BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Our BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree is designed to inspire and develop your interest and appreciation for the vast and enriching world of literature and ideas. Meanwhile, you’ll have extensive opportunities to develop and enhance your own approaches to expression and communication.

BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Course details

Literature is an extraordinary resource for broadening your intellectual understanding. It’s one of the most powerful ways we can experience others’ lives, enjoy worlds we’ve never visited, and develop our appreciation for the sheer power of words in expressing ideas and emotions. Through in-depth study and analysis of a range of texts and formats – including prose, poetry and plays – you’ll have the chance to hone your critical skills and develop your prowess as a creative communicator.

We’ll guide and support you through a rich course of study that should help you extend your understanding of language and how it can inform, persuade, shock and delight. Join us on a journey into the world of literature, where we’ll help you develop a deeper understanding of the social, political, historical and cultural contexts, and the impact of literary texts.

Our experienced and highly qualified team offers you a supportive environment in which to explore the central role of language in the creation of meaning. Through research, discussion, argument and analysis, you’ll have opportunities to learn to use language, effectively and powerfully, to achieve your goals.

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: QW38
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Course highlights:

  • Our English and Creative Writing courses are ranked second in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.
  • The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 also ranks our English subject area as top in the UK for student experience and second in the UK for teaching quality.
  • You’ll get the opportunity to benefit from our strong links with external creative organisations, including the nationally acclaimed Octagon Theatre, Bolton, where you can gain behind-the-scenes access and workshop experience.
  • To give you publishing experience, we encourage you to submit your work to our literary magazine The Bolton Review.
  • Our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers are professional writers and researchers whose work is published or produced on stage, screen or radio.
  • We have excellent industry contacts and strong links to external creative organisations such as publishers, production companies, theatres, libraries, art galleries, schools, funding bodies and arts development agencies – so we can offer you work experience in a wide variety of settings.

Key features:

  • We offer popular options in women’s writing, Gothic fiction, children’s literature, film adaptation and contemporary poetry, as well as a range of creative writing workshops in poetry, fiction and drama.
  • You can benefit from the latest thinking and discoveries, as our course tutors are active researchers in poetry, prose and drama, and feed their knowledge back into the curriculum.
  • We’ll help you develop a range of skills highly valued by employers, such as written and verbal communication, presenting information and ideas, argument and persuasion, working to tight deadlines, and research and critical analysis.
  • You can attend guest lectures from literary scholars, and hear contemporary writers’ work at the University’s regular literature events.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 96
  • Start date: 21/09/2020
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BA (Hons)
  • UCAS code: QW38
  • Duration: 4.5 years

Your Level 3 subjects should normally include English; for instance, A-level English Language and Literature or Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject.

You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English.

If you don't have the above qualifications but have a strong portfolio of relevant work then we encourage you to apply.

You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

This degree gives you a unique and exceptional opportunity to enhance your creative and analytical abilities – by developing your creative writing talents alongside the critical study of English through literature. We aim to help you develop the skills and knowledge to craft confident, evocative and persuasive prose.

Creativity, curiosity and self-motivation are valuable transferable skills, along with the oral and written communication, time-management and organisational attributes sought by employers across the sectors.

What can I do with this qualification?

Many graduates seek work as a writer on a self-employed, freelance basis. Also, public and private sector organisations such as educational institutions, retail companies, local and national government, media companies, and charitable organisations employ graduates in a range of roles, including teaching, administration, editing and publishing, advertising, journalism, general management and marketing.

You may aim to go on and study an MA or PhD in a variety of fields, and teaching is also a popular option. Others may decide to undertake a more vocational route and study courses related to teaching, journalism, librarianship or publishing.

Alternative career options

  • Libraries
  • Social media management
  • Information services
  • Leisure and tourism
  • Web content production
  • Public relations
  • Technical writing
  • Research
  • Strategic communications
  • Screen and play writing
  • Novelist/poet

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or


International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

We offer a wide range of full-time courses in lots of different subjects, many of our courses start in September and January. If you would like to see what courses are available please visit our Course Search.

Teaching & assessment


Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Scholarship
  • Stories and Narrative
  • Introduction to Literature: Form and Genre
  • Introduction to Literature: Text and Context
  • Writing Poetry and Fiction
  • Writing Drama
  • Future Directions
  • Critical Dialogues
  • The Literature of Love
  • Perspectives on Poetry
  • Aspects of Prose Fiction
  • Writing Drama: The Turn of the Story
  • Writing Fiction: The Character of the Writing
  • Writing Poetry: The Shape of the Voice
  • Writing for Publication
  • Approaches to Drama
  • Gothic Narratives
  • Adaptation
  • Ambivalent Intimacies: Reading Contemporary British Fiction
  • Virtual Victorians
  • Children's Literature
  • Narrative Representations of Female Desire
  • Special Authors
  • Renaissance Drama
  • The Writers' Room: Drama
  • The Writers' Room: Fiction
  • The Writers' Room: Poetry
  • The Writer's World
  • The Professional Author
  • Contemporary Poetry
  • Creative Dissertation
  • Dissertation and Research Skills

Teaching, learning and assessment

To support you in reaching your creative and analytical potential, we call on a variety of teaching and learning methods. Lectures introduce selected literary works, and we begin making connections to critical, theoretical and historical information that will enrich your understanding. Seminars allow you to explore subjects in greater detail, and will incorporate small group working and whole group discussion.

Meanwhile, one-to-one tutorials give you an opportunity to clarify your learning, discuss your assignments and receive feedback on your work. To support your progress on this rich and rewarding degree, we recommend you set significant time aside for independent study such as library research and background reading, and preparing for seminars, tutorials and module assignments. Of course, we’ll provide tailored advice and guidance on finding the self-directed study approaches that best match your study goals and personal preferences.

The University’s e-learning portal, Moodle, is a great online learning tool that gives you access to additional resources for each module.

Assessment comprises essays, notebooks, reviews, presentations, portfolios, traditional exams, as well as draft creative work and reflective commentaries on your writing, which will ultimately contribute to your final module marks. This ‘summative’ assessment is supported by more formative approaches that don’t contribute to grades or marks, but support your progress towards success on this course. For example, personal feedback on your work and contributions, identifying strengths and weaknesses, and helping you find the most effective ways to make the most of your experience with us.


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (91%), Practical exams (9%)
Level Two Coursework (82%), Practical exams (9%), Written exams (9%)
Level Three Coursework (90%), Practical exams (10%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (74%), Placement/study abroad (3%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (23%)
Level Three Guided independent study (80%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (20%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BA (Hons)
  • UCAS points:
  • Duration:
    4.5 years

Contact us

Jill Marsden
Programme Leader
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903238

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903