The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)English Language and Creative and Professional Writing

Why choose this course?

English Language and Creative Professional Writing integrated joint provides an opportunity for students to develop their own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with English language study. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing. It gives students a thorough understanding of the development of English from its roots to its position as an international language, and of the sheer variety of spoken and forms of the language.

The Creative Professional Writing and English Language degree will enable students to communicate more effectively in writing, and enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. Students will also 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.

What happens on the course?

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 syles and genres.

Working as a Writer modules have a vocational dimension and offer the opportunity to develop skills that will enhance your employablity as a writer.

Your English Language modules focus on textual analysis and on variation in language. At level one, students analyse the way meaning is constructed in texts and they also study the history of English. At levels two and three, emphasis is placed on language use in its social and cultural context. Students analyze diverse accents, dialects and world varieties of English, as well as looking at factors such as culture, class and gender. Students also examine the ways in which relations of power influence the production of texts in society.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course is one of the few in the country to combine English Language with creative and professional writing (most exclude the former). Thus there is a real emphasis on employability.
  • The course is taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship etc).
  • Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors.
  • The English team at Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

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.“

For English Language:

"I've read many good essays which show students' real engagement with module primary and secondary materials, which in turn suggest overall degree structures with decent breadth"

"Each module in Wolverhampton is assessed by more than one mode of assessment, allowing students to play to their strengths".

"All of these show good practice, real dedication to teaching on the tutors' behalf, and a great deal of effort going into the designing of modules, the setting of assignments, and the assessment of the submitted assignments".

"I particularly liked seeing innovative assessment methods … adjusted to the different kinds of student population".

What our students think

”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying CPW and English at Wolverhampton University 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)

Career path

Creative Professional Writing and English Language will equip graduates for a diversity of occupations, including: journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, editing and technical writing. Some of our graduates have become teachers and writing tutors, while some have opted for MA and PhD study at universities worldwide. Many of our graduates become published writers, placing work in both regional and national publications.

Comment from our External Examiner on employability:

For Creative and Professional Writing:

"The progamme offers an impressive range of subjects which fully prepare students to undertake creative and professional writing."

What skills will you gain?

  1. Exhibit critical self-awareness and intellectual curiosity about language in a multi-cultural context;
  2. Engage in the comprehension, analysis and appreciation of literary and non-literary texts using a variety of written, oral and digital resources;
  3. Produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing;
  4. articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, the forms and functions of language, the relationship of language to its social and cultural context, discourse conventions, and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing;
  5. source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the study of English language and the production of creative and professional writing;
  6. demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups)

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321150

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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