About the course

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.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) English Language
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) English Language 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) Creative Writing

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

Course details

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.

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.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Becoming a Writer 15 Credits Compulsory
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Compulsory
    Genre Fiction: Building Worlds 15 Credits Compulsory
    Writing for the screen 15 Credits Compulsory
    Identity and Contemporary Writing 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Optional
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in English Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Stage 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Imagination: The Art of the Poem 15 Credits Optional
    Writing for the Screen 15 Credits Optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Optional
    Literature at Work 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Tell It Slant: Writing and Reality 15 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Compulsory
    Short Story Workshop 15 Credits Compulsory
    Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language & Communication Project 30 Credits Optional
    Language Processing 15 Credits Optional
    Language & Communication Short Project 15 Credits Optional
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional
    Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Poetry 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Prose 30 Credits Optional
    Creative Writing Project Script 30 Credits Optional
    Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional
  • 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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2019

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2020

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    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students