The BA (Hons) English and Creative Writing degree at Lincoln combines the study of world literature with the opportunity for students to write their own original work. Teaching is enhanced by workshops, readings and masterclasses with visiting authors.
This course provides students with the opportunity to consider literature from a variety of theoretical, historical and cultural perspectives. The programme covers poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as less traditional literary forms, such as life writing and graphic novels. Students may also develop a portfolio of creative writing pieces across a wide range of popular formats.
How You Study
The course will introduce literary forms and theories, and explore texts and authors from past and present. Students can study the various approaches to creative writing through the close reading of major contemporary authors, examining their techniques and applying them to the production of original, imaginative work.
In the third year, a wide range of optional modules enables students to pursue areas of particular interest, while engaging in individual research and extended creative writing projects.
Throughout the course, there is a focus on employability with the degree aiming to prepare students for a professional writing or publishing career.
Contact Hours and Reading for a Degree
Students on this programme learn from academic staff who are often engaged in world-leading or internationally excellent research or professional practice. Contact time can be in workshops, practical sessions, seminars or lectures and may vary from module to module and from academic year to year. Tutorial sessions and project supervision can take the form of one-to-one engagement or small group sessions. Some courses offer the opportunity to take part in external visits and fieldwork.
It is still the case that students read for a degree and this means that in addition to scheduled contact hours, students are required to engage in an independent study. This allows you to read around a subject and to prepare for lectures and seminars through wider reading, or to complete follow up tasks such as assignments or revision. As a general guide, the amount of independent study required by students at the University of Lincoln is that for every hour in class you are expected to spend at least two to three hours in an independent study.
How You Are Assessed
The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to students promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date (unless stated differently above).
Methods of Assessment
The way students are assessed on this course may vary for each module. Examples of assessment methods that are used include coursework, such as written assignments, reports or dissertations; practical exams, such as presentations, performances or observations; and written exams, such as formal examinations or in-class tests. The weighting given to each assessment method may vary across each academic year. The University of Lincoln aims to ensure that staff return in-course assessments to students promptly.
English academics are engaged in research which directly informs their teaching. There are particular strengths in 21st Century literature, 19th Century literature, Gothic studies, and drama. Current research projects include studies on Shakespeare, women’s life-writing, literary reactions to early photography and utopian theatre.
Students have the opportunity to learn from active professional authors, including members of the English staff. Their publications include novels, poetry and prize-winning short stories.
Teaching is enriched by workshops, readings, and masterclasses with visiting contemporary authors. Poet Laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy became a Visiting Artist at the University of Lincoln in 2015.
Student as Producer
Student as Producer is a model of teaching and learning that encourages academics and undergraduate students to collaborate on research activities. It is a programme committed to learning through doing.
The Student as Producer initiative was commended by the QAA in our 2012 review and is one of the teaching and learning features that makes the Lincoln experience unique.
- GCE Advanced Levels: BBC
- International Baccalaureate: 29 points overall
- BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
Applicants will also need at least three GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, which must include English. Equivalent Level 2 qualifications may be considered.
EU and International students whose first language is not English will require English Language IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in each element or equivalent http://www.lincoln.ac.uk/englishrequirements
The University accepts a wide range of qualifications as the basis for entry and will consider applicants who have a mix of qualifications.
We also consider applicants with extensive and relevant work experience and will give special individual consideration to those who do not meet the standard entry qualifications.
If you would like further information about entry requirements or would like to discuss whether the qualifications you are currently studying are acceptable, please contact the Admissions team on 01522 886097, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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