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English Literature with Creative Writing

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020



Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years


Department of English and Modern Languages

UCAS Tariff Points



Our English Literature with Creative Writing course teaches you to read, appreciate and write great literature. 
Our teaching staff include writers who are experts in their fields and whose publications contribute to the development of their subjects. We offer lectures by high-profile authors such as Philip Pullman. And we are home to the Poetry Centre, where you can attend workshops to improve your writing skills.

You will shape your writing through studying literary works and you will gain key transferable skills, including;

  • analytical thinking
  • evaluative and research skills
  • effective written and spoken communication
  • self-discipline. 

You’ll have opportunities to develop your career with our Work Placement modules. Our past students have had placements with;

  • the Oxford Literary Festival
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Story Museum.

We have excellent links with employers. Our graduates have found employment in a variety of areas, including;

  • publishing
  • journalism 
  • marketing
  • teaching.
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How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Further offer details

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to make the offer Unconditional. Please check your offer carefully where this will be confirmed for each applicant.

For combined honours, normally the offer will lie between the offers quoted for each subject.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions:

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Grade C in English (English, English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature)

GCSE: Grade 4 in English (English, English Language, English Literature or English Language and Literature)

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences


English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

We do not expect students to purchase any compulsory course books, as they are all available in the library. If students wish to purchase additional books to supplement their reading, this is at their own discretion.

Students organise placements themselves, and Oxford Brookes Careers Centre is on hand to provide you with assistance in finding your own placement. You are responsible for your own travel and associated costs, therefore it is advised that you organise placements bearing this in mind.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will learn the core skills you need for your whole degree. You will have compulsory modules in English Literature and Creative Writing. And you can choose modules from any subject the University offers.

In Year 2 you will start to specialise in the areas you find most interesting. You will deepen your knowledge of creative practice, and consider forms such as;

  • the crime novel
  • the sonnet
  • the non-fictional travel narrative.

In Year 3 you will have further independent learning. We will teach you in specialist classes run by tutors researching in a particular area.

In our Creative Writing (Advanced) module, you will develop your writing skills. And have the chance to submit your work to publishers.

In our Major Project in Creative Writing module you will produce 10,000 words of your own writing. This includes a critical commentary. You will have one-to-one support from the Creative Writing team. 

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Culture, Criticism and Literature 1

Culture, Criticism and Literature 2

Reading Oxford

Through this module, students will explore the literary landscape of Oxford. Students will engage with, consider and compare literatures produced inside and outside of the ‘literary establishment’ and the University of Oxford. 


Creative Writing (Introduction)

Critical Theory in Action

World Literature

Optional modules

Approaches to Performance

Understanding Digital Cultures

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Creative Writing (Intermediate)

This module offers an intermediate course in developing the writer’s art. It provides students who took the Creative Writing (Introduction) option in Year One with the opportunity to continue their practice working with a published novelist.

Literature in Time and Space

Literature, Self and Society

Optional modules

Special Topics: Genres

Special Topics: Periods

Special Topics: Stylistics

Special Topics: Themes

Work Placement and Graduate Skills

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Creative Writing (Advanced)

This module brings together the skills developed in the Creative Writing modules in Years 1 and 2, enabling students to work on a longer piece of writing and to develop an understanding of how a book works as a whole.

Through exposure to visits from a literary agent and/or editor, they also learn about the submissions process for publication.

The final submission for the module is a large piece of 6000 words (or equivalent in poetry) which shows an awareness of the final publication context within which the submission might exist, for example - chapters from a novel or memoir, or short stories/poems/essays from a proposed anthology.

Major Project in Creative Writing

The Major Project in Creative Writing represents an opportunity for you to concentrate on an extended project of writing over a calendar year with the aim of producing work that reflects significant research and reading, creative decision-making, editing and revision, and reflection on the basis of constructive feedback.

It enhances your critical self-awareness through the production of a commentary alongside the creative work that addresses the challenges and choices that formed part of the writing process.

Optional modules

Advanced Options 1

Advanced Options 2

Contemporary Literature (Synoptic) (Double credit honours)

English Literature Dissertation (Double credit honours)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent learning.

Lectures cover the key themes of each module. They take place once a week, usually for 50 minutes.

Seminars involve smaller groups of students. They encourage collective discussion and help you to;

  • clarify uncertainties
  • try out your own ideas
  • achieve expertise in oral communication.

Tutorials are individual meetings with your seminar tutor. You’ll discuss;

  • upcoming assessments
  • feedback on your work
  • aspects of the module you may want help with.

Independent learning 
Independent Learning allows you to pursue a specific topic in-depth, with direction from staff. 

  • Lectures and seminars
  • Placement
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.)

Year 1

  • Lectures and seminars - 50%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 50%

Year 2

  • Lectures and seminars - 33%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 67%

Year 3

  • Lectures and seminars - 12%
  • Placement - 0%
  • Other learning activities (including group work, research, conferences etc.) - 88%

Learning and teaching percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.


Assessment methods used on this course

We will assess you through exams, coursework or a mixture of both. Coursework includes;

  • creative writing
  • essays
  • critical rewrites of literary texts
  • group presentations.

Your examinations usually involve essays, or critical responses to a passage from a set text. 

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams

Year 1

  • Written exams - 50%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 2

  • Written exams - 50%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Year 3

  • Written exams - 50%
  • Coursework - 50%
  • Practical exams - 0%

Assessment method percentages are indicative. There may be slight year-on-year variations.

Study Abroad

You will have the opportunity to spend a semester experiencing another country and culture via the Study Abroad programme. Previously, students have studied in Australia, the US, Canada, Norway and Denmark.

Tuition fees are paid as they would be if you remained in the UK. You will be responsible for all other costs such as accommodation, purchasing your airfares, travel and health insurance and visas.

After you graduate

Career prospects

English Literature with Creative writing will help you to acquire a range of highly transferable qualities including analytical thinking, evaluative and research skills, self-discipline, and effective written and spoken communication.

Many of our MA alumni have gone on to win literary prizes and have their writing published. 

English Literature graduates go on to a wide variety of jobs in a number of different employment sectors. The following list is indicative of common destinations but is in no way comprehensive:

  • Arts administration and management
  • Journalism
  • Charity work
  • New Media
  • Civil Service
  • Creative Industries
  • Creative Industries
  • Further Study
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Marketing
  • Publishing
  • Retail Management
  • Teaching
  • NGOs.

Further study

Once you have successfully completed your degree, you may wish to stay with us to continue on to more in-depth postgraduate study. 

We currently offer taught courses for MA Creative Writing and MA English Literature, and also welcome those who would like to join us to undertake further research such as an MA by Research, an MPhil, or a PhD.

Our Staff

Dr Mary Jean Chan

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Dr Morag Joss

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Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.