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American Literature and Creative Writing BA

New Course for 2018 - Programme Under Development

UCAS code
Q324
Year of entry
2018
Course length
3 years full time
Department
English »

By combining the study of American Literature and Creative Writing, you'll become an informed and critical reader of the American literaty tradition, as well as a confident and expressive writer - whether specialising as a poet, playwright, or author of fiction.

Studying at one of the UK's most dynamic English departments will challenge you to develop your own critical faculties. Learning to write creatively and critically analyse in tandem, you'll be exposed to a huge variety of literature while you develop your own writing practice.

You'll also examine a variety of areas in American literature, including the literature of the first encounter, nineteenth-century and African-American writing, satire, New York School poetry, drama, the urban novel and writing about music and the novella.

You will be taught by internationally known scholars, authors, playwrights and poets who are specialists in their fields, producing ground-breaking written work and appearing at literary festivals around the world.

  • You will have the chance to take courses in other departments, studying American history or film, to broaden your understanding of America.
  • You will be offered the chance to study abroad, enhancing your understanding of the USA or another country.
  • You will be taught by academics who have won national and College prizes for teaching and for their publications, including practicing American novelists Ben Markovits and Douglas Cowie.
  • Learn how to create, criticise and shape an artistic work: a valuable life skill with uses beyond writing poetry, plays or novels.  From journalism and website creation to advertising and academic publishing – you'll be able to use the skills you pick up in character, voice, ambiguity, style and cultural context.

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to Creative Writing
Why Write? The History and Theory of Creative Writing
Re-Orienting the Novel
Thinking as a Critic
Introducing English Poetry

Year 2

The American Century - American Literature, 1900 to 2000

Year 3

All modules are optional

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

Year 1

Only core modules are taken

Year 2

Dark Reform - Scandal and Satire in American Arts

American Drama

Debates in Literary and Critical Theory

Literature of the Fin de Siècle

Modernist Fiction - James, Conrad and Ford

Year 3

The Great American Novella

Literature of Chicago

African-American Literature

Special Author Project - Dickinson

Writing Migrant Identities

You will take the equivalent of four units each year.

Teaching is mostly by seminars and lectures, with an additional small tutorial group in year one. These methods are backed up by individual consultations for feedback on essays throughout the degree, and dissertation supervision in year three.

All students will also belong to study groups and undertake co-operative work for some courses, and take training courses run by the Library.

Assessment is via a combination of:

  • exams
  • essays
  • take-away papers
  • projects
  • marked presentations in some courses

Study time

Proportions of study time will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

You will spend 14% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 86% in guided independent study.

Year 2

You will spend 15% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 85% in guided independent study.

Year 3

You will spend 15% of your study time in scheduled learning and teaching activities, and 85% in guided independent study.

Assessment

Proportions of assessment types will vary depending on modules taken, but typically:

Year 1

Practical exams account for 2% of the total assessment for this year of study, and 98% will be assessed through coursework.

Year 2

Coursework accounts for 100% of the total assessment for this year of study.

Year 3

Coursework accounts for 100% of the total assessment for this year of study.

Typical offers

Typical offers
A-levels

AAB including English grade A
How we assess your application:  predicted grades lower than our typical offers are considered.  Read more about what we look for here.

  • Where an applicant is taking the EPQ alongside A-levels, the EPQ will be taken into consideration and result in lower A-level grades being required.
  • Socio-economic factors which may have impacted an applicant’s education will be taken into consideration and alternative offers may be made to these applicants.
Required/preferred subjects

Required subjects: 

  • A Level Grade A in English Literature or English Literature & Language
  • At least five GCSE passes at grades A* to C or 9-4 including Maths and English
  • Completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment
Other UK Qualifications
International Baccalaureate

6,6,5 at Higher Level, including 6 in English Literature with a minimum of 32 points overall, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment

BTEC Extended Diploma

Not accepted

BTEC National Extended Diploma

Distinction, Distinction in a related subject, plus grade A in A level English Literature or English Language & Literature, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment.

BTEC National Extended Certificate

Distinction in a related subject plus A level grades A,B, including A in English Literature or English Language & Literature, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Requirements are as for A-levels where one non-subject-specified A-level can be replaced by the same grade in the Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment

Scottish Advanced Highers

AAB including A in English Literature or English Language & Literature plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment

Scottish Highers

AAABB including A in English Literature or English Language & Literature plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment

Irish Leaving Certificate

H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 at Higher Level including H2 in English Literature or English Lit/Lang at Higher Level, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment

Access to Higher Education Diploma

Pass in a relevent subject with at least 30 level 3 credits at Distinction and the remaining level 3 credits at Merit. All level 3 English studies units must be  passed  with Distinction, plus completion of a short Creative Writing Assignment. The Access to Higher Education Diploma is only acceptable if applicants have had a considerable break from education

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International and EU entry requirements

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English language
requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall

  • with 7.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in each remaining subscore

For equivalencies please see here.

For more information about entry requirements for your country please visit our International pages. For international students who do not meet the direct entry requirements, we offer an International Foundation Year, run by Study Group at the Royal Holloway International Study Centre. Upon successful completion, students can progress on to selected undergraduate degree programmes at Royal Holloway, University of London.

Taking a degree in English sets you up with great prospects for future employability. On the course itself we place a strong emphasis on your future employability, meaning that you will develop a variety of transferrable skills.

Although many of our students go on to further study in literature and other fields, skills such as research, presentation, teamwork, negotiation and communication will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities.

Recent graduate have gone on to careers in:

  • Accountancy and banking
  • Publishing
  • Law
  • Media, PR and journalism
  • Teaching
  • Theatre and arts

We currently run a structured work placement scheme, placing students with organisations such as The Daily Telegraph, the Press Association, BBC Newsnight, publishers, literary agencies and media companies in London. By taking part in the scheme and you will boost your employability, build your CV, and develop real skills to help you choose and prepare for a career.

Home and EU students tuition fee per year*: £9,250

International students tuition fee per year**: £16,500

Other essential costs***: There are no single associated costs greater than £50 per item on this course

How do I pay for it?  Find out more about funding options, including loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries.

*Tuition fees for UK and EU nationals starting a degree in the academic year 2017/18 will be £9,250 for that year, and is shown for reference purposes only. The tuition fee for UK and EU undergraduates starting their degrees in 2018 is controlled by Government regulations, and details are not yet known. The UK Government has also announced that EU students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018/19 will pay the same level of fee as a UK student for the duration of their degree.

**Fees for international students may increase year-on-year in line with the rate of inflation. Royal Holloway's policy is that any increases in fees will not exceed 5% for continuing students. For further information see fees and funding and our  terms & conditions.

***These estimated costs relate to studying this particular degree programme at Royal Holloway. Costs, such as accommodation, food, books and other learning materials and printing etc., have not been included.

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