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BA in English Literature and Creative Writing (Full Time)

Aberystwyth University

Bachelor Degree , English Literature

Course Description

In choosing Aberystwyth University's innovative English and Creative Writing Degree you will have the opportunity to develop both your creative and critical writing skills. Taught by distinguished, practising writers, you will find the English and Creative Writing degree both 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.

  • 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.

In choosing Aberystwyth University's innovative English and Creative Writing Degree you will have the opportunity to develop both your creative and critical writing skills. Taught by distinguished, practising writers, you will find the English and Creative Writing degree both challenging and rewarding. By studying various genres and styles, writing forms and techniques, you will develop a...

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Course Content

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 your first 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 second 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 third 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.

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...

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Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120

A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-DMM with a specified subject

International Baccalaureate:
30-28 with 5 points in an English related subject at Higher Level

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall with 7 in an English related subject

UCAS Tariff 104 - 120 A Levels BBB-BCC to include B in an English related subject GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4): English or Welsh BTEC National Diploma: DDM-DMM with a specified subject International Baccalaureate: 30-28 with 5...

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Assessment Methods

 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.

 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.