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English Literature with Creative Writing

BA (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

Q3W8

Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 3 years

Part time: 6 years

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview


Do you want to enhance your talent and creativity as a writer, while developing your ideas within a supportive team of published authors? When you choose English Literature and Creative Writing at Oxford Brookes, you’re choosing to hone your power as a writer, and push the limits of what you can do. 

You’ll join a close-knit community of writers, led by internationally-acclaimed authors and poets. You’ll shape your writing through studying groundbreaking literary texts. And you’ll network with literary agents, as you navigate the process of getting your own work published.

You’ll have the freedom to truly grow and discover yourself as a writer. We’ll support you every step of the way and offer constructive feedback as you experiment with new forms and genres. Whether you’re exploring poetry, travel, fiction or fantasy, you’ll discover new strengths and abilities, and gain key creative skills for your future career. 

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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

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

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: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

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

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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
Home/EU full time
£9,250

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

International full time
£13,900

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International / EU full time
£14,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

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

International full time
£13,900

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

International / EU full time
£14,500

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’ll develop the core creative skills you need to engage with literature, and express your full power as a writer. You’ll take compulsory modules in English Literature and Creative writing. If you want to further enrich your degree, you can choose modules from any other subject the university offers. 

In Year 2, you’ll start to specialise in the areas that fascinate you. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of creative practice and expression, through studying forms such as:

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

In Year 3 , you’ll have the chance to submit your writing to publishers. You’ll learn in specialist classes shaped around your tutors’ research interests, meaning you’ll always be taught by an expert and published author in the field.

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Culture, Criticism and Literature 1

In this module, you’ll gain the tools you need to succeed in your degree. The gap between school and university can feel daunting, but these positive study and self-management skills will unlock your academic and creative potential, allowing you to thrive. You’ll gain skills in:

  • active close-reading
  • critical analysis 
  • research
  • bibliography and referencing
  • reading a wide range of texts
  • understanding writers’ stylistic choices.

You’ll be taught in small groups (seminars), allowing you to delve fully into your ideas and those of others. Seminars involve weekly close-reading, discussion and critique, as well as writing and research exercises. 

Culture, Criticism and Literature 2

Are all interpretations of literature equally true? Is it fair to consider some texts as more influential than others? In this module, you’ll build on the skills you’ve gained from your Culture, Criticism and Literature 1 module. You’ll gain key skills in essay-planning and constructing a persuasive argument, allowing you to succeed in your assessments. You’ll develop key analytical knowledge, as you practise how to read and write critically. You’ll consider how your circumstances might affect the way you read and how your way of reading would change depending on your situation. You’ll challenge your own assumptions about the world, and how these affect your perspective as a literary critic.

Reading Oxford

In this module, you’ll investigate Oxford’s rich literary life, both past and present. You’ll dive into texts written, performed and set in Oxford, as you think about how the city’s literature is shaped by its geography, population and reputation. You’ll read established texts and writers, as well as literature outside of centres of power and privilege. You’ll think critically about yourself and your own writing and analysis, in relation to the city’s spaces. You'll spend some time getting to know your new home by walking around it, and you'll be asked to create your own guided literary tour of the city.

Shakespeare

In this module, you’ll explore Shakespeare, and gain the skills to study his writing at university. You’ll dive into Shakespeare’s wide range of plays and poems, exploring him not only as a cornerstone of English literary tradition, but as a global phenomenon. You’ll dig into Shakespeare’s language, themes and genres through:

  • film
  • visual art
  • other media. 

You’ll gain key analytical skills as you explore the cultural context in which Shakespeare wrote, and investigate his impact on the world. You’ll also watch live Shakespearan performances as part of your study.

Creative Writing (Introduction)

In this module, you’ll enhance your power and ability as a creative writer. You’ll attend workshops where you’ll learn through reading, writing, discussion and feedback. You’ll practise your own writing, explore the interplay of creativity and craft, and analyse how you work as a writer. You’ll join other students in exploring key approaches in poetry and prose, through:

  • practical writing exercises 
  • discussing each-other’s work
  • critically analysing the work of published writers
  • exploring key writing practices. 

You’ll produce a portfolio of original creative writing, as well as a study of the aims and processes of your creative work. You’ll develop excellent writing habits, and the ability to reflect on your own writing practices. You’ll also understand the literary and cultural context of your own writing. 

Critical Theory in Action

In this module, you’ll get to grips with key elements of literary criticism and theory. You’ll debate pressing critical questions, and develop your awareness of issues that are key to understanding literature and society.  

You’ll build on the knowledge you’ve gained in your other introductory English modules and you'll learn to think quickly but carefully about yourself and your place in the world, enabling you to excel in both academically and professionally. You’ll increase your knowledge of:

  • a range of theoretical and critical concepts
  • how those concepts can be applied to literary texts from different periods; 
  • how these theories apply to issues of language, culture, and textuality

You’ll cover one text over two weeks, applying a new theory or critical framework to it each week. You’ll gain skills and strategies that will benefit you for your whole degree.

World Literature

In this module, you’ll investigate literature from a diverse range of cultures beyond the British Isles. You’ll look at the relationship between cultures, and criticism, textual form and genre. You’ll explore the development of the English language across the world. You’ll gain key analytical skills as you examine issues of meaning that arise when we translate literature into different languages and contexts. You’ll also develop knowledge of:

  • literature and its global context
  • postcolonial theory and its relevance to the flourishing of different perspectives
  • culturally and historically significant literary forms
  • the ideologies which help to shape our views of the world.

Optional modules

Approaches to Performance

In this module, you’ll examine theatre in the spotlight - and gain a range of theatrical skills. You’ll question the false difference between performance in practice and performance theory. You’ll explore a range of key performance ideas, including how to stage Expressionist theatre or draw on rehearsal techniques for Naturalist performance. You’ll gain firm knowledge of theatrical forms and approaches to performance, such as: 

  • Naturalism
  • Performing modernist political theatre
  • melodrama
  • Staging and lighting

You’ll also pay attention to your own actions as you learn, enhancing your knowledge of theatrical skills.  

Understanding Digital Cultures

Are you interested in exploring how digital technologies are shaping our everyday lives within government, business, education, social and entertainment contexts? In this module, you’ll explore the impact changing digital cultures has on our institutions, communication practices and consumption habits. You’ll examine aspects of digital cultures through some of the objects and practices that they themselves engage with. And, you’ll be given opportunities to reflect on issues of identity, relationships, privacy, truth, and power through researching aspects of your own digital life and experiences.

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Creative Writing (Intermediate)

In this module, you’ll develop your talent and range as a creative writer. You’ll build on the skills you gained in your Creative Writing (Introduction) module in Year 1. You’ll experiment with a number of forms and prose styles, including:

  • crime writing 
  • travel writing 
  • science fiction.

You’ll also explore techniques of writing poetry through forms such as the sonnet. You’ll increase your creativity, and reflect on your creative choices, as you critically examine what you and your fellow students write. 

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

Do you want to enhance your CV and professional skills by working for an organisation that interests you? Or would you rather focus on developing key creative enterprise skills that will enhance your career prospects? In this module, you can choose between two pathways. You can do a work placement, where you’ll be able to explore a potential career path and gain valuable work experience and academic credit. Alternatively, you can choose to work on a creative enterprise project, allowing you to develop professional communication and project management skills.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Creative Writing (Advanced)

In this module, you’ll meet literary agents and editors, as you explore the submissions process of publication. You’ll understand how a book works as a whole, developing the skills you gained in your Creative Writing modules in Years 1 and 2. You’ll produce a 6000-word piece of writing on a theme or idea that fascinates you. You’ll also consider how this piece would look within a published work, for example, chapters from a novel, or poems from a proposed full-length collection.

Major Project in Creative Writing

In this module, you’ll produce a writing project, born of your passions, extended research and creative decision-making. You’ll enhance your creativity and craft as you edit and revise your piece, reflecting on constructive feedback from your own, expert supervisor. You’ll also produce a commentary on the challenges and choices you faced in your writing process. This will help you become more critically aware of your work.

Optional modules

Advanced Options 1

Advanced Options 1 offers a number of topics, so you can investigate the period, genre, themes or styles that fascinate you. The options reflect our staff’s research expertise, giving you the chance to engage with current research at a sophisticated level. The options available may vary from year to year. Advanced Options 1 will include:

  • The Theatrical City: Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
  • Ecology and Romanticism
  • The Pre-Raphaelites and the Victorian Literary Imagination 
  • Post-colonial Writing.

Advanced Options 2

Advanced Options 2 offers various topics, giving you the chance to explore the period, genre, themes or styles that capture your imagination. The options on offer reflect our staff’s research expertise, allowing you to engage with current research at a sophisticated level. The options available may vary from year to year. Advanced Options 2 will include:

  • Romanticism: the Gendered Self
  • Theatre and Madness
  • Afro-American Avant-Gardes
  • Locating the Middlebrow Novel
  • Interpretation.

Independent Study in English

In this module, you choose, plan and develop an individual or group project. As this is an independent study, you’ll have huge scope in the choice of subject and format. You could take an unusual approach to the work of an author, text or topic, perhaps offering perspectives not found in existing modules. You could develop your own approach, using modes of expression or representation that stand outside the traditional academic curriculum. 

You could also draw on work experience or engagement with the wider community. Previous Independent Study modules have included:

  • a supplementary course on creative writing
  • a log of work-experience as a teaching assistant in a school
  • analysis of texts generated in an office environment
  • a log of work as a stage manager on a theatre production
  • a video with commentary on Cowley Road round the clock
  • mask design and critical-historical commentary for a Shakespeare performance
  • illustrated study of costume in a nineteenth-century novel.

Contemporary Literature (Double credit honours)

From 9-11 to the rise of the digital world, how does literature explore issues which are directly relevant to our lives? In this module, you’ll dive into literature written in the last decade. You’ll examine a series of exciting texts, exploring how we live in the 21st Century. From climate change literature to political manifestos, you’ll study and debate the big issues that face our society today.

English Literature Dissertation (Double credit honours)

This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. Over the course of your final year, you’ll work independently on a research project, with the help of an expert tutor. Whether you’re delving into children’s literature, gaming or the dystopian worlds of George Orwell, your dissertation will grow out of your specific passion, and you’ll gain excellent self-discipline and organisation skills for work. 

This module gives you the chance to do research on a topic that fascinates you. Over the course of your final year, you’ll work independently on a research project, with the help of an expert tutor. Whether you’re delving into gothic literature, gaming or the dystopian worlds of George Orwell, your dissertation will grow out of your specific passion, and you’ll gain excellent self-discipline and organisational skills for work. You’ll gain core skills for your career, including:

  • research
  • critical analysis
  • time-management 
  • planned and focused writing.

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’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials and independent learning. 

In lectures you’ll learn the core themes of each module, giving you a strong understanding of the course and preparing you for assessments. 

In seminars, you’ll learn in small, select sessions. These encourage in-depth discussion with your fellow students, allowing you to clarify uncertainties and explore your own ideas

In tutorials, you’ll meet individually with your seminar tutor. You’ll receive one-to-one feedback and support on your:

  • work 
  • upcoming assessments 
  • any aspects of the module you may want help with 

Independent learning allows you to produce a project or piece of writing on a topic that really grabs your interest. You’ll have the support of our expert lecturers. 

  • 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

Assessment methods used on this course

You’ll be assessed through exams, coursework or a mixture of both. Coursework takes a variety of forms, including:

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

Exams 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.

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