Programme of Study (BA English and Creative Writing)

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I feel that the course is extremely modern, and it is great to see that efforts are being made to make it even more so, as well as keeping up with modern day trends regarding subject matter and interaction with technology. This, in my opinion, is what makes this course invaluable and attractive to prospective students. (Thomas Drage, Year 2, 2017)

Teaching takes place over two semesters, September to December and January to April. You will attend lectures and participate in seminars, workshops, tutorials and group meetings, in addition to working in virtual environments. Guest lectures will be delivered by writers, poets, publishers and other industry professionals and you will be given the chance to enter poetry and writing competitions. A number of our students have won awards, including the Fred Holland Poetry Collection Award and the Big Issue Short Story Competition. There are opportunities for all students to publish their writing in the CovWords Magazine, and submit their work to other magazines such as Here Comes Everyone. A number of our students have had their plays performed at a local theatre, and their radio dramas aired on the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire.

Songwriting in the Poetry Workshop

Our resources and facilities include:

  • dedicated rooms with workstations / internet / printers
  • a wireless campus
  • library
  • Language Centre
  • Student Support Office
  • Student Union
  • Careers and Placement Service
  • Academic Personal Tutors
  • Disability Office
  • International Centre / Student Centre

You will receive academic and employability support via:

  • Lecturers
  • Academic Personal Tutors
  • Study Skills Modules
  • The Centre for Academic Writing
  • Registry
  • Careers Advisors

Your abilities will be assessed in a number of ways to reflect different types of learning such as:

  • Blogs
  • Seminar presentations
  • Portfolios and dissertations
  • Short tests and quizzes (in-class and online)
  • Audio/poster presentations
  • Group work and projects
  • Multimedia presentations
  • Essays
  • Digital assessments (film/audio/quiz)

We are flexible in our approaches to assessment and will cater for disabilities of any kind.

Our assessment methods include a number of formative and summative assessments. The formative assessments can involve one-to-one discussions with tutors, and peer assessment.

Many assessments are undertaken digitally using our online learning system. Feedback and grades are supplied to help you determine your current skills, and suggestions on how to improve your work.

Steffan Jenkins receiving his Online International Learning certificate, 2017 (from left: Lecturer Lyle Weir and Steffan Jenkins)

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Programme of Study

You will study subjects and themes designed to introduce, and then broaden your understanding of English in a global and digital world. This understanding will develop as you study more advanced themes in literature and language, and the writing modules have been designed for you to explore your use of language and to develop your own writer’s voice.

  • Literary Theory: engage in stimulating discussions about approaches to literature, modernism and speculative fiction;
  • Stylistics: learn how linguistic theories are used to identify and describe the distinguishing features (or style) of a text;
  • Linguistics: study concepts in linguistics, discourse and digital media, language in society and spoken language;
  • Poetry: explore your use of descriptive language in fixed or experimental forms;
  • Games Narratives: explore the language and storytelling of games (optionals);
  • Magazine Publishing: experience writing travel articles, editing, and publishing an in-house publication;
  • Writing for Children: understand the language, characters and topics that appeal to children;
  • Creative Writing Skills modules: offered at every level. Topics include studying at university; essay writing; reflective writing; referencing; planning a community writing project; planning your degree show;
  • Short Story Writing: analyse storytelling by published authors in order to explore your own writer’s voice;
  • Graphic/Comic Storytelling: explore comics and the graphic novel and experiment with visual storytelling (optional);
  • Screenwriting and Video Production: create effective ways to capture your audience through sounds, visuals, dialogue and expression;
  • Writing Nonfiction Narratives: explore the merging of fact and fiction in life writing in order to create lively texts that read like fiction (optional);
  • Theatre Scriptwriting: understand the role of the actor in telling a story to a live audience;
  • Radio Scriptwriting: experience the creation and production of radio drama to engage listeners;
  • Planning your Novel: plan for a longer piece of fiction or creative nonfiction and start writing your novel (optional);
  • Writing Nonfiction: write about a period in your life, about someone you know, or merge the two as a memoir. Learn about the ethics of writing about real life and real characters.
Joe Carter with his 10-minute play, 2017 (Performing Arts students’ took Joe’s play and performed it at the ShopFront Theatre, Coventry)
Field trips vary from year to year. Sometimes students join trips arranged by other courses. Here are a few places we have visited over the past few years. Student trips are subsidised, and students make a contribution towards their travel and accommodation. Trips are offered in the UK and overseas.
Last year, we took our Year Two students to Whitby to write horror stories. They read their stories by candlelight in a wonderful hostel. The hostel overlooks the abbey, which inspired Bram Stoker to write Dracula.

Whitby, 2016. Click on the picture above to see a video made by students.

Final year students have visited the Harry Potter Warner Bros. studios for the past five years. Here’s a photo taken in January, 2017. From left to right are: Kelsey Vis, Olivia Impey, Elena Aldridge and Bethany Smith.

Your Modules

Students study modules adding up to 120 credits each year (60 credits per semester). In their final year, students must achieve 360 credits to reach degree status with honours. There are a mix of mandatory and optional modules from Year Two. Study skills modules and Add+Vantage modules are 10 credits each. 

Module Title (FIRST YEAR)
 Credits  Status  Semester

 

Discourse and Digital Media 30 Mand. 1
Poetry for Digital Times 20 Mand. 1
Skills for Writers 10 Mand. 1
Add+vantage 10 Mand. 2
Approaches to Literature for English 30 Mand. 2
Magazine Publishing 20 Mand. 2
Module Title (SECOND YEAR)
 Credits  Status  Semester

 

Writing Careers and Community Projects 10 Mand. 1
Language and Society 20 Mand. 1
Creating Stories for Children 20 Mand. 1
Add+Vantage 10 Mand. 1
Modernism 20 Mand. 2
The Short Story Workshop 20 Mand. 2
Stylistics 20 Opt. 2
Graphic Storytelling 20 Opt. 2
Video Game Narratives 20 Opt. 2
Module Title (OPTIONAL YEAR THREE)
 Credits

 

 Status  Semester

 

Placement Year module none Opt. 1 & 2
Study Abroad Year module none Opt. 1 & 2
Module Title (FINAL YEAR)
 Credits  Status  Semester

 

Employability for Writers 10 Mand. 1
Screenwriting and Video Production 20 Mand. 1
Speculative Fiction 20 Opt. 1
Planning your Novel 20 Opt. 1
Add+Vantage 10 Mand. 1
Writing for the Theatre and Radio 20 Mand. 2
Utopias & Dystopias 20 Opt. 2
Writing Nonfiction Narratives 20 Opt. 2
English Dissertation 40 Opt. 2
Creative Dissertation 40 Opt. 2

For information on Add+Vantage modules, please click here

For details of other acceptable qualifications, please visit: www.coventry.ac.uk/qualifications

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