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 courses, such as the English Literature BA or the full three-year Creative Writing and English Literature BA.
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:
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 2018/19 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 aims to:
1. clarify what is meant by critical thinking, reasoning and argument
2. explore the importance of examining knowledge critically in academic practice
3. provide the opportunity for students to apply their understanding to academic practices in their particular pathways
4. develop students’ critical thinking and reasoning skills so that they are able to assess, appreciate and defend a variety of beliefs and values, in particular:
• encouraging students to consider the importance of different points of view
• encouraging students to recognise the complexity surrounding many issues
• developing a rational approach to analysing and evaluating argument
• developing the skills needed to form and defend well-reasoned arguments, both orally and in writing
This module aims to:
1. Introduce the use of sociological theories to explore the relationship between society and individuals.
2. Provide opportunities for reflection on relevance of key theories to individuals and contemporary society.
3. Extend academic and independent reading skills and understanding of key terminology.
4. Develop academic speaking (discussion and presenting skills).
5. Develop digital skills by the use of the VLE and production of presentation aids.
This module aims to:
1. To introduce students to the study of media, crime and ‘race’.
2. To enable students to develop their reading and seminar skills and to respond critically and analytically to a range of texts.
3. To enable students to search, find and use appropriate digital resources, and further develop and consolidate academic skills to enhance their learning experience.
This module explores introductory ideas around the themes of self and society, in order to:
- introduce students to academic study in the Social Sciences and Humanities at H.E level
- encourage students to reflect on their own identities, as well as their skills and qualities and how they might further develop them through their H.E studies
- introduce and develop academic literacy, critical thinking and analytical skills through engagement with and production of a range of short Social Science and Humanities themed texts
- introduce reflective practice and support students to become effective, self-aware learners
- introduce and develop digital literacy skills
- develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Investigate the basic principles of research
• Critically analyse published research
• Develop and practise research skills
• Develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This core module aims to enable students to:
• Increase their knowledge and awareness of current research in their subject area
• Source and critically analyse published research in their area of interest•
• Further develop and practise research skills
• Further develop writing skills required for effective report writing
• Further develop strategies to use feedback to improve writing
This module aims to:
- Improve academic literacy through essay writing and feedback in the context of Social Science and Humanities debates
- Develop critical analysis and evaluation of academic source material
- Select and integrate source material appropriately in academic writing
- Develop students’ voice in academic writing
- Integrate reflective practice throughout the essay writing process
- Further develop organisational, planning and time management skills
- Guide students to constructively use feedback to improve academic work
1. To introduce contemporary London writing in poetry and prose
2. To place the study of literature into its cultural and social context
3. Introduce students to subject-specific study skills
4. Improve student awareness of digital research
5. Develop critical and creative writing skills
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:
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.
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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Apply to us for September 2018
It's not too late to start this course in September.
Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy - simply call our Clearing 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.
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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Disrupt Mag walks away with the big prize...
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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.
London Met's Irish Studies Centre and the Irish Literary Society jointly hosted an evening of sparkling debate on 25 January 2016.
Film lecturer appears in BBC Radio 2 documentary to commemorate Frank Sinatra centenary.
LMU Students Visit New HarperCollins HQ
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Warsan Shire Launches Campaign
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