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English Literature with Writing

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time, Four years sandwich, part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr Mariadele Boccardi
Key fact:
This course offers an eye-opening literary education and valuable experience writing in different registers and formats.

Page last updated 14 February 2018


Why study English literature with writing?

A degree in English literature with writing, underpinned by a strong academic base, opens the doors to careers in writing and in the cultural industries.

A range of print and online platforms and publications provide exciting and diverse career opportunities that allow graduates to develop their writing interests professionally.

Graduates with a background in English literature are also highly employable bringing a broad transferable skillset and an open mind to the table. Their broad knowledge base and communication skills are valuable assets in the workplace.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Literature with Writing gives you the chance to explore English literary culture from the Renaissance to the present day, while developing and enhancing your writing - both creative and professional.

Refine your writing skills focusing on areas such as advertising, marketing and PR, health and social issues, public service broadcasting, journalism and fiction.

Learn from published writers and leading researchers in a collaborative and supportive community. Work with experts in the industry to hone your skills through feedback and advice.

You'll study at Frenchay Campus and have plenty of opportunities to enjoy Bristol's vibrant culture, playing your part in a creative exchange between the University and the city.

Where can it take me?

Your expertise in the written word is needed in every sector. You'll have a wealth of experience writing for traditional and digital platforms, so you'll be highly employable.

A broad range of careers will be open to you whether you're interested in a career in marketing and communications, publishing, broadcasting, heritage or tourism.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



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
  • Genre and Creative Writing
  • 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.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two. You'll complete a placement learning module during this time.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

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:

  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Gothic Literature
  • Literature and Culture in Britain, 1885 - 1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Crime and Detection in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

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

Learn through lectures, workshops, practical sessions and smaller discussion-based seminar groups. 

As well as studying literary culture, you'll learn how to write for different media from poetry to critical reviews, fiction and non-fiction.

Gain experience with our vibrant cultural partners in Bristol, such as the BBC, Watershed, the Arnolfini and local literary festivals.

Sharpen your skills writing for publications such as the Western Eye and Westworld, blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo, and the English Society's Cellar Door magazine.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check

Get involved

We organise regular events to shine the spotlight on the region's literary history and culture.

You can also indulge your love of the arts or bring creative works to life at our Centre for Performing Arts.

Study time

You'll have 72 hours of taught contact time, spread over four modules each year.


You will be assessed in a number of ways graduating with a portfolio of high-quality work. This will include edited anthologies, critical essays, review articles, annotated texts and creative pieces including marketing materials. 

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check



Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long, and must be relevant to your course.

This course includes a placement module in your final year, where you'll spend 36 hours in a work environment in the cultural industries. This final-year module is also supported by a KPMG-sponsored prize for the best performance of a student in the workplace.

Study facilities

You'll study at Frenchay Campus, which houses a library with a large collection of resources, including extensive collections of primary material. You'll also have access to a wide variety of digital archives.

Learn to use Adobe InDesign software and online platforms, which will give you career-based skills for publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.


Careers / Further study

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

You will prepare for an exciting future in publishing, broadcasting, or marketing and communications across the public, private and charity sectors.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
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

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above 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 Literature, English Language and Literature, History Psychology, Philosophy
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Read more 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.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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