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English and Creative Writing

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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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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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

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Manchester Campus

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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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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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
86%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
95% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
91% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
93% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
88% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
95% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
91% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
79% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
72% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
70% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
88% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
81% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
86% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
88% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
77% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
91% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
76% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
83% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
91% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
90% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
72% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
79% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
88% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
84% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
71% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
40% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

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Statistics for English Studies (non-specific)

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points64

  • Employment Rate85%

  • Average Graduate Salary£17000

Statistics for Creative Writing

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS PointsN/A

  • Employment RateN/A

  • Average Graduate Salary£17000

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