What Will You Study
Lancaster’s degree in English Language and Creative Writing combines the in-depth study of the English language with the writing of original and imaginative fiction, poetry or plays. These two different focuses reinforce and complement each other.
Your Creative Writing courses are taught through a combination of lectures, readings, practice and discussion in regular tutor-led workshops. You’ll have the opportunity to develop your writing skills and cultivate a strong feeling for words with an appreciation of the tones, weights, nuances and registers of the English language. You’ll be encouraged to stretch your own boundaries and to extend yourself technically, to develop the motivation and drive you’ll need to thrive in your future career.
You’ll begin your degree with core courses including Creative Writing and English Language. You’ll move on to subjects such as Stylistics and Intermediate Creative Writing before completing your degree with advanced Creative Writing and English Language modules.
- Dance and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Dance and English Literature : BA Hons
- English Language : BA Hons
- English Language (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language and French Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and German Studies : BA Hons
- English Language and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Language and Literature : BA Hons
- English Language and Spanish Studies : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media : BA Hons
- English Language in the Media (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- English Language with Chinese : BA Hons
- English Literature : BA Hons
- English Literature and History : BA Hons
- English Literature and Linguistics : BA Hons
- English Literature and Philosophy : BA Hons
- English Literature and Religious Studies : BA Hons
- English Literature with Creative Writing : BA Hons
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice : BA Hons
- Film and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Film and English Literature : BA Hons
- Fine Art and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- French Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- French Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- French Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- German Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- German Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- German Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Linguistics : BA Hons
- Linguistics (Study Abroad) : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Philosophy : BA Hons
- Linguistics and Psychology : BA Hons
- Linguistics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Modern Languages : BA Hons
- Philosophy with Chinese : BA Hons
- Politics with Chinese : BA Hons
- Religious Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and English Literature : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies and Linguistics : BA Hons
- Spanish Studies with Chinese : BA Hons
- Theatre and Creative Writing : BA Hons
- Theatre and English Literature : BA Hons
Lancaster degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their degree. The following is an example list of modules which our previous students have studied.
- Creative Non-Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Poetry: Genre and Practice
- Short Fiction: Genre and Practice
- Writing place and landscape
Lancaster University offers the chance to follow a structured study programme or the option to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into 2 sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). In Part 1 you will take three units of assessment which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects, a higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
A-levels: AAA - AAB inc. English Language, English Language and Literature combined or a modern/classical language at grade A. We normally expect three A-levels.
General Studies: Accepted as one of 3 A-levels
Key skills: Not included in offer
GCSE: Normally Maths and a language
Scottish Highers: AAABB - ABBBB to include grade A in English
Irish Leaving Cert: Offers will be made on the basis of 5 or 6 Higher level subjects.Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
International Bacc: 36 - 35 pts overall with 16 pts from best three HL courses
BTEC: Overall grades of DDD
Mature students: We are keen to recruit mature students. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office (01524 592028) for further information
Your degree encourages you to cultivate a highly creative approach to projects and fosters a keen sense of imagination. Developing skills such as these will allow you to contribute fresh new ideas in any career you choose.
Our English Language and Creative Writing degrees are of particular benefit if you wish to work in education, translation, information technology, management, the mass media, creative arts, social work and counselling.
Recent graduates have gone to work or train as speech therapists; teachers of English overseas; teachers of English as a mother tongue; computer programmers and consultants; bankers; chartered accountants; personnel managers; journalists; and social workers.
A sizeable proportion of our graduates take up employment overseas.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Teaching and Learning Methods
At Lancaster we offer a broad range of learning environments which include the traditional lecture-tutorial , interactive workshops, laboratory and practical activities, student-led seminars and web-based delivery.
The modules which make up a programme of study are assessed using a variety of different methods, enabling students to demonstrate their capabilities in a range of ways. Typical coursework assignments include laboratory reports, essays, literature reviews, short tests, poster sessions, group work assessment and oral presentations. Formal examinations include short answer questions, essays and data analysis. Students are supported in the production of final year project reports and dissertations. Details of the assessment methods for individual modules can be accessed via the university's online module catalogue.
In addition to these learning and teaching methods we encourage independent study, meaning you take responsibility for your own learning. For more information visit our Teaching Approach page.
We offer you a variety of stimulating and effective approaches to teaching, learning and assessment. This enables you and your tutors to explore the very latest thinking within your subject and develops your skills in problem solving, analysis and critical reflection, communication, application of knowledge and modern technologies.
As a University, we commit to providing all our undergraduates with a minimum number of contact hours per week, providing you with timely feedback on your work and a maximum number of 15 students per seminar group.
Lancaster University has committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries to help with your fees and living costs. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A-levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.
Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education. For students starting their study with us in 2015, over 600 each year will be entitled to bursaries and/or scholarships to help them with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. For UK students entering in 2015 we will have the following financial support available:
- An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study to any student from the UK entering with A*, A*, A or equivalent academic qualifications
- An Access Scholarship of £1,000 per year for all UK students from households with an income of less than £42,600 who achieve grades of A*, A, A or the equivalent academic qualifications
- A Lancaster Bursary of £1,000 per annum for all students from England with a household income of more than £25,000 but less than £42,600
*All of the financial awards above are subject to approval by the Office for Fair Access July 2014.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.