English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Hons) – 2018 entry

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What you'll study

Our School of English and Languages has an excellent reputation for challenging, innovative, forward-thinking teaching and research in literature and creative writing, and was ranked number one in the English Studies category of the 2016 National Student Survey. If you’re an aspiring writer and a literature enthusiast, this is the degree combination for you.

Programme overview

You will begin your degree by acquiring knowledge of a wide range of literature and the methods we use to understand writing and other forms of cultural representation. You will also be able to tailor your degree with a number of specialist optional modules that focus on specific periods and themes from the medieval to the contemporary and from children’s literature to American fiction.  

The Creative Writing pathway will complement and enhance your experience of studying English Literature by encouraging you to apply the critical and theoretical tools you have developed to improve your creative writing ability. Unusually for a degree in English Literature with Creative Writing, we also offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement, giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Project and dissertation modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits. In the final year students choose between the Dissertation and Creative Writing Submission modules, each worth 45 credits.

All programmes operate on a 15 credit modular structure over two semesters. All taught modules are semester based and are worth 15 credits, which is indicative of 150 hours of learning, comprised of student contact, private study and assessment. Compulsory modules address the core requirements for English as they are outlined in the QAA benchmarking statement and for creative writing as they are outlined in the National Association of Writers in Education creative writing benchmarking statement. 

Students taking ELI2030 have the opportunity of a work placement one day a week.

This programme is studied full-time over three or four academic years. Three years without a Professional Training Year and four years with a Professional Training Year. In order to achieve the principal award of BA (Hons) a student must complete 360 credits, 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively. In order to achieve the principal award with a professional training year students must also complete 120 credits at level P. Students are also eligible to exit the programme with the following subsidiary awards:

  • BA(Ord) – 300 credits with a minimum of 60 credits at FHEQ level 6
  • Diploma of Higher Education (Dip HE) – 240 credits with a minimum of 120 credits at FHEQ level 5
  • Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) – 120 credits at FHEQ level 4

In order for students to progress they must achieve a minimum average of 40% and have completed all 120 credits at FHEQ levels 4 and 5 and level P.On successful completion of the programme students may progress to a range of MA programmes such as the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing.

On successful completion of the programme students may progress to a range of MA programmes such as the MA in English and the MA in Creative Writing.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Teaching

Teaching on our English Literature with Creative Writing programmes is both stimulating and encouraging. You experience a wide range of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops.

In Year 1, in addition to lectures, you will work closely with tutors and your fellow students in smaller seminar groups. The creative writing workshops introduce you to peer feedback, editing, and brainstorming techniques.

During Years 2 and 3, you will become increasingly independent, participating in seminars in Year 2 and contributing to student­-led sessions in Year 3.

All learning is fully supported by the University’s virtual learning environment, and you will acquire a range of computing skills through the programme.

You are also encouraged to supplement classroom work with participation in activities outside the University, such as theatre visits and trips to regional festivals such as the renowned Guildford Book Festival.

Assessment

Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Contact hours

Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's Module Catalogue. See the programme structure section for more information.

Facilities

As an English Literature with Creative Writing student at Surrey, you will be introduced to an exciting and challenging environment that combines conventional teaching with a wide range of opportunities for you to engage with a vibrant research culture and arts activities.

Regular visiting guest speakers and research seminars will inject a specialised interest into the programme and encourage students to consider areas for further study.

English at Surrey enjoys connections with contemporary poets through the poets-­in-­residence scheme, the annual Morag Morris poetry lecture, the Surrey Poetry Festival and the New Writers Festival.

These allow Creative Writing students to meet and connect with poets, writers, agents and publishers.

The University of Surrey also has close ties with the charity English PEN, which campaigns to protect freedom of speech and human rights for writers around the world. English PEN regularly hosts talks by prominent writers and other events at the University.

Guildford itself provides considerable access to arts activities, including the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, which puts on new and canonical plays, the Guildford Book Festival, and a host of galleries, libraries and archives that will stimulate and support your independent studies.

The University is only 35 minutes by train from London, one of the world’s most important cultural centres.

You will have the opportunity to see plays at the National Theatre, the Barbican and the Globe Theatre. You will be able to watch new films in the major West End cinemas and classic movies at the National Film Theatre.

This wide choice of activities will complement your studies in English Literature at Surrey, and you will be encouraged to draw inspiration from them in your work for your degree.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You have the opportunity to spend one semester or the full academic year on study or work placement abroad. Depending on your preference, you could decide to study in one of our partner Erasmus universities:

  • Heidelberg University
  • Freiburg University
  • Aarhus University
  • Lyon University

We also have exchanges with:

  • Nanyang Technological University
  • Seoul National University
  • Cincinnati University
  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of North Texas
  • Texas Tech
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Monash University
  • La Trobe University
  • University of Wollongong
  • University of Sydney
  • Swinburne University of Technology

If you are more interested in a professional experience, you could have the chance to work with a partner organisation in a foreign country. If you chose to study or work at one of the European partners you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

The advantages of participating in such exchange are numerous. Of course, it is an exciting experience in which all the students have a lot of fun, but it is also a chance for you to enhance your academic and professional profile.

Careers and Professional Training 

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas.

Professional Training placements offer a unique experience to students in terms of gaining access to the world of work as an integral part of their studies: meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

Unusually for an English Literature degree programme, we offer the opportunity to undertake a Professional Training placement. Subject to availability, a placement will help to enhance your employability by giving you experience in degree-related professions such as publishing, marketing, the media industries, teaching, creative writing or arts administration.

A Professional Training placement will give you the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in analysis, reflection, communication and organisation. Placements are arranged jointly by the University and the student, and although students do not always receive a salary, they are often paid a small bursary by their employer.

Graduate prospects

Our English Literature degrees provide you with a range of valuable skills to prepare you for a variety of careers. English graduates are perhaps best qualified for such professions as journalism, marketing, management, communications, publishing, the media industries, teaching, writing and arts administration.

Should you wish to pursue further study, our programmes will provide you with essential knowledge and skills, as well as offering informed support and guidance to assist you in your studies.

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

ABB

English Language or English Literature A-level is required.

Access to HE Diploma

45 Level 3 credits overall including 30 at Distinction and 15 at Merit

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

DDD

European Baccalaureate

74 per cent overall

International Baccalaureate

32 overall including 6,5,5 at Higher Level

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass

Scottish Highers

AABBB

Welsh Baccalaureate

Pass overall with ABB from the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year.

Select your country:

Required subjects

English Language and Mathematics at Grade C(4) (or equivalent)

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day.

English language requirements

6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element

If you are an international student and you are concerned that your English is not to the required standard, you may benefit from the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

See 2017 entry information

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BA (Hons) 3 years G668 View KIS data set
BA (Hons) 4 years 392F View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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