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Creative Writing and English Literature Extended Degree (including Foundation Year) - BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

This four-year course provides an alternative route into higher education if you don't have the traditional qualifications or can't meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree. It's an excellent way to develop your academic and professional writing skills, as well to learn about how the mass media impacts everyday life and society.

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The foundation year is designed to prepare you for the challenge of studying at undergraduate level. As you continue your degree you'll develop your own distinct creative writing style and gain an understanding of literary history and major genres in poetry, drama and prose.

Following successful completion of the foundation year, you can progress on to a choice of English-related degree options.

Assessment

You'll be assessed in a variety of ways throughout the course, with 87.5% of your grades coming from coursework and 12.5% from exams.

Examples of coursework include portfolios of reflective writing, digital portfolios, essays, reports, presentations, discussion and seminar skills.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • at least one A level (or a minimum of 40 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Subsidiary/National/BTEC Extended Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you are a mature student with significant work experience, you are invited to apply for this course on the basis of the knowledge and skills you have developed through your work.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides a theoretical and practical introduction to the analysis, evaluation and production of argument. It will introduce students to the process of developing and supporting ideas and beliefs by evaluating how others do this and by supporting them going through the process themselves. The module will explore the importance of different points of view and the complexity that surrounds many issues. It will provide opportunities for students to relate their understanding of critical thinking and their reasoning skills to academic practices in general and, more specifically, to their pathway studies.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • summer studies morning
    • spring semester morning

    This module provides an introduction to the social sciences, through examining a few key sociological theories, approaches and concepts. Themes may include the influence of power on us as citizens, the individual within society and the role of family. We will examine the theories in historical, cross-cultural and contemporary contexts through the use of a core text “Dead White Men and Other Important people”. By using this narrative approach we aim to help students develop reflective skills and practice basic application of theory. The interaction between different themes and ideas and how these may affect our students’ lives will be explored through the module. The module will also develop reading, independent study, revision and exam writing skills

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester
    • autumn semester

    This module provides an introduction to media, crime and deviance and ‘race’ and racism.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    This module introduces students to the academic skills required for undergraduate study in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester
    • spring semester

    Students will acquire research skills through a guided research project. They will use these as a basis for producing a short report.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester afternoon
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    Students will be introduced to various key areas of current research within the area of social sciences and humanities. They will analyse this research, undertake further research and this will inform their research proposal. They will give an oral presentation based on their area of research interest.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • summer studies afternoon
    • spring semester afternoon
    • spring semester morning
    • summer studies morning

    This module develops students’ academic skills for the effective planning and production of an essay in the Social Sciences and Humanities.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester

    This module aims to introduce students to traditions and currents in London writing and to examine the ways that the city’s changing economic, social and cultural life is expressed and represented in creative non-fiction, poetry and prose. The module will focus on London’s identity as a world city, a place of migration and of cultural creativity and innovation. The module is divided into three parts where students will be introduced briefly to historical London writing, to creative non-fiction studies of the contemporary city and, the major part of the module, to representations of contemporary London in poetry and creative prose. The module will be delivered in weekly lecture format followed by creative writing workshops and literary critical discussions in seminar.

    Students will practise and develop skills central to undergraduate study such as workshopping external creative work, keeping study and creative journals, note-taking, listening, speaking and participation skills for seminar, library and online research strategies, critical approaches to the immersive long read and developing written arguments at length.

    The assessment for this module will involve students keeping a digital journal on weblearn and developing this into assignment submissions midway through the module and at the end.

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The first year of this extended degree course involves studying a range of topics and will allow you to gain a taste of the degree subject you aim to progress on to at Year 1 (Level 4).

Year 0 (Level 3) modules include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Culture, Family and Power
  • Media, Crime and Race
  • Reflecting on Self and Society
  • Researching Discrimination
  • Researching Inequality
  • Social Issues in Context: Text to Essay
  • Studying London

Modules at Year 1, 2 and 3 (Levels 4, 5 and 6) are determined by the path you choose following the completion of Level 3 and other necessary maths and English qualifications. Pathway options include:

“The lecturers and tutors have all been enthusiastic in both subjects and for the institution they are teaching in. The course has introduced me to works I would have otherwise not known and opened my mind to new areas in literature. The partnership between English Literature and Creative Writing has created interesting opportunities to explore my own creative writing.”
National Student Survey

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in publishing, editing and related industries as well as publishing their own creative work. This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

Creative Writing graduate and Somali-British poet Warsan Shire recently collaborated with Beyonce on her new album, Lemonade. The album, which sees the American superstar recite extracts from five of Warsan's poems, has catapulted Warsan into stardom in the US. Having graduated from London Metropolitan University in 2011, Warsan published Teaching My Mother How to Give Birth that same year and was named the first Young Poet Laureate of London in 2014.

Extended degrees provide applicants with an alternative route into higher education. If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for an undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing an extended degree. Extended degrees include a Year 0, which is also known as a foundation year. Once you successfully complete your first year of study you will progress into Year 1 of an undergraduate degree.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things such as equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

Applying for January 2018

You could start this course as soon as January 2018.

To begin a course starting in January you can either apply online (directly to the University – simply click the apply now button) or over the phone by calling the January hotline on .

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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