Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

English with Creative Writing

Arts, English and Drama

Award Course length Course code Typical offer Start date End date
BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich Q3W8 AAB 1 October 2018 22 June 2022
BA (Hons) 3 years full-time QW38 AAB 1 October 2018 16 June 2021

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English with Creative Writing course overview

English is an inherently plural discipline, with some students choosing to focus on creative writing, some wishing to study literary history, and others wishing to study the English language.  This course offers great flexibility through its mixture of optional and compulsory options in creative writing, literary history and the study of language, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests. Our academic staff are recognized for their expertise in areas such as contemporary poetry and theory, playwriting, culture and communication, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. Their knowledge of these subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching makes this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study, a place where you can learn the many different skills you will need, including transferrable skills for your future employment.

The BA English with Creative Writing curriculum offers you the freedom to construct a course covering creative writing, literature and language within a broad range of fields and approaches, so providing a stimulating environment for your degree work. Students of creative writing will have the opportunity to study all of the major genres of creative writing (drama, poetry and prose), and will be encouraged to reflect analytically and critically on their developing practice as writers.  They will also be required to undertake a major piece of creative writing as part of their dissertation in their third year. 

Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with their personal tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (with additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other dedicated research and study environments.

The University offers three separate single honours English programmes: BA Hons English; BA Hons English with Creative Writing; and BA Hons English Literature.  Students on all three programmes will be given detailed academic guidance about their optional choices in each year, and will be given an opportunity to switch between awards, subject to the fulfillment of certain requirements.  

Maggie: English at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Maggie Nash explains how developing an academic support network has nurtured her desire to write and perform.

Modules


Year 1

Our combination of compulsory and optional modules will introduce you to all aspects of the subject and provide you with the skills you need for the rest of your degree studies. You will be introduced to theories and techniques in contemporary writing, foster independent creative writing skills and reflect on individual creative practice. The texts you will study are from the Renaissance period to the twenty-first century, and you will read many different forms of literature, learn key theoretical approaches to the material, and develop your skills in close reading, oral communication and essay-writing. 

Compulsory modules

  • Narrative Forms and Fiction
  • Introduction to Language
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Literary and Critical Theories
  • Elephants and Engines: An Introduction to Creative Writing

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Film Studies
  • How to do Things with Digital Text
  • Writing in History

Year 2

Our compulsory modules allow you to develop your understanding of the literature of different historical periods and to study a range of well-known and less familiar writings that will extend your knowledge and confidence in the subject. A choice of optional modules allows you to pursue areas of particular interest, and to deepen your understanding of the various social, cultural and political contexts of the texts you are studying. You are also able develop your creative writing techniques and approaches in order to identify your strengths and interests.

Compulsory modules (choose at least 2):

Choose at least one pre-1800 and one post-1800 module from the following:

  • Renaissance Writings (pre-1800)
  • Victorian Literature (post-1800)
  • Eighteenth-Century Literature (pre-1800)
  • Modernisms (post-1800)

Optional modules

  • Maps and Motors: The Writing Portfolio
  • Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture
  • Chivalry from Chaucer to Shakespeare
  • African American Culture
  • Philosophy, Literature and the Visual Arts
  • From Print to Digital: Publishing Revolutions
  • The Weird Tale
  • America at War
  • Diverse Voices
  • Women’s Writing in the Seventeenth Century
  • Modern Irish Literature
  • 19th Century Bodies
  • Arts Management
  • Creative Dissent: Protest, Activism and Art
  • Material Culture
  • Language in Society

Optional placement year

Optional professional placement.

Final year

Our modules give you the freedom to specialise even further in your own areas of interest. The wide range of course choices are taught from our tutors’ research specialisms and present you with the most current knowledge and theories. This is an exciting opportunity to study the literary texts, themes and contexts that you are passionate about.

Compulsory modules

  • Creative Writing Dissertation

Optional modules

  • Driving On: Writing Towards Publication
  • Writings of Intimacy
  • Rare Shakespeare
  • Cruel and Unusual: Punishment on Trial in American Culture
  • Romantic Writings 1815-1832
  • The Return of the King: Literature 1660-1714
  • The Modern Poet
  • Global America
  • Radicals and Reactionaries: Writing Women in the 1890s

You may choose to take a small number of modules from other disciplines as part of your degree in each year of your studies. Popular choices include:

  • Drama
  • Publishing
  • Languages (Chinese, French, German, Spanish)

There are also international exchange courses for study abroad.

Please note: optional modules are subject to availability and timetable permitting.

For indicative information on modular weight, content and assessment type please see module specifications.


Assessment

The course is assessed solely through coursework, using various methods to encourage students to develop a broad set of skills and competencies. Methods include: essays/reflective work, seminar participation, online in-class tests, annotated bibliographies, performance projects, in-class presentations, research projects, workbook/log books, group work and peer assessments and dissertation. Exposure to a range of written and oral methods of communication builds effective and professional skill-sets for maximum employability.


The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. Please see Terms and Conditions of Study for more information

Q3W8 English with Creative Writing - BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
BTEC
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM, plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 Diploma: Dist, Dist, plus A level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate: Dist plus AB in 2 A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art & Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science

QW38 English with Creative Writing - BA (Hons)

A-Level
AAB including English (Literature, Language or both) - ABB with A in English (Literature, Language or both) (General Studies accepted)
IB
35 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 5 at HL in English or 34 points with 6 5 5 at HL including 6 at HL in English
BTEC
BBTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: DDM, plus A Level English at grade B; BTEC Level 3 Diploma: Dist, Dist, plus A level English at grade B or BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate: Dist plus AB in 2 A Levels to include English
Relevant subjects include Performing Arts, Art & Design, Business, IT, Sport, Sport & Exercise Science

Selection

Applicants are usually selected solely on the basis of their UCAS application.  If applicants are made an offer of a place, they will be invited to visit the department giving them the opportunity to meet staff and students, see facilities and get an insight into what it is like to be a student at Loughborough.

Course fees 2017/18

UK/EU fee: £TBC   |   International fee: £TBC

Placement year fees for 2020/21 are still to be confirmed. As an indication, for 2017/18 the current placement fees are set at 20% of the yearly full-time fee for UK/EU students and £3,000 for international students.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from our English courses have entered careers in arts administration, accountancy, advertising, archiving, the civil service, creative arts, journalism, human resources, marketing, product development, management, the media (both TV and radio), public relations, publishing, research, teaching, law and web editing.

Professional placement (sandwich) year

Loughborough has a long history of supporting students with year-long paid work placements in business or industry in the UK or overseas, usually after your second year of study. Students gain enormously from the experience, and after completing their studies at university, are more likely to progress into high quality graduate employment.

Student Testimonials: Placements at Loughborough University

This is a short video of students who have been out on a placement sharing their experience and advice.

Studying abroad

Our courses enable you to study for a selected period of time in international destinations such as the United States, Canada, Singapore and continental Europe. Successful completion of a year abroad leads to the additional award of the Diploma for International Studies (DIntS) with the results from a semester abroad (3-4 months) counting towards your final degree.

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Department / School Key Information Sets

BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS 4 years full-time sandwich

UCAS code: Q3W8

BA (Hons) 3 years full-time

UCAS code: QW38