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English Literature with Writing

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About this course

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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:
On this course, you will pursue creative and professional writing alongside a rigorous academic curriculum in English literature. There is a dedicated writing module every year and a placement module in year three.

Page last updated 30 August 2019


Why study English literature with writing?

A degree in English literature with writing is characterised by its emphasis on different forms of writing, from creative and literary to professional writing.

Studying this subject also provides practical preparation for a rewarding future in the cultural industries - one of Britain's most exciting, diverse and internationally recognised fields.

You will build a portfolio of work to evidence your skills and enhance your opportunities for employment.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Literature with Writing will hone your writing skills both creative and professional as you study a broad range of literature, from the Renaissance to the 21st century.

You'll take dedicated writing modules, where you'll refine your writing skills by focusing on areas such as advertising, marketing and PR, health and society, speechwriting, journalism, and writing for social and online media.

Study a wide variety of literary texts, and learn the critical and theoretical approaches to be able to analyse and critique them.

Hear from guest speakers from industry, who'll share their experiences and help you consider different career paths.

Build a portfolio of work in different genres, registers, modes and formats, which you can use as evidence of your skills to future employers.

Gain valuable experience on the placement module and get an insight into the workplace to help you make informed decisions about your career.

The course consistently ranks highly in the National Student Survey (NSS), thanks to the quality of the teaching and our inspiring staff, who are active researchers and experts in their field, and will support you throughout your studies.

Where can it take me?

You'll graduate with a wealth of experience in writing for traditional and digital platforms.

Your expertise in the written word will be needed in every sector, along with your skills in research, problem-solving, team-work, critical thinking, independence and self-motivation.

The door will be open to exciting careers in the cultural industries, the media or the arts, working in marketing, editing, publishing or teaching.

The academic rigour of the course also prepares you well for further study at postgraduate level.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

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:

  • Literature and Ideas
  • Genre and Creative Writing
  • Close Reading
  • The Child in Literature
  • Imagined Worlds: Utopian and Dystopian Literature
  • Travel, Writing and Colonization.

Year two

You will study:

  • Occasions for Writing.

Plus, six optional modules from:

  • Renaissance Literature
  • Shakespeare's Heroes and Villains
  • Romanticism and Slavery in the Age of Revolution
  • Class and Culture in Victorian Literature
  • Gender and Society in Victorian Literature
  • The Golden Age of Children's Literature
  • The Country House in British Literature 1910-1960
  • Modern Literature and the City
  • Literature and Colonization
  • American Genres
  • The Black Atlantic: from the Middle Passage to Hip Hop.

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.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • English Independent Project
  • Writing in Practice.

Plus, two optional modules from (one if you've completed a study year abroad or placement year)

  • Children's Fiction since 1900
  • Gothic Literature
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Contemporary British Fiction
  • 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

You'll be taught through lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, and a placement prior to your final year, where you can put the work you've done on the course into practice.

The bespoke writing modules in all three years take the form of interactive workshops where reading, discussion and writing are built into the format.

The variety of assessments from essays and presentations, to posters and book jackets will strengthen your communication, presentation, creative expression, analytical and critical skills.

You will be trained in the use of Adobe InDesign software, Photoshop and online platforms, giving a strong base for a career in publishing, marketing, advertising or the media.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Get involved

Participate in all things related to your degree by joining the English Society and attending their events, or become a peer assisted learning leader or student ambassador.

Pursue your interest in writing by submitting work to our student newspapers and other media.

Bristol is an exciting cultural hub and you can also gain experience with our vibrant partners in Bristol, such as the BBC, Watershed, the Arnolfini and local literary festivals.

Study time

Full-time students study both year-long and semester modules, for a total of 12 hours of contact time a week.


The course offers varied assessments for different modules, depending on the choices you make about the kind of writing you want to develop.

For example, you can write essays, produce posters and book jackets, understand what it takes to write a book review, and collaborate with other students in group presentations.

The assessments in the bespoke writing modules are designed to enhance and showcase your writing skills and include, for example, blogs, copywriting and self-reflective pieces on your placement.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

Upon completion of the English Independent Project module, you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.


The course includes a placement module in your third year, where you'll work for at least 36 hours with a relevant employer, such as a publisher or magazine.

You can also choose to take an optional placement year between years two and three. This will last at least 26 weeks and will be relevant to your subject area.

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.

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

Graduates in English literature with writing are highly employable, thanks to their skills for employment and broad knowledge base.

The course builds transferable skills into the modules you study and encourages you to apply them at every opportunity, most notably in the third-year placement module.

Former students have gone on to work as marketing executives, content managers for publishers, HR recruitment consultants, and teachers in primary, secondary and further education. Many choose to continue their studies with postgraduate degrees in English and related subjects.

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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625

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 year85

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) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375

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.


We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

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.
  • English Language Requirement:

    If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component.

  • 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, Media Communications, Media Studies, Psychology, Philosophy
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

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.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

International Students

For country-specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages. 

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing a foundation course at UWE Bristol International College (UWEBIC).

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

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