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Where will your words take you? Whether you want to write for publications or develop a variety of writing skills for future employment, the English and Creative Writing degree at Leeds Trinity will equip you with the expertise and confidence to succeed.


Course Benefits

  • Combine critical study of literary texts with development of your own creative writing skills.
  • The chance to work with published writers and creative writing specialists.
  • An exceptionally supportive and encouraging literary environment, including links with the publishing world.

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Course Information

You will learn to communicate and create for both professional purposes and pleasure, as you work with published writers and subject specialists. At the same time you will develop your knowledge of writing in English, from its earliest roots to the 21st Century, as you read, discuss and respond creatively to a range of great literary texts.

Beyond the curriculum, you will be part of the writing culture for which Leeds Trinity has become known, with opportunities to take part in events like our Writers’ Festival.

With career planning throughout the course and with work placement embedded as a core part of your degree, English and Creative Writing will prepare you for the world of work - wherever your words may take you.

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Year 1

In Year 1 you’ll gain confidence in reading and analysing poetry and short stories through our Reading Literature module, and through Mapping Genres you will explore some great texts from the past and learn to compare them to popular modern texts in the same genres. On the creative side, you will get used to completing writing tasks and sharing your work through our Creative Writing Workshop 1 and in Writing, Performance and Persuasion you will learn about speech-writing, and the power of words to persuade. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.

Year 2 

In Year 2 you will continue to develop your creative writing skills and confidence through Creative Writing Workshop 2 and you will also take a module on Life Writing, thinking about how to write your own life story and the stories of others. Creative writing and literary study are combined in Roots of Stories, which looks at myths and archetypes which are constantly being reworked in texts through the ages and which you will also experiment with in your own writing. Alongside this, you will choose two from a range of modules which will extend your knowledge of contemporary literature in English such as Constructions of Gender and Magical Realism in World Fiction and Writing America. You will gain valuable skills and experience at the end of the year through your professional placement which you will be able to take forward to your future career.

Year 3

In your final year all the writing skills you have developed will go into producing two major pieces of work: a Writing Project, which you will work on through the year, in consultation with an experienced writer, and which can be in any genre or form you like; and a piece of experimental work developed from Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing. You also have the opportunity to choose three more modules exploring writing in different literary periods and genres, such as Gothic, Science Fiction and Postmodern Fiction. There is also an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • ENG4332 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG4562 - Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • ENG4742 - Creative Writing Workshop 1
  • ENG4842 - Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • ENG4882 - Mapping Genres
  • HUM4992 - Ethics and Society

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG5012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG5112 - Professional Development and Placement Module (Volunteering)
  • ENG5132 - Roots of Stories
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Writing Practices II: Innocence and Experience
  • ENG5822 - Magical Realism in World Fiction
  • ENG5842 - Life Writing: Writing the Self, Writing Others

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6202 - When Elizabeth Bennet met Bridget Jones
  • ENG6244 - Writing Project
  • ENG6552 - The Continuing Middle Ages
  • ENG6742 - Writing Practices 3: Experimental Writing
  • ENG6912 - Postmodern Fiction
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction
  • MFC6564 - Transmedia Production

Learning and Teaching

Year 1 – 15.2% of scheduled learning and teaching; 204 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 856 hours of independent teaching; 280 hours on placement

Year 2 – 13.6% of scheduled learning and teaching; 169 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 926 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 12.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 150 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,050 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here
The modules on the programme are delivered through a mix of workshops, seminars, and tutorials (group and individual). There are 4 key themes to the programme: the critical analysis of texts; the study of contemporary literature; literature and society, and creative writing. These themes are designed to support and complement each other.

The programme has a structured approach to developing your abilities in these 4 key themes.

In the first year we provide the tools and foundational knowledge required for literary analysis and creative writing. Here, the work focuses on specific techniques and you are guided and supported through workshop activities that help you become proficient. There are lots of practical exercises and formative feedback all the way through.

In the second year the emphasis shifts to applying your techniques and skills to complex topics where you will have plenty of scope to explore and debate your ideas (the study of gender relations; children and books; biography and autobiography, and the nature of story). Here, the workshops support you in the academic research needed to create and develop your ideas and in a range of techniques to help you present them to different audiences.

In the final year your skills will have been trained and tested and now it is time to trust them in your own independent research. There is plenty of scope to explore your own interests and to manage complex research projects that demonstrate the range and depth of your ability. 

In addition, you will be required to complete at least two placements on your programme.


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 – 92.5% coursework; 7.5% written exams

Year 2 - 100% coursework

Year 3 – 93.3% coursework; 6.7% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class.

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language.​ ​In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email​​.

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online
Martyn Bedford

Martyn Bedford

​​​​​​I’ve been a published writer for more than 20 years and have written five novels for adults and three for young adults, as well as numerous short stories. 

My books have won several awards and been translated into fifteen languages. 

I've been a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Leeds Trinity since 2009 and teach on the creative-writing modules across all the English courses.

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The BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing is a brilliant mix of literature, language studies and creative-writing, covering a wide range of forms and literary p​​​eriods. 

It's an ideal course for a student who loves reading and​ writing and who wants to develop their creative side while having the flexibility, in terms of a career or further study, that an English degree offers.​​

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We place high expectations on undergraduate placements, which our placement student met across all aspects.

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Professional Work Placements

Placements take place during April-May (Year 2) and May-June (Year 1). Examples of placements in recent years include primary schools, secondary schools, film production companies, recording studios, libraries and local newspapers.

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Graduate destinations include professional writing, playwriting, teaching, journalism, publishing, copywriting, marketing, PR, and communications.

​​​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative WritingMA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Our Campus

We can't help but brag – our campus has everything you need for an amazing student life. There is food, drink and entertainment for you and your friends to enjoy, day and night. You'll have access to our £2.2 million sports and fitness centre and find peace and quiet in the Chapel. 

Sleep through your alarm? You can wake up in one of our seven halls of residence, grab your breakfast and head to a lecture all within 15 minutes.  

Our Students’ Union (LTSU) is run by students, for the students so you'll be sure to get the most out of your university life with a range of social activities, clubs and societies whether on campus or in Leeds. 

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of our English and Writing students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).

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English studies courses at Leeds Trinity University are ranked 19th out of all UK universities for student satisfaction (NSS 2017).


of Leeds Trinity University students are satisfied with their course (NSS 2017).


of our students are employed or in further study six months after graduating. This places Leeds Trinity University above all other universities in Yorkshire and 17th nationally (DLHE 2016).

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