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English Literature with Creative Writing BA (Full time) 2018 start

Course information for 2019 start

Key facts

UCAS code: Q3W8

Start date: September 2018

3 years full time

Typical A-level offer: AAA
(specific subjects required)

UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)

Language requirements
IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component

Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes


Balance the creative and the critical sides of your English studies on this prestigious degree. The School includes leading poets and academics who are experienced creative writers. You’ll be taught by researchers of international significance whose expertise spans the historical and geographical spheres of English literary tradition.

Our region is one of the most important in the history of English literature, and amongst our alumni are poets and writers of historical and contemporary significance.

You can study literature from Old English to the contemporary period, including American and postcolonial literature and world theatre. You’ll produce creative work across genres, including fiction, poetry, plays, life writing, screenplays, short fiction and/or travel accounts.

This degree combines creativity with critical thinking, developing transferable skills in research, communication, and project management that employers seek.

Leeds has fantastic facilities for English and Creative Writing students and the School of English has a rich history of creative writing. We regularly host readings and talks by well-known and emerging contemporary writers and you’ll have access to a vibrant community of researchers and creative practitioners. The highly respected literary magazine, Stand, is produced in the School, and publishes the best in new and established creative writing.

Our alumni and former staff include founding figures of African national literatures Wole Soyinka and Ngugi wa Thiong’o, poets of great acclaim such as Geoffrey Hill and our current Professor of Poetry Simon Armitage, and J. R. R. Tolkien, the leading fantasy writer of all time.

The world-class Brotherton Library has an array of archive, manuscript and early printed material in its Special Collections, including extensive archives of prominent contemporary poets including Simon Armitage and Tony Harrison. All of this will be valuable for your independent research, and the University Library offers training programmes to help you make the most of our resources.

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Course content

This new and exciting degree programme allows you to combine creative writing with the critical study of English literature and/or language.

In your first year, you’ll study foundational modules in English Studies and Creative Writing, designed to help you to make a successful transition to university study. You’ll develop your skills as a critic and as a writer, explore key literary genres, and we’ll introduce you to literary theory and criticism.

In the following year, you’ll continue working with our creative writing experts to develop and diversify your creative portfolio. You’ll choose from core modules focusing on different historical periods to explore how literature has evolved over time. You’ll also choose from a wide range of option modules, from Jacobean drama to African literature, crime fiction stylistics, and specialist creative writing options.

This choice of core and option modules continues into your final year, when you will also produce the highlight of your degree – your Final Year Project. This creative project, on a topic of your choice, will showcase your development as a skilled writer and a creative and critical thinker.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Studying and Researching English 5 credits
Foundations of Creative Writing 40 credits
Foundations of English Studies 20 credits

Optional modules

English: Context, Culture and Style 20 credits
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits
Drama: Reading and Interpretation 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Developing Creative Writing 40 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Power of Language 20 credits
Language in Society 20 credits
Medieval Literature 20 credits
Eighteenth Century Literature 20 credits
Literature of the Romantic Period 20 credits
Renaissance Literature 20 credits
Disposable Lives? 20 credits
Quiet Rebels and Unquiet Minds: writing to contemporary anxiety 20 credits
Folklore and Mythology 20 credits
Victorian Literature 20 credits
ExtraOrdinary Bodies: Disability, Medicine and Normalcy in Contemporary Literatures 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Final Year Project: Creative Writing Pathway 40 credits

Optional modules

Examples of the optional modules available are shown below. Please contact us for more details of the requirements and choices available.

Modern Literature 20 credits
Postcolonial Literature 20 credits
Contemporary Literature 20 credits
Shakespeare 20 credits
Refugee Narratives 20 credits
Byron and the Shelleys 20 credits
Modernist Sexualities 20 credits
States of Mind: Disability, Cognitive Impairment and Mental Health in Contemporary Culture 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read English Literature with Creative Writing BA in the course catalogue

Broadening your academic horizons

At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.

Learning and teaching

We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from our tutors’ expertise. Small-group seminars are at the heart of this degree, and you’ll also encounter lectures, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and supervisions, group work and online learning through the Virtual Learning Environment. Independent study is also a vital element of this course, since it enables you to develop your research and critical skills, form your own ideas, and experiment with genre, style and voice.


You’ll produce a creative portfolio composed of a range of genres, including life writing, fiction, poetry, plays, screenplays, short fiction and/or travel accounts. Your Final Year Project comprises a long independent creative piece and a critical reflection. English modules are assessed using a range of methods, including exams, essays and shorter written assignments. In some modules this may extend to online exercises such as wikis or podcasts, library exercises or oral presentations.

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Entry requirements, fees and applying

Entry requirements

A-level: AAA including English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) and not including General Studies or Critical Thinking.

  • Access to HE Diploma

    Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must follow a Humanities pathway and/or include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may be required.

  • BTEC

    We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

  • Cambridge Pre-U

    D3, D3, M1 including D3 in English.

  • International Baccalaureate

    35 points overall with 17 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level.

  • Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

    Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate): H2, H2, H2, H2, H2, H2 including H2 in English.

  • Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

    AA in Advanced Highers including English and AABBB in Highers or A in Advanced Highers English and AAABB in Highers.

  • Welsh Baccalaureate

    The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.

  • Other Qualifications

    European Baccalaureate: 85% with 85% in English.

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the School’s Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

We’re committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

Typical Access to Leeds offer: ABB including A in English (Literature or Language and Literature) excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking at A Level and pass Access to Leeds.


We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the School of English admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of English Undergraduate Admissions Policy


UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)

For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2018, the fee for 2018/19 will be £9,250. 

The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2019 will be confirmed in September 2018.

The fee may increase in future years of your course in line with inflation, and as permitted by law. For example, the increase of 2.8% in 2017/18 was based on the government’s forecast for the RPI-X measure of inflation.

The UK government has confirmed that non-UK EU students starting in the 2019/20 academic year will have home fee status and be eligible for UK government student loans. The UK government has not confirmed the situation for future years, so keep checking our website for updates.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, you’ll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.

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Career opportunities

A degree in English with Creative Writing equips you with a range of transferable skills in addition to your subject knowledge. Your skills and experience as a flexible and imaginative writer will open up a range of pathways within the creative industries.

You’ll be an excellent communicator who can present and defend your views clearly, whether verbally or in writing, and be confident working independently or in a group. You’ll have strong organisational and time management skills from managing your own workload. Crucially, you’ll be able to conduct thorough research, interpret and analyse complex information and then think critically about what you find to draw your own conclusions.

All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates from the School of English have gone on to find success in diverse careers within and beyond the arts. They include the creative industries, advertising and marketing, education, journalism, law, publishing, radio and television as well as administration, business and finance, charity work, the civil service, management, management consultancy and social welfare. Many have also progressed to postgraduate study.

Read more about employability and careers in the School of English.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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Placement opportunities

Study abroad

On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America. 

Find out more at the Study Abroad website.

Work placements

Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.

Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.

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