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BA in English and Creative Writing (Full Time)

Manchester Metropolitan University

Bachelor Degree , Creative Writing

Course Description

Our creative writing courses are taught by world-renowned writers from the Manchester Writing School; one of the most successful of its kind in the UK, with more than 85 graduates and MA students who’ve gone on to become published writers. But skilled writers must also be well-developed readers and this course offers the best of both worlds, allowing you to combine Creative Writing and English as part of a joint degree.

While studying and practising creative writing, you’ll take a range of options from the English degree, including American literature, film, television and cultural studies. As you progress, you’ll have the chance to focus on creative writing workshops focusing on two out of three of prose, poetry and script. If you choose the placement route, you will spend Year 3 of your studies on an industry placement. Placement learning is a key element of the course as it allows you to apply university based knowledge, skills and understanding to the real world of work. It also gives you an advantage when you begin looking for your first job upon graduating. And in the final year you’ll be ready to undertake an all-important independent creative project. 

By the time you leave us, you’ll have an excellent understanding of the critical and cultural contexts in which you’re writing, together with the skills and experience to excel in the creative journey from original idea to finished work.

Our creative writing courses are taught by world-renowned writers from the Manchester Writing School; one of the most successful of its kind in the UK, with more than 85 graduates and MA students who’ve gone on to become published writers. But skilled writers must also be well-developed readers and this course offers the best of both worlds, allowing...

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Course Content

Students may study both elements in equal depth and can be divided into a number of key areas. In Creative Writing, students can expect to develop their work over the three years. The published writers who teach on the BA programme include Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Andrew Hurley, Susan Barker, Rachel Genn, Rachel Lichtenstein, Anjum Malik, Monique Roffey, Nikolai Duffy, Catherine Fox, Livi Michael, Gregory Norminton, Adam O’Riordan, Joe Stretch, Michael Symmons Roberts, Antony Rowland, Jean Sprackland and Julie Wilkinson.

Year 1

You will explore genres and understand these in terms of formal and thematic properties. You will examine the relationships between poetry, prose and drama by studying  some of the major works that define each genre. You will also consider the reasons why writers make generic and formal choices, and in your own creative writing, you will be encouraged to experiment in genres and forms, engaging critically with issues raised by each.

Year 2

You will begin to specialise by taking two out of three writing workshop modules in poetry, prose and drama taught by practising writers. You will be encouraged to experiment, to engage with issues raised by formal choices such as point of view and diction, and to develop workshop and editorial skills. You will also learn about the history of literary transmission of texts. This focuses specifically on texts and their relation to technologies of the age, and the nature and resources of the literary artist. In addition, you will select option units from the wider English programme, including opportunities to study film, and American literature and culture.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 2 of this programme but may be subject to change.

Year 3

This course offers a placement year option which can be taken up in Year 3. During the placement year, although you will be supervised directly by the company you are employed by, you will also be allocated an Academic/Placement Tutor. They will provide support and guidance, assess your progress and generally monitor your welfare for the time you are away from the University.

Where a placement is not undertaken you will study the following final year units. Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 3 of this programme but may be subject to change.

Year 4

If you have completed a placement in Year 3 you will study the following final year units in Year 4.

Please note, these option units are indicative of what options may be on offer in Year 4 of this programme but may be subject to change.

Students may study both elements in equal depth and can be divided into a number of key areas. In Creative Writing, students can expect to develop their work over the three years. The published writers who teach on the BA programme include Helen Mort, Andrew McMillan, Andrew Hurley, Susan Barker, Rachel Genn, Rachel Lichtenstein, Anjum Malik, Monique Roffey, Nikolai Duffy, Catherine Fox, Livi...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives. 

An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History, Media Studies and General Studies will also be considered

Performing Arts, Production Arts or Creative Media Production are preferred from applicants studying BTEC qualifications

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points -  units taken must include some element of literary or cultural study.

UCAS tariff points/grades required 104-112 104-112 UCAS Tariff points from three A2s or acceptable alternatives.  An English subject at GCE A Level is preferred, e.g. English Language, English Literature, English Language/Literature or Creative Writing. Subjects such as Drama, Theatre Studies, Film Studies, Religious Education, History,...

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