The Creative and Professional Writing and English integrated joint provides an opportunity for you to develop your own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with English literature and language.
The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.
The degree programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which you can create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing. The study of Creative and Professional Writing with English will help students to communicate more effectively in writing, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. You will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.
In the 2015 National Student Survey this course achieved 100% student satisfaction rate!
Your writing modules will fall broadly into three categories: Craft of Writing modules, Reading as a Writer modules, and Working as a Writer modules. Craft modules focus on you as a writer and are designed to help you explore your creative imagination whilst developing the skills required to express it. Reading as a Writer modules are designed teach you how to read with an eye for technique: the emphasis here will be on what you can learn from other writers across a spectrum of styles and genres. Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employability as a writer.
The English modules that form part of this programme offer a diversity of approaches to literature and language. At Year One they provide a stimulating introduction to the study of English, teaching the knowledge and skills you will require in order to study the topic at degree level. At Years Two and Three modules become more specific, taking a cutting edge critical approach to such topics as: literary influence and the canon, literary theory, literature and class, American literature, Victorian literature, literature and travel, sex gender and language, and modernism.
Comments from our External Examiners on provision:
For Creative and Professional Writing:
“The team in themselves are highly active and productive as writers - their publications in contemporary fiction, humour writing, literary criticism and creative writing pedagogy are important contributions to their respective fields and ensure the relevance and currency of their teaching.“
"The subject curriculum continues to be highly relevant both in terms of the student experience at Wolverhampton and in terms of reflecting the benchmark statements for English, which stress the importance of providing a full range of modules and a diversity of teaching and assessment methods. The English team is to be congratulated once again on ensuring that standards are maintained through the provision of a varied diet of modules, combining traditional and non-traditional courses, with a variety of teaching and assessment methods. The detailed level of feedback provided on all modules remains an example of good practice".
”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying Creative and Professional Writing and English at the University of Wolverhampton were the best of my life. I did not dislike a single module I studied, and I feel that I learned something important from each one. I cannot believe how much my writing has improved, and I have not only acquired valuable writing skills, but also important life skills.” - Megan Hallowell (CPW and English graduate 09)
Creative and Professional Writing and English graduates have gone on to pursue a diversity of writing occupations in journalism, marketing, and technical writing. Others are employed as teachers and writing tutors, while some have opted for postgraduate study at prestigious institutions throughout the world. Our alumni have embarked on careers with, among others, the Arts Council, Epson, the RAF, the UK Gaming Commission, Virgin Trains and the University of Wolverhampton. Additionally, our graduates have launched their own magazine and publishing ventures, secured Arts Council funding for their writing projects, and placed work in a host of regional and national publications.
Comment from our External Examiner on employability:
For Creative and Professional Writing:
“The programme offers an impressive range of subjects which fully prepare students to undertake creative and professional writing“.
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
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Degrees which include foundation year will be charged at the lower foundation rate for the first year. Subsequent years will be charged at the University Standard Degree rate.
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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