BA Creative Writing with Education Studies
Creative Writing with Education Studies is a programme designed to allow students to learn creative writing in a new, innovative and exciting way and indulge their passion for English with various aspects of Education and Teaching to provide those interested in teaching as a career with invaluable insights and understanding of the profession.
Creative Writing will offer students the opportunity to explore their creative talent across a range of different forms - including short stories, screenplays, poetry, drama and novels - and will give you the opportunity to pursue your interests in a number of genres such as Gothic, thriller/crime, satiric and romantic.
Alongside the form and genre options, you will take modules in research and archiving, following which you will create a major piece of work which may lead to publication. Throughout your three years you will have regular contact with, and support from, a range of different writers together with guest appearances by internationally respected poets, playwrights, scriptwriters and novelists. Weekly workshop sessions will be held within which you will be encouraged to discuss your work with your community of fellow writers, and during the course of your studies, you will receive input on how best to prepare your work for the marketplace. Alongside this one-to-one tuition, you will also take courses on writing for the workplace, including sessions on reviewing, editing and writing to brief.
The Education Studies component of this major/minor degree comprises two modules of study per year over the three years of your degree. Modules within the Education Studies part of the degree will cover a range of themes including, for example, the historical development of education, learning cultures and approaches to learning, the philosophy of learning and education, and the legal frameworks within which education operates today.
In your first year of study, you will undertake modules that will enable you to explore key educational debates regarding the relations between learning, knowledge, and education in contemporary society; this will provide an overview of the associated aims and values which have underpinned education.
During the second year of study you will undertake a 20-credits module entitled ‘Learning in an Inclusive Environment’. As part of this module, you will have the opportunity for gaining valuable work experience through a work placement. This placement may be in a classroom, museum or other contexts which respond to education in its broadest sense. The work will provide you with an insight into the application of concepts and ideas that surround education. Further it offers an opportunity to gain first-hand experience that will support your future career aspirations. In your second year you will also study a module that explores educational identities in relation to knowledge, power, culture and social relations.
Finally, in your third year of study you will have the opportunity to either take a 40-credits dissertation that combines elements of your Education Studies with your chosen Humanities subject, or take a 20-credit Independent Project plus a 20-credit Practical Placement. The latter module might involve an observation in a local school, college, organisation or learning/teaching contexts within the community.
There is clear emphasis on enhancing your employability through ensuring that the modules enable you to develop a range of transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, you will have the opportunity to develop such skills via, for example, a compulsory work placement, seminar presentations and a practice-based, work related dissertation.
There is a strong sense of community among students and staff, and the ratio of staff to students is such that students can have ready and easy access to all their lecturers. The small classes are always friendly and never intimidating, allowing staff to get to know their students on a first-name basis.
Typical modules include:
- Historical & Contemporary Issues in Education,
- Learning, Knowledge and Education
- The Renaissance
- Contemporary Writing
- The Role of the Agent and Publisher
- One-to-one tuition with writers
- Towards Publication
- Large Projects
- Romantic Poetry and Prose
- Historicising Texts
- Archives and Museum study
- Culture, Identity and Education.
- Lifelong Learning and Continuing Development
- Practical Placement
Reasons to choose this course:
- An observation Placement in a School or museum at level 5 with the option to do another at level 6
- Work collaboratively in small groups
- Learn with experts and published authors
- Study literature and culture from the Renaissance to the present day
- Committed staff, with a wide range of scholarly and creative publications, who are experienced in teaching students from a wide range of backgrounds
- Interview arranged with PGCE course
- Research active, published staff with expertise in a wide range of literary topics
- Strong vocational relevance
- Small group and seminar discussion
- Regular trips, conferences, and events
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, oral presentations delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer assessed work; group presentations; journals;, internet searches; document analysis; and, bibliographic exercises.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
Career and employment opportunities include:
- Museum work
- Writing & Publishing
- Film, Television and Media
- Social work & volunteering
- Journalism and Reviewing
- Arts Management
- Business and Marketing
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Creative Writing with Education Studies at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.
For more information about the Humanities and Education programmes, please contact:
Programme Director BA Humanities and Education
Tel: 01570 424975