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The University of Wolverhampton

BA(Hons)Philosophy and Creative Professional Writing with Foundation Year

Why choose this course?

The Creative Professional Writing and Philosophy integrated joint provides an opportunity for students to develop their own talent for writing, alongside a disciplined engagement with Philosophy. The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing; it allows them to engage with concepts and theories within Philosophy, and to develop a specialised philosophical vocabulary.

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 Creative Professional Writing and Philosophy degree will enable students to communicate more effectively in writing, and 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 styles 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.

In philosophy, the first year of study provides a comprehensive introduction to critical thinking and philosophy. You will study modules which introduce you to some of the subject’s key concepts, equipping you with the knowledge and skills required to study this subject at degree level. In your second year you look at key traditions in moral philosophy and get the chance to assess your own moral intuitions and concepts. You may also investigate the Enlightenment - widely regarded as the movement that formed the central institutions and structures of the modern western world. The third year of the course becomes more specific and focussed and you can choose from modules like "Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity"; "Philosophy of Mind"; "Self and Other".

All students will have the opportunity to write a dissertation that combines Philosophy with Creative and Professional writing.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The course is one of the few courses in the country to combine philosophy with creative and professional writing in an integrated joint.
  • The course is taught by published writers and researchers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines (fiction, poetry, journalism, critical writing and scholarship.
  • Special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing are invited to speak on modules, as are internationally renowned authors and philosophers under the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture scheme.

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 Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement".

What our students think

”I can honestly say that the three years I spent studying CPW 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 (graduate 09)

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

“Before enrolling on CPW at the University of Wolverhampton I was an aspiring writer with an interest in horror only. Since then I've learned about new styles and genres: humour writing, travel writing, journalism, short stories, novels, writing for children and much more. There is so much diversity on this course I was never bored and I learned so much about the world of writing, and about myself as a writer.” Andrew Heaton (graduate, 09).

Career path

Creative Professional Writing and Philosophy will equip graduates for a diversity of occupations, including: journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, editing and technical writing, local government, IT, media and campaigning. 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 programme offers an impressive range of subjects which fully prepare students to undertake creative and professional writing".

What skills will you gain?

1. produce artistically coherent, original and technically adept writing.

2. articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to the study of writing and philosophy, within a multicultural context.

3. will learn to apply philosophical skills and techniques to practical reasoning in an imaginative way; drawing on different thinkers and traditions, examine beliefs, values and practices that might otherwise be taken for granted.

4. source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing, and philosophical discourse

5. acquire highly valued capabilities in modern diverse working environments and demonstrate key employment skills (e.g. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • DD from A level
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade PPP, BTEC QCF Diploma grade MP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

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.

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

Course fees and finance

2018/9 Home/EU International
Full time £6,165 £11,700
Part time # £2,835
2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £6,150 £11,475
Part time # £2,835

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 2018/9. 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.

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

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