Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

UCAS code Q32W

What is special about this course?

Are you passionate about reading and interested in the study of literature, but also keen on developing your own creative writing? If so, this exciting new degree gives you the chance to do both.

You will explore literature in a global context, looking in-depth at language and literary history within texts and on the international literary stage. You will also receive a solid grounding in the creative principles, in both form and structure, of four of the main areas of creative writing: poetry, prose, playwriting and the screenplay. You will explore how these can inform and support other areas of professional writing in gaming, advertising, marketing, vlogs etc.

Taught by experienced staff from a variety of literary, creative and professional backgrounds, you will cover a wide range of authors, in English and translation, as well as theory from classic to contemporary. With a solid foundation in genres and periods in years one and two, and research-based modules in years three and four, you will become a confident and enthusiastic writer, researcher and reader.

Residentials take place twice each year and you will be required to self-fund any travel to these and cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

Special features

  • Present your own work using traditional methods as well as new technologies and publishing platforms
  • Engage with experienced staff from a variety of literary, creative and professional backgrounds
  • Take part in residentials twice a year

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade BBC or above, OR
  • 2 A levels at grade BC or above
  • Must include English at grade C or above, plus one from the list of relevant subjects
  • Applicants with other qualifications or experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You will be required to submit a portfolio of examples of creative writing (up to 3,000 words) and attend an interview (international students may be interviewed by Skype)

Access routes

Students eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP) will be able to apply for entry to BA (Hons) Literature and Creative Writing from September 2020, with grades BBC in:

  • Access to: Arts and Humanities (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Teaching (North East Scotland College)
  • Access to: Celtic Studies incorporating Primary Education with Gaelic (Newbattle Abbey College)
  • Access to: Community, Education and Humanities (Dundee & Angus College)
  • Access to: Degree Studies (Forth Valley College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Arts, Social Sciences and Primary Education) (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Fife College)
  • Access to: Humanities (Perth College UHI)
  • Access to: Languages with Business (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: Languages, Arts and Social Sciences (Edinburgh College)
  • Access to: University Study (Dundee & Angus College)
  • NQ Access to: Social Sciences (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)
  • NQ Access to: Teaching (West Lothian College)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Theories of literature
  • Introduction to creative writing skills
  • Travellers in the wilderness: literature and exile
  • Reading as a writer

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

Literature:

  • Introduction to Gaelic prose
  • Reading fiction: an introduction
  • Reading drama: an introduction
  • Reading poetry: an introduction

Creative Writing:

  • Writing for film
  • Introduction to screenplay
  • Creative project: creative journal
  • Writing poetry
  • Creative project: portfolio

Year 2 - DipHE

Literature modules may include:

  • Introduction to Gaelic poetry
  • Medieval literature: texts and contexts
  • Theatrical powerplay: classical and modern tragedy
  • Heroic literature: epic from classical to contemporary

Creative writing modules may include:

  • Writing from the north: context and criticism
  • Developing creative writing skills
  • Creative project: literary competitions
  • Writing for film: writing a screenplay
  • Creative project: peer assessment
  • Introduction to publishing or writing for children and young people

Year 3 - BA

Literature modules may include:

  • Romantic genius: Scottish and European literature, 1750-1830
  • Literary borrowings: adaptations and appropriations
  • Risk anything! The modernist short story
  • Imagining new worlds: renaissance literature and thought
  • Nature writing and ecology

Creative Writing modules may include:

  • Authors and audiences
  • Creative project: researching your writing
  • Introduction to Orkney and Shetland literature or Scottish writing or creative non-fiction
  • Writing for performance
  • Writing experience placement 
  • Creative project: writing what you know

Year 4 - BA (Hons)

You will choose either:

  • Final creative project (literary magazine/anthology) OR
  • Dissertation (literature)

You will also study one option module from your choice above, plus three option modules from the other subject.

Literature modules may include:

  • Avant-garde literature
  • Apocalyptic fictions
  • Satire: the art of attack
  • Metafiction: self-referential texts

Creative Writing modules may include:

  • Crime pays
  • Publishing practice
  • Writing in the market place
  • Social media skills for writers

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn through a combination of face-to-face and/or video conference seminars, residentials and online study via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE), with support from your tutors. There is a weekly two-hour timetabled video conference lecture for most modules which students should attend at their home campus

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 4 years @ 40 hours per week
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years @ 20 hours per week
  • Part-time (unstructured): Variable

Where can I study my course?

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Orkney College UHI
  • Shetland College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Start date

  • September 2020

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Degrees2018-192019-20*
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

*The Home-Scotland/EU fee rate is set by the Scottish Government and will be confirmed by March 2019.

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level2018-192019-20
    Full-time Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free** free**

**4th year free only for students studying full-time who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living whilst studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

  2018-19 2019-20
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £11,100 £11,650
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £5,550 £5,820
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £1,850 £1,940

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you may be interested in pursuing a career in:

  • Creative writing
  • Publishing
  • Gaming
  • Theatre
  • Museums and archives
  • Heritage sector
  • Marketing
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Teaching

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress from BA (Hons) Literature and Creative Writing to the following UHI postgraduate courses:

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