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English with Creative Writing BA

Course code

Q3W8

QW81 with placement

Start date

September

Placement available

Mode of study

3 years full-time

4 years full-time with placement

4.5-6 years part-time

Fees

2019/20

UK / EU £9,250

International £15,400

Entry requirements

BBB (A-level)

DDM (BTEC)

30 (IB)

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Overview

Storytelling is part of every culture and reveals much about a person’s lived experience, values and aspirations within a given time. If reading is a pleasure and creative writing very much a part of you, then an English degree with creative writing might appeal.

If you’re ready to explore more widely, think more deeply and consider how you, as a reader, are placed in relation to a text and how that affects your interpretation, you’ve come to the right place.

Brunel offers one of the most highly regarded creative writing courses in the UK, with many staff members active as novelists, writers for performance, or as cultural critics.Through them you will learn and practice the fundamentals of writing in a variety of forms including poetry and film.

After a first year of introductory writing modules with options in literature to develop your critical reading, your exploration in English and creative writing is very much down to your own interests.

In years two and three a wealth of optional modules await you, covering every period and genre in literature from Shakespeare to Austen, comedy to horror and world literature, alongside further writing options in journalism and modern fiction.

Throughout your course you will be encouraged to express your own thoughts and creativity in your coursework and seminars, which will help you to grow as a critic and writer.

English with Creative Writing BA will equip you with personal skills employers’ prize in graduates – exceptional written and verbal communication and the ability to work collaboratively in teams. At Brunel you will be able to develop these in abundance.

Opt for a placement year and you will gain real-world work experience while you study which will further increase your attractiveness to employers when you graduate.

Outside of your classroom, you can look forward to events and activities organised by the Brunel Centre for Contemporary Writing, including the annual Hillingdon Literary Festival: a free weekend of literary performances from internationally renowned authors, writing workshops and lively debates, right here on campus.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

English with Creative Writing BA at Brunel will give you deeper knowledge of English literature history, world literature and genre writing as you develop key investigate skills with a wealth of optional modules to suit your interests and aspirations.

Optional modules are indicative and available subject to numbers.

This course can be studied 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement or 4.5-6 years part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

This course has a placement option. Find out more about work placements available.

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Careers and your future

Several Brunel graduates of creative writing have gone onto publish their own work, but you’ll be well equipped for any role where written English is a central feature including copywriting or scriptwriting for radio or television.

Your future doesn’t have to be in publishing, writing or poetry unless you want it to be, there’s so much you can do with an English and Creative Writing BA. Brunel graduates fit just as easily into other career environments, and the opportunity of doing a placement year to gain experience in a job role and industry sector will be a distinct advantage.

Many Brunel English graduates go into teaching, media-related jobs like publishing, marketing and journalism, and others into the business world as account executives, campaign organisers and consultants.

Above all, English with Creative Writing BA will benefit your own writing, critique and self-expression.

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UK entry requirements

  • GCE A-level BBB, including Grade B in English Literature or English Language plus Literature or Literature in English.
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma DDM in Creative Media Production, plus Grade B in A-level English (Applicants without A-level English 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 Literature or English Language and Literature combined at grade B. OR BTEC Diploma in Creative Media Production and 1 A-level from this list Psychology, Sociology, Government and Politics, Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy then applicant must supply a written sample of work.
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma D in any subject, with A-levels grade BB including English Literature or English Language and Literature combined. OR if taking any BTEC subject with 2 A-levels to include one from this list: Psychology, Sociology, Government and Politics, Languages, History, Anthropology, Philosophy then applicant must supply a written sample of work.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma 30 points including 5 in Higher Level 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. Access students will be required to provide a sample of writing on request.

A minimum of five GCSEs are required, including GCSE English Language grade C or grade 4. GCSE Mathematics grade C or grade 4 is also normally 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.

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EU and International entry requirements

If you require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, you must prove knowledge of the English language so that we can issue you a Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS). To do this, you will need an IELTS for UKVI or Trinity SELT test pass gained from a test centre approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and on the Secure English Language Testing (SELT) list. This must have been taken and passed within two years from the date the CAS is made.

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)

You can find out more about the qualifications we accept on our English Language Requirements page.

Should you wish to take a pre-sessional English course to improve your English prior to starting your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider for the same reason. We offer our own BrunELT English test and have pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet requirements or who wish to improve their English. You can find out more information on English courses and test options through our Brunel Language Centre.

Please check our Admissions pages for more information on other factors we use to assess applicants. This information is for guidance only and each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Entry requirements are subject to review, and may change.

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Fees and funding

2019/20

UK / EU

£9,250 full-time

£6,935 part-time

£1,000 placement year

International

£15,400 full-time

£11,550 part-time

£1,000 placement year

Fees quoted are per year and may be subject to an annual increase. Home/EU undergraduate student fees are regulated and are currently capped at £9,250 per year; any changes will be subject to changes in government policy. International fees will increase annually, by no more than 5% or RPI (Retail Price Index), whichever is the greater.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

See our fees and funding page for full details of undergraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

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Teaching and Learning

You will be taught in lectures and seminars (smaller groups to encourage discussion), workshops and tutorials by a team of passionate English scholars and writers who have written books that cover a breadth of genres, who are experts in their field and the craft of writing.

Your learning will be varied and lively to enable you to gain knowledge and skills in a variety of ways; however, independent study is a key component in an English literature degree with a substantial amount of reading as independent study.

Beyond the classroom, you will have access to Brunel’s Virtual Learning Environment where you can access a variety of specialist literary databases to support your studies.

Should you need any non-academic support during your time at Brunel, the Student Support and Welfare Team are here to help.

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Assessment and feedback

Each module on the course has its own method of assessment which could include an essay, presentation, practical work, or a combination of these to allow you to build up marks in variety of different ways, and to discover your strengths.

In your final year, you will research and write a dissertation on a topic of your choice under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor. Many students value this unique experience and the opportunity to become authorities in an area of English literature research.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.