BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature

BA (Hons) Creative Writing and English Literature

Expand your literary horizons by engaging with texts that span many different genres, styles, forms and voices. As well as helping you develop your writing skills, this also allows you to see the world from new perspectives. This course offers a lot of flexibility, with literature modules covering varied topics such as:

  • Classic texts by authors like Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen
  • Prison narratives
  • Radical poetry
  • Avant-garde writing
  • Speculative fiction
  • LGBTQIA+ rights literature
  • Experimental writing.

You can also choose between different Creative Writing specialisms, including script writing, poetry and fiction.

Joining us on this course means becoming part of the York Centre for Writing. This is a lively, friendly community of writers that acts as a hub for producing innovative new work in the city. Through the centre and through our involvement in the annual York Literature Festival, you will be able to attend events such as workshops, readings and writing sessions. You will also benefit from regular visits from industry professionals, agents, publishers and literary activists. You can also take part in field trips to bring some of the texts we study to life.

As you become a skilled reader and writer you will also gain plenty of transferable skills which will be useful to you in many industries. Whether your career is directly related to writing or not, skills in communication, analysis, team working, creativity and independent thinking will put you in a strong, employable position when you graduate.

If you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto this degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education, this is a great option for you. Passing a foundation year guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Entry Requirements


  • 104 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language.

International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

Mature Learners Entry Scheme

If you have been out of education for 3 years or more and have a grade C GCSE in English Language or equivalent, you are eligible for our entry scheme for mature learners. It's a scheme that recognises non-traditional entry qualifications and experience for entry onto this course. Information on how to apply can be found on our dedicated page.

Career Prospects

This degree can help you become a professional writer, but the skills you learn on this course will also be relevant to a wide range of professions. As you explore your creativity you will also build transferrable skills in analysis, communication, team working, problem solving, time management and presentation.

This degree could be the first step toward your career in:

  • Writing
  • Publishing
  • Teaching
  • Editing and copywriting
  • Journalism
  • Marketing or PR

Course Details

Year 1

Introduction to Literary Studies 1
Forms of Narrative
Writing to Order
Introduction to Literary Studies 2
Writing, Research and Literature
Introduction to Creative Writing
Theorising Literature: Power and Identity

Year 2

Working with words: Publishing and Performance
Literature at Work
Science Fiction for Survival
Literary Theory
Conflicting Words
Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
Mapping America
Gothic, Romanticism and Revolution
Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
Shakespeare: Perspectives
Writing Fiction
Writing Reality: Creative Nonfiction
Writing Poetry

Year 3

English Literature Research Project OR Creative Writing Dissertation
Writing Genres
Contemporary Writing 1: Innovation and Experimentation
The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
The Experimental Century: Cultural Change in the Twentieth Century
Gothic Origins
The Making of Modern Drama
American Radicals: Outside the Canon
Writing the Caribbean
Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
Gender and Sexualities
Contemporary Writing 2: Literary and Publishing Culture Now

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