About This Course
This exciting course develops connections between the critical study of English Literature and the creative practice of writing in a variety of forms. You will learn to approach texts as both a reader and a writer, discovering links and synergies between these different perspectives.
Through critical knowledge and practical experience, you will study a broad range of English Literature and Creative Writing in small groups or workshops, led by the research experts in the field or by published writers, in an atmosphere of creative, scholarly enterprise in order to develop skills of critical analysis and imaginative problem solving that are highly valued by employers.
You may also be interested in the English Literature and Creative Writing Joint Honours degree.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
In addition to the benefits listed on the page for BA English Literature:
- We are committed to teaching in small groups as well as lectures, one-to-one supervision and providing individualised feedback.
- We offer a broad and flexible range of module choices, combining English Literature – e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Detective Fiction, Contemporary Literature and The Gothic in Literature and Film – and English Language – e.g. in Bilingualism, Historical Linguistics, Language and Communication, and Psycholinguistics.
- Our research informs our teaching. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), placing us in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
- There is a vibrant Arts and Culture scene. Our close links with Pontio, the University’s, £40million Arts Centre, local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies - including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) – there are lots of chances for you to get involved.
- Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study.
You will have around 10 hours contact time a week. The emphasis is on small-group teaching through workshops. Outside this time, you will work on your own writing within Bangor’s supportive community of creative writers. You will read widely to support both your own writing and your literary study. There are no exams in Creative Writing modules and there is plenty of help on offer as you develop your portfolios for each assessment. Talks and performances by writers, publishers and editors help you to see your writing in the context of the wider literary culture in Wales and beyond.
What will you study on this course?
‘With’ Creative Writing students will take one-third of their modules in Creative Writing each year. The remainder of your modules will be in English Literature.
Many modules are genre based, each covering a wide range of historical periods, of focusing on writing in a particular genre. You will be introduced you to a range of techniques in Creative Writing. These modules aim to develop in students the skills required for an undergraduate degree in English Literature and / with Creative Writing.
- Creative Writing - Poetry
- Creative Writing - Prose
- Studying Literature
- Introduction to Screenwriting
Also, choose from:
- Writing for Children and Young Adults
- The Literature of Laughter
- Exploring America: an Introduction to US Literature
- The Gothic in Literature and Film
- Landmarks in Literature
- Heroes and Villains: an Introduction to Medieval Literature
The second year allows you to develop your interests in the novel, short fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.
- The Novel
- Working-class Fiction
- Transformative Writing
- Short Fiction and Poetry
- Writing Selves
- Contemporary Literature
The third year gives you you the chance to explore one area more fully in the dissertation. You will be supervised on a one-to-one basis by a practising writer as you complete a novel, a collection of short stories or poetry to the very highest standard. Learning to reflect critically on your own practice will prepare you equally for the independence of a career in writing or for postgraduate study.
- The Creative Writing Dissertation
- Experimental Writing
- Cross-Cultural Writing
- The Open Road
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the English Literature with Creative Writing Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 96-112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (no specific subjects required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
**Can be considered in conjunction with another qualification in English Literature or Language, e.g. A levels and IB Higher.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
These courses provide students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into PR work, teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, community work and academia. The skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation are all highly valued after by employers in a wide range of sectors. Our graduates are typically independent-minded, yet able to work as part of an effective team. Another option is postgraduate study, which offers graduates an opportunity to further deepen their knowledge and expertise, and to distinguish themselves from other students. There are great opportunities for this at Bangor. The ability to use words effectively is, in fact, a major advantage in almost any career.
In a recent Salaries and Vacancies Survey the Association of Graduate Recruiters lisited the top ten skill areas that employers seek right now:
- Motivation and enthusiasm
- Interpersonal skills
- Team working
- Oral communication
- Flexibility and adaptability
- Problem solving
- Planning and organisation
- Managing own development
- Written communication
All these skills are central to an English degree. Employers repeatedly say that they do not want ‘trained’ recruits. They want intelligent, rounded people who have a depth of understanding, can apply themselves, take responsibility and develop their role in the organisation, demonstrating the traditional high-level academic abilities of analysis, reflection, critique and synthesis. What they do not want is graduates trained for a job, not least because jobs change rapidly.
When graduates in English reflect on the skills they developed through their degree which they have found most useful in their new jobs, they speak of advanced literary and communication skills, writing for project-based work, independent thought and judgement, and good time-management.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.