Develop your creative and professional writing skills while exploring how English literature has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies on our full-time Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge. Choose to study abroad for one semester in France, and get support to find work placements, as you prepare for a career in creative industries including fiction writing, journalism, arts criticism and publishing.
On our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature, you’ll develop your own writing while studying the techniques of some of the world’s greatest writers. You’ll also discover the importance of English literature: how it is affected by the culture, language, technology and economics of its time, and how it influences readers and society as a whole.
As well as developing your creative writing skills (including poetry, drama and short fiction) you’ll have the chance to explore professional writing techniques such as news and feature writing. Combining these with a study of critical writing, you’ll discover new ways to express your literary talent.
Our teaching staff, which includes many published writers, will offer you invaluable feedback on all of your creative writing work – as will your fellow students. These critical workshops will give you the unique opportunity to consider a range of responses to your work, as well as sharpening your own critical skills.
By studying English literature, you will also be exploring a range of other subjects at the same time, including history, politics, philosophy, religion, psychology and the history of art. As well as developing skills such as literacy and communication - important for any career - you'll become well-versed in methods of literary research, such as bibliographies, databases and information technology.
Throughout the course, your studies will be supported by our team of Writing and English literature experts, including Course Leader Dr Colette Paul, Dr Tory Young (author of Studying English Literature, a text used by many Universities), and Dr Una McCormack (Star Trek The Fall: The Crimson Shadow and Doctor Who: Royal Blood). You can also seek advice on your writing from our Royal Literary Fund fellows.
Course Leader: Dr Colette Paul
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Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature will help you develop many skills for your future career, including literacy, communication, creativity, self-reliance and teamwork.
Many of our graduates have found success in roles such as journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration.
We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.
Our work-based modules will give you a chance to get crucial experience in the field that you hope to work in, and our links to local professional bodies – including Cambridge University Press, Windhorse Publishing and Writers’ Centre Norwich – can help you find a placement.
You might also decide to continue on to a Masters course after you graduate, such as our:
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the module structure.
You’ll show your progress on the course through a combination of writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentation, performance, video and audio recordings, proposals, reading journals, exams, essays and reviews.
Each year you’ll prepare a Personal Development Portfolio, which includes a CV and personal statement. This will give you the chance to reflect on your progress to date, the skills you’ve developed and any extracurricular activities that will help you when looking for work.
Using our creative expertise and industry connections in Cambridge and beyond, we create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
At Cambridge School of Creative Industries, we believe in the importance of experimentation and risk-taking to create experiences that entertain, educate, inspire and improve lives.
Whether writing bestselling fiction, creating challenging documentaries or sharing a piano with people on the autism spectrum, the expertise of our staff goes far beyond teaching. Their research produces significant funding success, leading to important publications and international conferences.
You can take part in our many extra-curricular activities, including poetry and writing evenings, research symposia and conferences, as well as many student societies including the Creative Writing Society, the Poetry Society and the Harry Potter Society.
You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.
We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.
You must pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit or sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email email@example.com for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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