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English Literature and Creative Writing, B.A.

English Literature and Creative Writing, B.A.

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Pursue your passion for story, literature and creativity, immersing yourself in great literary works while developing your own creative writing skills. The mixture of English Literature and Creative Writing will help you become both a critical and creative writer. The English Literature and Creative Writing program is delivered by the University of Gloucestershire.


You’ll be mentored by published authors in both fields such as Professor John Hughes, famous for Invisible Now: Bob Dylan in the 1960s, and author Tyler Keevil, winner of the Journey Prize and the 2014 Wales Book of the Year People's Prize. The English Literature and Creative Writing degree had 100% student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016.

On the course you’ll develop skills in different writing strands including prose, poetry and drama, both from a creative and critical perspective. As you progress you can explore specialisms such as transgressive writing, crime fiction, sci-fi, and American literature. In your final year, you’ll also learn about the publishing industry and how to submit your work to professional magazines and markets. As one of the writers, you’ll have the opportunity to work closely with professionals from the Everyman Theatre, and see your work performed by actors in a staged reading. You’ll also be able to get published in the student-led magazine, Show Don’t Tell, as well as the annual paperback anthology, the New Writing Series. Internships are also available for career preparation.

You’ll benefit from industry links with the Parabola Arts Centre, the Everyman Theatre and London-based literary agency Johnson & Alcock, which judges the annual novel writing contest. Cheltenham is also home to The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival that attracts writers, journalists, philosophers and historians from around the globe. The students volunteer, interview speakers and blog about the event.

The English Literature and Creative Writing program is delivered by the University of Gloucestershire.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include
  • The Human Experience
  • Humanities Skills
  • Prose Fundamentals
  • The Language of Literature
  • The Short Story
  • TBC 
  • Research Project 
  • The Dissertation

                                                English Language Requirements

                                                You need the following IELTS score:

                                                • Minimum required score:


                                                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                                                Academic Requirements

                                                • 112 tariff points
                                                • BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total
                                                • Grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. Please email our admissions team for further information.

                                                Tuition Fee

                                                • International Applies to you

                                                  13500 GBP/year
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                                                • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                  9250 GBP/year
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                                                Living costs for Cheltenham

                                                • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
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