Northumbria University Newcastle - English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Northumbria University Newcastle

English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

In Literature modules you will cover topics from Shakespeare to contemporary fiction, fostering your appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of literary texts. You will produce independent interpretations of texts and concepts, and share your insights with others confidently.

In Creative Writing modules you will hone your craft as a writer with an emphasis on voice, structure and critical reflection. Workshops will allow you to reflect on your practice as you develop your own creative projects.

The course combines academic rigour with a concern for employability skills such as communication and analysis.

Entry Requirements

Standard Entry

120 UCAS Tariff points

From a combination of acceptable Level 3 qualifications which may include: A-level, T Level, BTEC Diplomas/Extended Diplomas, Scottish and Irish Highers, Access to HE Diplomas, or the International Baccalaureate.

Subject Requirements:

There are no specific subject requirements for this course.

GCSE Requirements:

Applicants will need Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Additional Requirements:

There are no additional requirements for this course.

English Language Requirements:

International applicants should have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or an approved equivalent*).

Career Prospects

With highly honed skills in communication and analysis, you will be ready to hit the ground running once you start a career. 90% of our graduates are employed or in further study within six months of finishing the course (Unistats 2015). There are logical career paths into writing, publishing, media, communications and advertising, but frequently our graduates also use their transferable skills to work in business, law and teaching, or to undertake postgraduate study.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have strong employability as a result of having acquired the characteristics of a Northumbria graduate. These include critical reflection and self-learning, collaboration and curiosity, and the ability to apply your knowledge to solve problems in ways that are sustainable and ethical.

Course Details

Your tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, writing workshops and individual tutorials. These are backed up by a well-designed support system that ensures you have a successful learning journey in each academic year. You will not only receive extensive feedback but also ‘feed-forward’ as we work with you to explore how you can keep improving on previous work. Tutors are very approachable and 93% of students find it’s easy to contact staff when needed, according to the National Student Survey 2015.

Our assessment strategy is designed to support student-centred learning, based on our understanding that everyone has different needs, strengths and enthusiasms. Assessment methods are engaging and diverse, including portfolios of creative work, reflective commentaries on your creative practice, presentations, essays, exams, critical reviews, and even blogs.

Year One

Introduction to Literary Studies (Core,20 Credits)
Reading Poetry (Core,20 Credits)
Story (Core,20 Credits)
Creative and Critical Practice (Core,20 Credits)
Talking Texts (Core,20 Credits)
Gothic Stories: Nineteenth Century to the Present (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year two

Humanities Study Abroad (40 credit) (Optional,40 Credits)
Early Modern Cultures (Core,20 Credits)
Modernism and Modernity (Core,20 Credits)
Poetry: Tradition and Experiment (Optional,20 Credits)
Tragedy (Optional,20 Credits)
Thinking About Voice (Core,20 Credits)
Working With Structure (Core,20 Credits)
Literary Revolutions, Eighteenth Century to Romanticism (Optional,20 Credits)
Pitch to Publication (Core,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

Year Three

Humanities Work Placement Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Humanities Study Abroad Year (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Business (This is made up of modules studied in Newcastle (Semester 1) & Amsterdam (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)
Year in International Multidisciplinary Innovation (4 modules studied in Amsterdam (Semester 1) & Newcastle (Semester 2) (Optional,120 Credits)

Year Four

English Dissertation (Optional,40 Credits)
Vamps and Virgins: Gothic Sexualities (Optional,20 Credits)
Sin, Sex, and Violence: Marlowe in Context (Optional,20 Credits)
The Black Atlantic: Literature, Slavery and Race (Optional,20 Credits)
Creative Writing Project (Optional,40 Credits)
Postwar US Writing (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction (Optional,20 Credits)
Advanced Creative Writing (Optional,20 Credits)
Twenty First Century Literature: Writing in the Present (Optional,20 Credits)
From Jane Austen to Austenland: Representing the Regency in Literature and Film (Optional,20 Credits)
Making Books (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing Women: Aphra Behn in Focus (Optional,20 Credits)
Writing and Environment (Optional,20 Credits)
Thieves, Harlots, Pirates, Murderers: Criminal Lives in the Long Eighteenth Century (Optional,20 Credits)
Academic Language Skills for Humanities and Social Sciences (Core – for International and EU students only,0 Credits)

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