English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS code QW38 BA/ECW

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About this course 2018/19

Do you want to explore the treasures of literature while also training yourself as a writer? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a strongly creative community, you’ll be set for an intellectually stimulating experience that also develops valuable transferable skills.

In Literature modules you will cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction, fostering your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts. You will produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, and share your insights with others confidently.

In Creative Writing modules you will hone your craft as a writer with an emphasis on voice, structure and critical reflection. Workshops will allow you to reflect on your practice as you develop your own creative projects.

The course combines academic rigour with a concern for employability skills such as communication and analysis. 

100% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 93% of students are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016)

Learn from the best

English at Northumbria enjoys international recognition for the quality of teaching and research, and our modules are routinely praised by external examiners. Our publications in English and Creative Writing are ranked 15th in the country for their quality, by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our staff actively explore and shape what literary studies mean in the 21st century, and our expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what we teach.

Creative Writing is both researched and practised at Northumbria and our team includes award-winning novelist and poets, who are major figures in their field. Furthermore, through our partnership with New Writing North, the foremost literary promotion agency in the north of England, we give you opportunities to meet and learn from agents, publishers, and writers from across the country.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, writing workshops and individual tutorials. These are backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as we work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work. Tutors are very approachable and 93% of students find it’s easy to contact staff when needed, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods are engaging and diverse, including portfolios of creative work, reflective commentaries on your creative practice, presentations, essays, exams, critical reviews, and even blogs.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The use of TEL enables us to ‘flip’ our classrooms where appropriate, so that contact time is focused on answering questions and applying what you have already learnt.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

There are over half a million print books and another 500,000 electronic books available online. Further facilities, including a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms, are available at the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for their subjects, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English Literature and Creative Writing.

As part of the strong research-rich ethos, you will build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations, and develop well-founded arguments. In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake either a dissertation or a major creative project. Whichever you choose, you will be expected to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During your time at Northumbria you can gain experience as a writer or editor at ‘The Edge’, our student magazine. Also, the University has a close relationship with the writing agency, New Writing North, and there are frequently internship opportunities for Creative Writing students and graduates.

In the second year you will have the option of studying in another country. North America and mainland Europe are popular places for students to spend a semester, taking modules that will count towards their final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

In the final year there is the option to undertake a module entitled ‘Enterprise and Writing’ which introduces you to the world of writing and publishing by introducing you to agents, publishers, and up-and-coming new writers, who share their experiences with you.

Throughout your studies the personal guidance programme will engage you in one-to-one and group workshops on employability. In addition, the University’s Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

With highly honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. 90% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing the course (Unistats 2015). There are logical career paths into writing, publishing, media, communications and advertising, but frequently our graduates also use their transferable skills to work in business, law and teaching, or to undertake postgraduate study.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

About this course 2019/20

Do you want to explore the treasures of literature while also training yourself as a writer? This flexible course will enable you to do both at the same time. Learning within a strongly creative community, you’ll be set for an intellectually stimulating experience that also develops valuable transferable skills.

In Literature modules you will cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction, fostering your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts. You will produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, and share your insights with others confidently.

In Creative Writing modules you will hone your craft as a writer with an emphasis on voice, structure and critical reflection. Workshops will allow you to reflect on your practice as you develop your own creative projects.

The course combines academic rigour with a concern for employability skills such as communication and analysis. 

100% of students agreed that staff are good at explaining things and 93% of students are satisfied overall with their course (National Student Survey, 2016)

Learn from the best

English at Northumbria enjoys international recognition for the quality of teaching and research, and our modules are routinely praised by external examiners. Our publications in English and Creative Writing are ranked 15th in the country for their quality, by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our staff actively explore and shape what literary studies mean in the 21st century, and our expertise and enthusiasm feed directly into what we teach.

Creative Writing is both researched and practised at Northumbria and our team includes award-winning novelist and poets, who are major figures in their field. Furthermore, through our partnership with New Writing North, the foremost literary promotion agency in the north of England, we give you opportunities to meet and learn from agents, publishers, and writers from across the country.

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, writing workshops and individual tutorials. These are backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as we work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work. Tutors are very approachable and 93% of students find it’s easy to contact staff when needed, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods are engaging and diverse, including portfolios of creative work, reflective commentaries on your creative practice, presentations, essays, exams, critical reviews, and even blogs.

A wide range of option modules are offered on this course. To ensure the quality of the student learning experience, some modules are subject to minimum and maximum student numbers.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. The use of TEL enables us to ‘flip’ our classrooms where appropriate, so that contact time is focused on answering questions and applying what you have already learnt.

The 24/7 University Library achieves some of the highest levels of student satisfaction in the UK and has held the Cabinet Office accreditation for Customer Service Excellence since 2010.

There are over half a million print books and another 500,000 electronic books available online. Further facilities, including a resource room, specialist computing equipment and interview rooms, are available at the Institute for the Humanities, in the University’s Lipman Building.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

At Northumbria your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s passion for their subjects, which has enabled the University to climb into the UK’s top 30 for research power in English Literature and Creative Writing.

As part of the strong research-rich ethos, you will build up your own research skills as you formulate questions, critique different interpretations, and develop well-founded arguments. In your first year you will be introduced to enquiry-based learning, engaging critically with research in seminars and assessments. In your second year there is increased focus on starting to conduct your own research. In the final year you will undertake either a dissertation or a major creative project. Whichever you choose, you will be expected to demonstrate independent learning, academic rigour, self-directed purpose and intellectual ambition.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

During your time at Northumbria you can gain experience as a writer or editor at ‘The Edge’, our student magazine. Also, the University has a close relationship with the writing agency, New Writing North, and there are frequently internship opportunities for Creative Writing students and graduates.

In the second year you will have the option of studying in another country. North America and mainland Europe are popular places for students to spend a semester, taking modules that will count towards their final degree. This type of international experience will give you an extra edge in the jobs market.

In the final year there is the option to undertake a module entitled ‘Enterprise and Writing’ which introduces you to the world of writing and publishing by introducing you to agents, publishers, and up-and-coming new writers, who share their experiences with you.

Throughout your studies the personal guidance programme will engage you in one-to-one and group workshops on employability. In addition, the University’s Careers and Employment Service will offer a range of workshops, one-to-one advice, and networking opportunities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

With highly honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. 90% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing the course (Unistats 2015). There are logical career paths into writing, publishing, media, communications and advertising, but frequently our graduates also use their transferable skills to work in business, law and teaching, or to undertake postgraduate study.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course info

UCAS Code QW38 BA/ECW

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Humanities

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

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