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English with Writing (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
Key fact:
The BA(Hons) English with Writing will provide you with a fulfilling literary education and a solid grounding in writing for a broad range of audiences.

Page last updated 28 June 2017


Why study BA(Hons) English with Writing?

Our BA(Hons) English with Writing allows you to combine your love of literature with developing your skills in writing for a diverse range of audiences using both print and digital platforms. You will benefit from high-quality teaching and the committed contribution of industry experts. Our graduates emerge as independent, flexible and culturally engaged professional writers equipped for rewarding careers in many different sectors from arts, cultural industries, advertising, professional writing to education.

Why study this course?

You will gain a deep understanding of English literary culture from the Renaissance to the present day, while refining your writing skills in areas such as advertising, marketing and PR, health and social issues, public service broadcasting, journalistic reporting and imaginative fiction.

You will be taught by leading researchers and published writers in a supportive, collaborative community. External professionals offer constructive advice and feedback throughout the course. English with Writing is based at Frenchay campus, where you will work alongside our Arts and Cultural IndustriesBristol's vibrant culture is an exceptional resource and there is ongoing creative exchange between the University and the city.

Real-world experience

Our students find work and volunteering opportunities throughout their degree. We have strong links with the BBC, M Shed and Tobacco Factory Theatres. Working with external partners will enable you to understand the wider forces at work in shaping written forms, such as market impact and financial imperatives, and you will be ready to participate in a range of cultural industries that require your expertise in the written word.

Where it can take you

A broad range of careers will be open to you, including publishing, broadcasting, advertising and marketing, and external and internal communications. Expertise in the written word is required in all sectors (public, private and voluntary) and your skills in both traditional and digital platforms will make you highly employable.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



In the Foundation year (Year zero), the content is designed to develop your academic skills. It also raises awareness of the relevance the disciplines which span the arts, creative and cultural industries will play in your future, professional lives.

The four modules will have three hours of teaching each week (12 hours of scheduled class time in total). A unique feature of the offer is the focus on Bristol as a centre of arts and culture you will be testing concepts, theories and ideas within the city as a living brief.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • Extended Project.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Education courses, and so you may transfer to another course in one of these areas at the end of a successful Foundation year.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Throughout your degree you will engage in a range of writing techniques, from composing poems to creating journal entries and from writing critical reviews to creative fiction and non-fiction. This writing practice will go hand in hand with a deep study of literary culture from the Renaissance to the present day.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Literature and Ideas
  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Beyond the Horizon: Places and Spaces in Literature
  • Once Upon a Time: Children: Stories and Literature.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Forms of Reading/Reading Forms
  • Occasions for Writing.

In addition, you will study two of of the following optional modules:

  • Shakespeare's World of Words
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century
  • Romanticism Unbound
  • Victorian Frictions
  • British Writing - 1900 - 1950
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970.

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • English Independent Project
  • Writing in Practice.

In addition, you will study two of the following optional modules OR one if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Gothic Literature
  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Literature and Culture in Britain, 1885 - 1930
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Cross-currents: Race, Slavery and Literature
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, practical sessions and smaller discussion-based seminar groups.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You will have 72 hours of taught, contact time spread over four modules per year.


You will engage in a range of assessment designed to deliver you a portfolio of work to leave with. This will include edited anthologies, critical essays, review articles, annotated texts and creative pieces including the design of marketing materials.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



If you choose to study on the five year sandwich route, you will undertake a minimum 26-week placement relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after you have successfully completed the third year of study.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation. You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

There may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Study facilities

English with Writing is taught at Frenchay campus. Frenchay library houses a large collection of books and other resources, including extensive collections of primary material. In addition to library materials such as academic journals, you will have access to a wide variety of digital archives.

You will be trained to use Adobe InDesign software and web-based platforms, which will give you career-based skills for publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Real world experience

You will have many opportunities to gain real-world experience through our close connections with Bristol's vibrant cultural partners such as the BBC, Watershed, the Arnolfini and local literary festivals. You can hone your writing skills on UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye and Westworld, and numerous blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo. Creative writing opportunities are abundant and you could submit poetry or stories for the English Society's Cellar Door magazine.

Extra-curricular activities

Our staff regularly organise events highlighting the region's literary history and culture. We were key contributors at the Writing the West Conference and chaired a bicentenary Dickens Day and a Thomas Hardy Day, which celebrated the anniversary of Hardy's 191213 poetry.


Careers / Further study

Studying English with Writing at UWE Bristol will equip you for the huge number of careers involving writing, including publishing, broadcasting, external and internal communications, marketing and PR, across public, private and charity employment sectors in the UK. Training in web based platforms and Adobe software along with a clear understanding of the financial factors relevant to writing and publishing will improve your attractiveness to employers.

An English degree is highly regarded and well recognised by employers for producing well-rounded, open-minded graduates with transferable skills and a broad knowledge base.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 64
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) English with Writing course.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Please apply through UCAS.


Please see the general information about applications.

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