English Language with Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeQ3WL
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer112 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

During this course you will spend two-thirds of your time studying English Language (as described on the English Language page) and one-third studying Creative Writing (as described on the English with Creative Writing page).

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • We received 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 and 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) for Linguistics. This places Bangor University 1st in the UK for Linguistics as well as in the UK top 20 for English Studies (NSS 2017).
  • Our School of Linguistics and English Language is one of the oldest linguistics departments in the UK.
  • Our degree programmes are taught by staff who are active researchers in a range of theoretical and applied areas relating to the English Language degrees - many have international reputations in the field.
  • Our modules will give you a sound and scientific insight into the structure and use of language, as well as into the history of English, sociolinguistics (the relationship between language and society) and current issues in the field of English Language study.
  • Our modules cover a wide range of subject matters, and in your third year you will be able to focus your attention on those questions that interest you most - the final year consists of option modules.
  • Our wide range of learning facilities includes an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language, a speech laboratory (in the Bilingualism Centre), as well as recording equipment for hire. You will be able to develop your word-processing and powerpoint presentation skills.
  • The School of Creative Studies & Media has a fully-equipped media centre with editing suites, production studios, media and digital media equipment.
  • We have an annual David Crystal day when Prof. David Crystal, the world's foremost authority on the English language gives classes to students in the School.
  • A unique feature of our English Language with Creative Writing degree is the opportunity to take a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language alongside your degree.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend about 10 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, collecting and analysing natural language data and working on practical tasks in the laboratory. Your dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and you will work with supervision from a member of staff.

Assessment involves a variety of approaches - essay writing, practical assignments, empirical research studies, oral presentations and examinations.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

You will take four 20-credit modules in English Language and two in Creative Writing.

Compulsory 20-credit modules for English Language:

You will take four 20-credit modules in English Language and two in Creative Writing.

Compulsory 20-credit modules:

  • Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
  • Describing Language: sound structure of language and using the IPA; word structure (morphology); sentence structure (syntax); metaphor and meaning.
  • English and Society or Language and Culture: how language varies according to dialect and social aspects; the relationship between language and cultural aspects such as language policy and bilingualism. You will also have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules on core aspects of linguistics.

Years 2 and  3

Over the two years you will take the equivalent of eight 20-credit modules in English Language and four 20-credit modules in Creative Writing.

Compulsory modules for English Language:

Compulsory 2nd year modules will include such topics as phonology, syntax, semantics, and the history of English. In year 3 you will get a choice from a wide range of English Language and Creative Writing modules. For more details see the listing for English Language, including the requirement for a dissertation. Please see the Creative Writing modules on this page  for your other module selections. 

Examples of recent dissertation topics include: Language change and the internet; language policy in cases of genocide; bilinguals’ word-processing; gender-neutral pronouns in English; stress patterns in child speech; influence of the media on Welsh-English codeswitching patterns.

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 Language with Creative Writing Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

A degree in English Language and/or Linguistics will increase your knowledge of language structure and use for communicative purposes, the history of the English language, the role of English in the world and your competence in the grammatical structure and use of the English language. Recent graduates have gone on to do further academic study such as the PGCE and postgraduate qualifications leading to speech and language therapy, overseas teaching, and other training in order to pursue careers in social work, police work, immigration work, local government, banking and accountancy, librarianship, media and journalism, creative writing and publishing.

Employability and Linguistics and English Language degrees

A degree in Linguistics and English Language equips you with knowledge and skills which will open many doors for you when choosing a career.

  • Our modules in Child Language Acquisition, Speech and Language Disorders offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue postgraduate training in speech and language therapy in order to qualify as a speech and language therapist.
  • Our modules on English Grammar and Child Language Acquisition offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue a PGCE (teacher training qualification).
  • Modules in Teaching English as a foreign Language are invaluable for those who wish to teach English overseas.

However, some English Language/Linguistics graduates, as with most other Arts graduates follow a career path that's not directly related to their degree.

Linguistics and English Language graduates have gone on to work in following fields: accountancy, librarianship, the police force, teaching English as a foreign language, or have gone on to further postgraduate study, teacher training or other training such as diploma in social work or postgraduate training for speech and language therapy.

Employability and English Literature degrees

A degree in English Literature provides our students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the police, human resources, and academia. Several of our graduates have become leading figures in the arts.

Transferable skills

Our degree will teach you the skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation. Our graduates are typically independent-minded, yet able to work as part of an effective team. The skills they possess are highly valued by employers.

Postgraduate studies

Each year several of our students decide to undertake postgraduate study, lasting from one to four years. Postgraduate study is an opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise, and leads to a truly individual contribution as a literary critic or creative writer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, or make their way in the literary world.

Opportunities at Bangor

The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

TARGETconnect - Working while you Study

The Skills and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.

    TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities

Entry Requirements

Please check with the School for any additional requirements.

For entry 2020:

Typical offer is based on a minimum of 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: DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
  • Access: Pass
  • 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.

 

For 2019 entry:

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* – no specific subjects required. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course 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 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on 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.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mandatory Costs:

Students will need to buy textbooks for certain modules as e-books for these are not available.

Year 1:

Compulsory Module: QXL-1117 Intro to Morphology & Syntax - An Introduction to English Morphology: Words and Their Structure by Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, £14.23 (e-version available via Bangor Library); An Introduction to English Syntax (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) by Jim Miller, Paperback, £14.23.

Year 2

Compulsory module: QXL-2222 History of English - A History of the English Language, 2012 by Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable, Paperback, £27.19.

Year 3

Compulsory module: QXL-3341 Dissertation - Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies: A Practical Guide to Researching Language by Alison Wray, Aileen Bloomer 2012, £22.78 and Research Methods in Linguistics by Lia Litosseliti c2010, £19.99.

QXL-3377 Using Corpora: Theory&Practice - Corpus-Based Language Studies: An Advanced Resource Book (Routledge Applied Linguistics) Dec 2005 by Anthony McEnery, Paperback £24.64.

The following modules are scheduled to run, assuming staff availability (viz. study leave) in 2018/19. 

QXL-3335 L2 Speech Learning - Second Language Speech by Colantoni, Steele and Escudero, direct from Cambridge, £28.99

QXL-3325 Advanced Phonetics - A Course in Phonetics, 7th Ed, Ladefoged and Johnson, direct from Cengage £49.99

QXL-3377 Grammatical Systems & Change (to be renamed ‘Language Change’) - Language Change: Progress or Decay? (Cambridge) Dec 2012 by Jean Aitchison, paperback £20.84

 

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions Team
Linguistics and English Language
Tel: 01248 382085
E-mail: languages@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/linguistics

Why study Linguistics & English Language degrees?

  • All our members of Linguistics and English language staff have wide-ranging teaching and research interest so we offer a more varied programme of modules than most universities.
  • We offer a virtually unrestricted choice of options so you can concentrate on theoretical topics, practical topics or a bit of both.
  • We have a dedicated computer room, phonetics laboratory and linguistics lecture room.
  • We have our very own student society – Bangor Linguistics Society – which organises weekly social events and one off events such as guest lectures and the Christmas party.
  • Over half of the departments at Bangor assessed to date in the teaching quality assessments have received the top rating of ‘excellent’
  • The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK.

Why Study English Literature or Creative Writing at Bangor?

There are many fantastic reasons for choosing to study English Literature and/or Creative Writing at Bangor.

    • At undergraduate and postgraduate level, we offer a broad and flexible range of module choices, combining the innovative (e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Transformative Writing and The Gothic in Literature and Film) with the more traditional (e.g. Victorian Literature and Jonson to Johnson)
    • Our teaching is based on the latest research. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placing our School in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
    • With award-winning pastoral care, one-to-one support and individualised feedback, we get to know our students as individuals and enable them to pursue their own creative interests. 
    • Employability. We provide our students with transferrable skills that are valued by employers. 85% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing the course (source: DLHE).  Our graduates have gone on to have wide-ranging and successful careers in many sectors, including the performing arts, education, law, the civil service, press, media and public relations.
    • Arts and Culture. Our close links with Pontio (the University’s £40 million Arts Centre), local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies - including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) -  give students plenty of opportunities to get involved. 
    • Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study, situated on the Menai Straits at the foot of Snowdon, and less than three hours by direct train from London!
    • Read what our students say.

     

    Studying at Bangor

    Rated Gold for teaching

    We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

    A top 10 university

    The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

    Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

    The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

    Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

    Award-winning clubs and societies!

    Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019.

    Unrivalled location

    Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

    Investment in facilities

    Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

    Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning halls of residence

    We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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