing you can explore the practicalities of getting published or working in literary publishing in a creative writing module taught by a former editor of Granta, the renowned magazine of new writing.

In your final year you can follow modules in different topics in English Language, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. For Creative Writing, your particular creative interest can be channelled into a long piece of writing, which can be poetry, prose or drama.

Why choose this course?

We give you:

  • An understanding of English language, to underpin a career in writing or publishing
  • An exciting and creative environment where you are taught by published writers
  • The opportunity to hone your craft through supportive feedback from tutors and peers
  • A platform for publishing your work and a springboard for your future life as a published author
  • An inspiring programme of visiting writers, workshops, readings and masterclasses
  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Over the years many of our graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. This particular course enables you to take steps to becoming a published author.

The analytical and intellectual transferable skills you’ve gained, including a critical approach to language use and communication, are valued by employers from a wide range of industries.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Course details

Teaching methods

Our English Language students benefit from being part of a supportive, research-active academic community. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, we use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods to help you work confidently and creatively.

Creative Writing is a practice-based discipline, with the opportunity to experiment by working in different forms. You’ll be taught in small groups in workshop spaces and will receive feedback from your tutors and your peers as you share your ideas, learn to edit and refine your work and develop your presentation and performance skills.

Our two poetry research fellows, Mark Waldron and Rachel Long, offer masterclasses, workshops and give regular readings, adding to the vibrant and creative environment in which you’ll be working.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our English Language and Creative Writing students, it will enable you to develop your skills and immerse yourself in a different culture and everyday life of that country. Recent students have studied in Japan and Korea.


Level 4

Core Modules

  • Becoming a Writer - 15 Credits
  • Communication, Interaction, Context - 15 Credits
  • Genre Fiction: Building Worlds - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the screen - 15 Credits
  • Identity and Contemporary Writing - 15 Credits
  • Investigating Language - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 1 - 15 Credits
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 2 - 15 Credits


  • Language and Mind - 15 Credits
  • Language in the Media - 15 Credits

Level 5

Core Modules

  • English Grammar - 15 Credits
  • Sounds of English - 15 Credits
  • Graduate Skills - 0 Credits


  • Learning and Teaching Language 2 - 15 Credits
  • Language and Species - 15 Credits
  • Language in Society - 15 Credits
  • Forensic Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Language Competencies in Career Development - 15 Credits
  • History of the English Language - 15 Credits
  • Research Methods in English Language & Communication - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the Stage - 15 Credits
  • Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem - 15 Credits
  • Writing for the Screen - 15 Credits
  • Learning and Teaching Language 1 - 15 Credits
  • Literature at Work - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules


  • Child Language & Communication - 15 Credits
  • Clinical Linguistics - 15 Credits
  • Language & Communication Project - 30 Credits
  • Language Processing - 15 Credits
  • Communication and Cultures - 15 Credits
  • Meaning and Context - 15 Credits
  • Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences - 15 Credits
  • Gender in Language and Communication - 15 Credits
  • Global Englishes - 15 Credits
  • Corpus-based Studies in English Language - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

72 - 168 UCAS points

IB – 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above. Find out more about international application requirements.

GCSE Maths grade 4 (D) and English Language grade 4 (C) or above.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


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