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English and Creative Writing

BA Honours

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English and Creative Writing

BA Honours

  • Course Type:  Full time (3 years)
    Foundation (4 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

Where will your words take you? Whether you want to write for publication or develop a range of writing skills for your career, English and Creative Writing will give you the expertise and confidence to succeed.

Why study with us?

• Combine your passions. You'll study literary texts while developing your own creative writing skills.

• Learn from the experts. You'll work with published writers and creative writing specialists.

• Feel supported. You'll be part of an exceptionally supportive and encouraging literary environment, with links to the publishing world.

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We're in the top 25 in the UK for teaching and course satisfaction.

(Guardian University Guide 2020)


professional work placements with all standard undergraduate degrees.


of our graduates in work or further study within six months.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017 - latest data available)

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Course Information

About this course >

You'll learn how to communicate and create for both professional purposes and pleasure, working with award-winning published writers and subject specialists.

You'll take part in creative writing workshops, learning how to give and receive constructive criticism about writing. And you'll be introduced to speech-writing and the power of words, as well as learning how to write your own life story and the stories of others.

At the same time, you'll develop your knowledge of writing in English as you read, discuss and respond creatively to a range of great literary texts. We'll teach you how to read and analyse poetry and short stories, as well as how to compare past and modern texts in the same genres.

You'll complete two professional work placements, experiencing the types of careers that your degree could lead to. You'll have the opportunity to work with an experienced writer on a final-year writing project and, beyond the curriculum, you'll be part of Leeds Trinity's acclaimed writing culture, taking part in events like our annual Writers' Festival and monthly open mic nights.

By the time you graduate, you'll be prepared for the world of work – wherever your words may take you.

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Further Study

​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing, MA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity. You will also be eligible to apply to one of the postgraduate teacher training qualifications (Primary or Secondary English) which we offer at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >

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. 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 The Child and the Book, 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:

  • ENG4122 - Beasts, Buttresses and Battlements: Medieval Literature
  • ENG4412 - Staging Identity: Researching Plays about Self and Society
  • ENG4562 - Reading Literature: Prose and Poetry
  • ENG4742 - Finding and Freeing Your Voices: Creative Writing 1
  • ENG4842 - Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • ENG4882 - Vampires and Detectives: Reading Popular Genres
  • ENG4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability
  • MFC4362 - Online Storytelling

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)
  • ENG5122 - The Scandalous Victorians: Literature of the Industrial Revolution
  • ENG5152 - Writing America
  • ENG5412 - Twentieth-Century Writing: Experiments in Literature and Society
  • ENG5542 - Blood, Magic and Travel: Shakespearean Drama
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Childhood, Loss, Love and Myth: Creative Writing 2
  • ENG5822 - Magical Realism in World Fiction
  • ENG5842 - Life Writing: Writing the Self, Writing Others
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives

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

  • ENG6222 - Writing the New: Modernisms
  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6532 - From The Tatler to Frankenstein: Reading Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Texts
  • ENG6552 - Dreaming the Middle Ages
  • ENG6742 - Breaking the Rules: Creative Writing 3
  • ENG6772 - Down the Rabbit Hole: Children's Literature
  • ENG6804 - Writing Project
  • ENG6912 - Labyrinths and Quests: Postmodern Fiction
  • ENG6952 - Negotiated Study
  • HUM6002 - Sexuality and Ethics
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work
  • MFC6092 - Contemporary Cultural Issues
  • MFC6162 - Film and Television Adaptation
  • MFC6182 - Science Fiction

Learning and 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.  #expand#

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.


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.

Entry Requirements >

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​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2019/20. 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 £12,000 per year for this course starting in 2019-20. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student VisaFind out more

Additional Costs

​​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.

Placement Opportunities

We are one of only a few UK universities to build professional work placements into every degree. You'll complete two professional work placements, which will give you the chance to graduate with up to three months' professional work experience without having to take a sandwich year out.

Our students have completed their placements at a wide range of organisations – from film production companies and recording studios, to local newspapers and MPs' offices. If you're interested in teaching, you could also experience working in a primary or secondary school.

Graduate Opportunities

You'll be well-prepared for a career in professional writing, playwriting, teaching, journalism, publishing, copywriting, marketing, PR, and communications.

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