Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years, 4 years (with a foundation year) full-time
UCAS code: QW38
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019


Our degree will give you the chance to combine the analytical precision of English with your own flair and passion for creating literature.

This course is ideal for those who want to develop a distinctive and creative voice within their prose.

Our course is led by published writers and visiting industry professionals who provide our students with a real insight into current work practices. We offer course trips to galleries in London, the RSC and theatres in Manchester. We also encourage our students to take part in creative writing events, open mic nights and many more literary activities taking place within the region. Above all, you will develop the analytic, interpretation and communication skills that are highly valued by today’s employers.

We achieved 94% overall student satisfaction in the latest National Student Survey (2015/16).

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing

Work placements

“The 'English in the Workplace' Module has been a positive experience. I have gained classroom experience and insight into teaching at KS4 and 5 and had the chance to work with lots of NQTs.” Holly Jukes, Class of 2016

Course content

In your foundation year, you'll develop your ideas and skills alongside students from film and journalism disciplines.

In Year 1, you’ll develop your writing, analysis and communication skills by covering major periods, genres and debates.

In Year 2, you’ll explore literature in its cultural, historical and social contexts. You’ll study 19th and 20th Century writing by covering a range of authors – from Dickens to Beckett. Our wide range of optional modules such as American literature, Victorian and Shakespeare will give you the flexibility to focus on your own areas of interest. Creative writing modules will develop your poetry, prose fiction and non-fiction writing and will introduce you to editing and publishing.

In Year 3, you can complete an extended piece of supervised research or creative project. You’ll have the chance to expand your vocational skills if you choose our English in the Workplace module, where you’ll work on a project in a workplace of your choice or with our partners in education, publishing and the arts. Throughout your lectures, seminars and workshops, we will work with you to build your own writing portfolio made up of independent pieces and group research.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Please note - course content has not yet been confirmed for 2018/19. Full module details will published when available.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

"Staff always make time for me and help me out if I do not quite understand something or are having any problems. The texts we study are varied and enjoyable. Option modules are brilliant. Love Staffs!"

Feedback from National Student Survey 2015