BA (Honours) in English Literature and Creative Writing
Online United Kingdom
3 - 6 years
Full time, Part time
GBP 6,924 / per year *
07 Sep 2023
Earliest start date
* cost per year full-time; £3,462 - cost per year part-time
This degree offers a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to English literature and creative writing. You’ll have the opportunity to study and interpret literature from different historical periods and diverse cultural settings – including translations – and to develop your writing skills in several genres including fiction; poetry; life writing; and scriptwriting for film, radio and stage.
Key features of the course
- Learn how to analyse a wide range of texts including fiction, poetry and drama
- Develop and reflect on your own writing and editorial practice in several genres
- Learn the skills of complex argument and critical commentary, which are highly valued in the workplace
- Introduces the world of publishing and the requirements of professional presentation
We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BA (Honours) English Literature and Creative Writing uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:
- studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
- face-to-face tutorials/day schools/workshops and online tutorials
- finding external/third party material online such as ebooks and electronic journals
- working in a group with other students
- using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
- working with specialist reading material such as films and dramatic scripts for different media
- continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
- using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
- engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
The level and depth of your learning gradually increase as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.
This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.
- You’ll start Stage 1 with a broad introduction to the arts and humanities before learning how culture affects the creative process of writing.
- Next, in Stage 2, you'll focus on your creative writing and English literature studies with two compulsory modules.
- Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll complete your degree with an advanced creative writing module and an advanced literature module.