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.
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.
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) 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 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.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations 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
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.
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.
Fees and key information
News and success stories
An evening of celebration was held in order to launch Just Met 2017, an anthology featuring creative writing work from students at the University.
A London Met academic has written the first in-depth study of Amitabh Bachan’s film career and star persona.
Students from English Literature and Creative Writing have teamed up with Visual Communication students to create an inaugural collaborative anthology.
Play by London Met lecturer weaves together true and fictional tales of British colonialism and its legacy to mark 70 years of India’s independence.
London Met partners with Spanish university
Disrupt Mag walks away with the big prize...
Disrupt Mag beat off the competition to win London Met Accelerator's coveted Best Brand/Most Commercial Potential Award, with cash and mentoring prizes.
Poetry by London Met graduate features in Beyoncé’s new album, Lemonade.
Sunny Singh interview
Lecturer Sunny Singh gave a wide-ranging interview to the Times Higher Education supplement.
Panelists from the Ireland 1916: Death of Literary Revival?
London Met's Irish Studies Centre and the Irish Literary Society jointly hosted an evening of sparkling debate on 25 January 2016.
Angie Dickinson and Frank Sinatra pose in a film still from Ocean's Eleven.
Film lecturer appears in BBC Radio 2 documentary to commemorate Frank Sinatra centenary.
Students at HarperCollins UK
LMU Students Visit New HarperCollins HQ
English Literature & Creative Writing students visited HarperCollins for careers in publishing and learnt about the process of taking a novel from manuscript to publication
Warsan Shire Launches Campaign
Creative Writing Graduate & London’s first Young Poet Laureate Warsan Shire has penned a special poem for The Guardian’s campaign to end FGM
Creative Writing and English Literature Graduate Matilda Ibini is a winning playwright in the BBC Writers Room 2014 with her entry Muscovado
Meet the team
Date 18 Apr 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
166-220 Holloway Rd
This Mini Open Day is for those who are interested in studying with us on human sciences, social sciences, social professions, computing and digital media subjects (see subject area list below). We... more
Date 3 May 2018 Time 6:00 PM Venue Tower Building
166-220 Holloway Road
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