Writing and English Literature- BA (Hons)

You’ll also find out how English literature is shaped by its historical and cultural context, and how, in turn, it influences individual readers and the whole of society. You’ll also learn about many other subjects, including history, politics, religion, psychology and history of art, which will enrich your writing.

You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students.

Course details

Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You can tailor your Writing and English Literature degree to your ideal career with our wide range of optional modules, including work-based modules in Years 2 and 3. We’ll support you to find work placements relevant to your chosen career. You can also take an optional placement year.

You’ll also have the option to learn a language with our Anglia Language Programme in Years 2 and 3, and/or study abroad for a semester and apply for funding to help cover the cost.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent). 3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above. If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 7.0 ( Academic level), or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University. You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature students go on to successful careers in a variety of fields, including journalism, teaching, writing, television, radio, the music industry, gallery work and arts administration. The literacy, creativity, problem-solving, research, analysis and communication skills our Writing and English Literature students gain are highly valued by employers. You’ll also learn to work well independently and as part of a team. You could also learn more, develop a specialism or start an exciting career in research with our Masters degrees in English Literature or Creative Writing. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


You’ll show your progress through many methods, reflecting the varied nature of your course. These will include writing portfolios, critical commentaries, presentations, journals and log books, critical essays, film reviews and analyses, internet, print and video production, and commissions. You’ll also take part in ‘crits’, in which you’ll present and defend your work.

  • A History of English Literature 1: Writing Matters
  • A History of English Literature 2: Reading Literature and Theory
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing
  • Screenwriting: The Short Film
  • Fundamentals of Publishing
  • Writing Short Fiction
  • Romantic Conflicts
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Writing for the Stage
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Reading Beyond Britain
  • Writing World War One: Trauma, Memory, Resistance
  • Science Fiction
  • Contemporary Issues in Stylistics
  • The European Novel: Desire and Transgression
  • Modernism and the City
  • History of English
  • Dialogue and Debate: Renaissance Literature
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Careers in Writing: Editing and Copywriting
  • Writing Creative Non-Fiction
  • Writing Poetry
  • Contemporary Fiction

Optional modules

  • Major Project Writing
  • Major Project English Literature
  • Elizabeth Gaskell and the Brontës
  • Renaissance Magic
  • Spectacle and Representation in Renaissance Drama
  • Careers with English
  • Romantic Ideals
  • New Media Discourse
  • Literature and Exile: Displacement, Identity, Self
  • Film Journalism
  • Theorising Children’s Literature
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Worldbuilding 1 and 2
  • Publishing in Practice
  • The Business of Being a Writer: Craft and Professional Practice
  • Novel Writing: Long-Form Prose