Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year)

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Course overview
(BA) Bachelor of Arts
Literature and Creative Writing (Including Placement Year)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Colchester Campus
Honours Degree


Professional accreditation


Admission criteria

A-levels: BBB, including one essay-based subject

BTEC: DDM, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including a Higher Level essay-based subject grade 5.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

Flexible offers
Eligible applicants that actively choose us as their firm choice will be able to take advantage of a flexible offer. This offer will specify alternative entry requirements than those published here so, if your final grades aren’t what you had hoped for, you could still secure a place with us. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

If you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.

Course qualifiers


Rules of assessment

Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.

Additional notes

The capstone project module within the Department is still under development and is therefore TBC in the structure.

External examiners

External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment. External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course. They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards. External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.

eNROL, the module enrolment system, is now open until Monday 25 October 2021 8:59AM, for students wishing to make changes to their module options.


Core You must take this module.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options You can choose which module to study.
You must pass this module. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory You must take this module.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Compulsory with Options You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.
Optional You can choose which module to study.
There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the degree if you fail.

Year 1 - 2021/22

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LT111-4-FY  Origins and Transformations in Literature and Drama  Compulsory  30 
02  LT191-4-AU  The Writer's Toolkit  Compulsory  15 
03    LT146-4-AU or LT151-4-AU or LT137-4-AU  Compulsory with Options  15 
04  LT182-4-AU  Text Up Close: Reading for Criticism  Compulsory  15 
05  LT143-4-SP  Poetry: A Very Short Introduction  Compulsory  15 
06  LT705-4-SP  The Humanities Graduate: Future Pathways  Compulsory  15 
07    Spring option from list  Optional  15 

Year 2 - 2022/23

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LT245-5-FY  Creative Non-Fiction  Compulsory  30 
02  LT219-5-SP  Writing the Short Story  Compulsory  15 
03    LT204-5-FY or (LT204-5-AU and LT269-5-SP or spring option from list)  Compulsory with Options  30 
04    Option(s) from list  Optional  30 
05  LT209-5-AU  Writing Structures  Compulsory  15 

Year Abroad/Placement - 2023/24

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01  LT702-6-FY  Placement Year  Compulsory  120 

Year 3 - 2024/25

Component Number Module Code Module Title Status Credits
01    LT831-6-FY or LT832-6-FY  Compulsory with Options  30 
02    Final year Creative Writing option(s)  Optional  30 
03    Final year Creative Writing option(s) or Literature option(s)  Optional  30 
04    Final year option(s)  Optional  30 

Exit awards

A module is given one of the following statuses: 'core' – meaning it must be taken and passed; 'compulsory' – meaning it must be taken; or 'optional' – meaning that students can choose the module from a designated list. The rules of assessment may allow for limited condonement of fails in 'compulsory' or 'optional' modules, but 'core' modules cannot be failed. The status of the module may be different in any exit awards which are available for the course. Exam Boards will consider students' eligibility for an exit award if they fail the main award or do not complete their studies.

Programme aims

1. To offer a varied, flexible and distinctive curriculum focused on the study of creative writing and literature in comparative and theoretical contexts.
2. To enable students to exercise their own choices in creative composition across a range of genres.
3. To acquaint students with a range of theoretical and comparative frameworks.
4. To enable students to think critically about their own reading and creative writing.
5. To provide the knowledge and skills (creative development, critical inquiry and argument, imaginative understanding, written and spoken communication and presentation) to stand students in good stead for more specialised creative and academic study, as well as enhancing their graduate careers.

Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods

On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:

A: Knowledge and understanding

A1: A range of literature, from the early modern to the present day, including the understanding of a variety of modes (poetry, fiction, drama)

A2: A range of key approaches to creative writing from Anglo-American to mythic to Oulipo.

A3: Major literary and theoretical figures in the field and major literary tendencies or movements

A4: The relationship between literature and culture and an awareness of the writer's role in creating cultural change

A5: Key methods of literary analysis and research and of modes of research for creative writing

A6: The basic functions of audience and marketplace as constraints on writing

A7: Specialised study in the final year in the form of a capstone project

A8: To provide the opportunity to apply academic learning outcomes in a work-related context

A9: To develop essential work-based skills throughout the placement

Learning methods

1-7 are acquired through lectures, classes, workshops and continually assessed coursework.

Classes focus on textual examples and give emphasis to student discussion and/or presentation, preparing argumentative and creative skills for formal assessment.

Workshops focus on writing exercises, oral presentations, and peer review. In addition, students extend and enhance knowledge and understanding of writing they acquire from classes by independent research.

Assessment methods

Formal assessment of student skills, knowledge and understanding (1-7) takes place through coursework essays, notebooks, presentations, writing assignments, portfolios, group projects, critical commentaries and poetics statements.

B: Intellectual and cognitive skills

B1: Show an ability to engage in the practice of creative composition and critical writing

B2: Show an ability to reflect critically on their own work and that of others

B3: Read complex texts and comment cogently on them

B4: Reason critically and argue coherently

B5: Think independently and creatively

Learning methods

Intellectual and cognitive skills are initiated through lectures, classes and workshops in years 0, 1 and 2, as well as one-to-one tutorials where appropriate.

The seminar- based work of year 3, like that of Years 1 and 2, encourages critical discussion arising from the analysis and interpretation of set texts and student writing with an emphasis on being able to reason cogently, argue coherently and present one's own viewpoint persuasively.

Final year students are guided towards the acquisition of a reflective understanding of their own writing, and the critical positions they and others employ. This is done through in situ feedback (formally and informally, as appropriate) in oral and written presentations, group based critical discussions and the analysis and interpretation of texts and student writing.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework essays, notebooks, presentations, writing assignments, portfolios, group projects, critical commentaries and poetics statements.

C: Practical skills

C1: A vocabulary and a critical and analytical terminology for the analysis of writing

C2: An ability to write in a variety of styles and genres

C3: A capacity for working independently and under guidance

C4: Critical analysis of their own work to develop creative writing skills through a number of drafts

C5: The use of accepted conventions of presenting manuscripts, references and bibliographies, and an ability to challenge these conventions

C6: An effective style or range of styles to convey a range of responses as readers of literary texts

C7: A range of methods to research writing projects

Learning methods

Practical writing skills are developed through practice in workshops, group activities and the development of writing skills through peer review and reflective practice and research.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework essays, writing assignments, portfolios, group projects, critical commentaries and capstone project.

D: Key skills

D1: Clear, focused, relevant and effective written expression and oral communication

D2: Use appropriate IT to research and present materials

D3: Basic numeracy as part of the employability aspects of the degree

D4: Management of projects and timetables. Finding, understanding, organising and creatively processing information.

D5: The role of publishing and broadcasting in a modern society, including challenges in reporting on international issues

D6: Receptivity to feedback

Learning methods

The six relevant key skills are implicit throughout the degree, and are supported in their development by seminar work, feedback on essays, and key skills packages.

Assessment methods

Key skills are assessed through coursework and through the participation mark.


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