English with Creative Writing BA
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About the course
English and Creative Writing at Brunel, ranked 11th in the UK – Guardian League Tables, June 2016
English and Creative Writing is the perfect course to both learn about English Literature from the Renaissance to the present day and to gain crucial literary skills that will equip you to read and write at a high level.
This course is designed to develop your knowledge, understanding, analytical and creative skills through the analysis, interpretation and creation of literary texts and your own creative writing in a range of genres.
The range and choice of modules ensure that you will achieve a sound understanding of the principal genres and periods of English literature while at the same time developing your own writing ability.
Whether you’re interested in travel writing, journalism, comedy screenwriting, the short story or the contemporary novel, Brunel has a wide range of staff who regularly produce bestselling novels, screenplays for major movies or journalism for the best of the British and international press.
Combining this expertise with a supportive environment for students looking to break into writing, the Brunel Creative Writing BA is undoubtedly among the best in the country.
With our focus on the contemporary as well as a firm grounding in all aspects of English literature, our team is uniquely equipped to give you an excellent understanding of the importance of narrative and the value of reading and writing in the contemporary world, and to show you how best to use those skills in your future.
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This combined degree is designed to:
- provide a framework which demonstrates the scope of English literature, within which you can develop individual interests
- explore your creative abilities in a range of disciplines
- develop your responses to literary works and your competence in methods of independent reading
- develop skills of expression and critical evaluation, and techniques of scholarship and presentation
- develop a range of key skills and strategies for learning and imaginative thinking.
English with Creative Writing
College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences
Brunel University London
Tel +44 (0)1895 274000
The English courses as a whole cover all the major periods of literature from the Renaissance to the most recent publications in poetry, fiction and drama. Our lecturers have an excellent record of research and publication but, because our own areas of expertise are wide-ranging, we don’t promote any single critical approach as the ‘right way’ of reading literature. Instead we aim to introduce you right from the start to a variety of critical perspectives in preference to a routine chronological survey.
All Level 1 modules offer an introduction to a broad range of areas that are revisited and further developed at Levels 2 and 3.
The Creative Writing modules will foster your self-awareness and draw extensively on your individual personal experience and interests. You can choose from fiction, poetry, screenwriting and journalism in Level 2.
All modules at Level 3 will encourage you to be an active and independent critic and writer and will address a wide variety of different approaches to literature.
The Creative Writing Project will enable you to undertake an extended piece of creative work, encouraging full expression of the skills that the programme as a whole is designed to develop. This project allows you to give full reign to your personal interests. Whether it’s writing music journalism or epic poetry, this is your chance to create a project that fulfils your creative ambitions.
In Creative Writing and the Creative Industries successful creative writing students will have the option of continuing their creative work to Master’s level.
The BA consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.
- Learning London
- Reading Resilience
- Introduction to Writing Fiction
- Introduction to Writing Drama
- Introduction to Poetry
- Nineteenth-Century Novel
- Shakespeare Text and Performance
- The Women's Movement and 20th Century Writing
- Post-Colonial Writing
- Romanticism and Revolution
- Contemporary British Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- Writing Journalism
- Writing the Short Story
- Writing Contemporary Poetry
- Horror, Sci-Fi and Fantasy
- Writing Modern Fiction
- Writing Comedy
- Writing Modern Drama
- Performance Poetry
- Creative Writing and the Creative Industries
- Special Author
- Postcolonial Perspectives
- Victorian Literature and Culture
- Jane Austen
- Postmillennial Fictions
- A Sinking Island? British Poetry’s Response to Modernism and Postmodernism
- Post War and Late Twentieth Century Literature 1945 – 2001
- The Creative Industries
- The Long Novel
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and what you will learn on the course.
The Creative Writing department at Brunel is unique in its industry focus. We believe that it is important for fledgling writers to get the chance to hear from professional authors, and as well as our uniquely talented staff, we also run the Writers Series, which brings leading authors to our campus. Previous visitors have included:
- All staff are practising writers or are research-active and experts in their fields, which goes to inform and enhance teaching for all students.
- You have the opportunity to specialise in areas that particularly fascinate you or to maintain a broad-based degree. We have created a lively programme with a fresh approach to studying literature, and you can carry out a final year project on any related topic of your choice.
- You can study a modern foreign language as one of your Level 1 options. We also liaise closely with Brunel’s other arts and social sciences disciplines and encourage students to participate in all extra-curricular arts activities.
- The University is within reach of London with its West End theatres, the British Library, Shakespeare's Globe, museums, and other research centres of national and international importance.
Facts and Figures
The English and Creative Writing department at Brunel University London is one of the best in the UK for student satisfaction. We were ranked 11th in the 2016 Guardian League Tables.
Teaching and Assessment
You will be assigned a personal tutor who remains with you throughout your degree course and is available to discuss private and academic problems. We pride ourselves on our commitment to the individual, and you will find both academic and administrative staff only too pleased to help.
The degree course is modular. Each module is worth 20 credits and you must complete 120 credits for each year of your degree programme.
Each subject employs a wide range of assessment methods. These include coursework, individual and group projects, oral presentations, practical work, essays and written examinations.
English and Creative Writing is particularly good at developing the transferable skills that employers prize. The degree emphasises imagination, independence of thought and intellectual flexibility as well as professional skills.
Emphasis is placed on both acquisition of knowledge and on creative work. We aim to help you develop your ability to manage your own learning and your personal and collaborative communication skills.
In the 21st Century, good writing skills are more important than ever, and no matter in which field you end up working, this degree will enhance your ability to express yourself at a high professional level.
After graduation, students may enter one of the professions associated with communication-related employment, such as journalism, publishing, teaching or one of the many forms of old and new media, but our students fit just as easily into many other career environments. From the outset we help you to develop career options based on interests and skills. The College also offers an optional work experience module in the final year.
Our graduates have gone on to work in companies such as the BBC and Universal Studios, and a number of Brunel graduates have gone on to be published or to find literary agents for their work.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Entry Criteria 2017/18
- GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in English Literature, English Language and Literature or Literature in English.
- BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDD in Creative Media Production, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-level English Literature or English Language and Literature will be required to submit a written sample of work on request).
- BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD in any subject, with an A-level in English at grade B.
- BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BB including English.
- International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points including Higher Level 5 in English.
- Access to Higher Education Diploma Complete and pass a related subject Access course with 45 credits at Level 3 with Merit in all units and for Creative Writing, applicants must provide a sample of creative writing.
5 GCSEs to include Maths at Grade C and English Language at Grade C are also required.
Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants as well as our full GCSE requirements and accepted equivalencies in place of GCSEs.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
- Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.