Foundation Year BA (Hons)

English Language and Creative Writing with Foundation Year

Salford School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology

Attendance

Full-time

Course

Four year

Next enrolment

September 2020

Introduction

In a nutshell

Are you passionate about the study of English and ambitious to apply your knowledge of the subject to innovative creative writing practice? If so, our English language and creative writing degree will provide you with the skills you need to transform yourself into the professional writer you’ve always wanted to be.

Designed to cover a wide range of genres, historical periods and styles, this course will allow you to engage with the political, cultural and social ideas you need to develop your own imaginative work. You’ll explore the structure and evolution of language in relation to your own creative writing, mastering the tools and techniques required to break new ground and establish yourself as a professional writer.

In today’s competitive job market, employers in the creative industries are increasingly looking for candidates who are not only talented writers, but who also possess strong communication and organisational skills. With a degree in English language and creative writing, you’ll not only be nurturing your flair for the written word, but also developing highly versatile skillsets that provide instant value in the professional workplace.

You will:
  • Join a close community of award-winning professional writers who are experts in their fields
  • Develop a wide range of skills through masterclasses with writers, literary agents, publishers, commissioners and directors
  • Pursue your own interests in the study of English language and creative writing
  • Be equipped with all the skills and knowledge needed to establish yourself as a creative professional

Want to get an insight into what it’s like to study for an English language and creative writing course? Why not sign up to our upcoming Open Day?

If you have any general questions in the meantime, you can contact course enquiries or explore all of our English courses.

Placement

options available

This is for you if...

1.

You would like to take your creative writing skills to the next level by understanding how language works.

2.

You have a clear and demonstrable passion for the written word.

3.

You want to establish yourself as a professional writer with a variety of transferable skills, ideal for a range of career paths.

Course details

All about the course

Throughout this English language and creative writing course you’ll be learning about the relationship between the structure of language and the written word. You will graduate as a confident specialist in the workings of language, with a particular focus on English. What’s more, you’ll also become proficient in being able to present your work to a professional standard.

You’ll explore key elements of the English language, such as the way we understand new sentences, and the way that language is acquired and structured. These modules will be complemented by creative writing focused topics, such as creative practice modules, in which you’ll write prose and poetry, as well as modules on playwriting and children’s literature.

You can also choose to study a modern foreign language as part of your degree programme. This is an excellent opportunity to develop a broad range of skills that will further enhance your employability. Looking to gain hands-on experience in a real-world setting? This course also offers you the opportunity to complete part of your programme of study at a European partner educational institute.

Find out what you’ll be studying in each module by exploring our full course breakdown below.

Foundation year

Study and Group Work Skills

This module is designed to equip a student with an appropriate set of study skills and study habits to ensure that they will be able to transition successfully to their chosen route of academic study for a university undergraduate programme.

Reading Management Skills

This module will help students to develop the reading skills necessary to undertake successfully the sophisticated reading demands of a university undergraduate programme.

Language and Communication

This module will introduce students to the academic study of language and its relationship to communication across various media. Learners will be encouraged to take an interest in texts of all types and to develop a curiosity as to language use in various contexts. A particular focus of the module will be a detailed examination of language use in speech and writing and how audience and context play central roles in the creation, comprehension and dissemination of different text typesStudents will also be introduced to the concept of linguistic prescriptivism by considering the diversity of speakers' attitudes towards variety in language use; they will be enabled to place linguistic prescriptivism within its wider sociocultural context, not least its synergies with the issues of social class, discrimination and cultural diversity.

Introduction to Literary Theory

This module is designed to introduce a student to a range of literary theories which they will encounter as they explore the historical and critical contexts of literary history; it will provide a student with a range of theoretical tools which can be implemented for the analysis and interpretation of literary texts and will acquaint them with the types of theoretical debates which they will encounter during an undergraduate degree in English studies.

Critical Thinking Skills

This module will help students to develop a broad range of critical thinking skills which are necessary to engage successfully with the complex intellectual tasks typically encountered in a university undergraduate programme.

Year one

Foundations of Language I

This module is a basic introduction to the grammatical properties and sound patterns of English. It starts with the description of speech sounds, it moves to the study of word structure, and it ends with a description of the basic architecture of sentences in the language and develop the ability to discuss language in relation to its historical and social contexts.

Foundations of Language II

Communication is possible because languages are meaningful. This module offers a general introduction to the concepts and methods in the study of meaning and its role in human communication. You will examine how meaning is conveyed in language and how context affects the way in which sentences are understood.

Creative Practice: Observation, Imagination and Representation

You will learn to write and respond to poetry. You will learn how to write stage scripts for presentation to producers, learning the fundamentals of good dramatic writing.

Varieties of English

Do you think you have an accent? This module will show you that you do! Starting with an investigation of the difference between an accent and a dialect, you will examine the structure of a number of different varieties of English and will consider how these fit into the wider study of English Language.

Working the Text

You will learn to learn to write and respond to memoir and short fiction. You will learn the basics of creating story, convincing characters, setting and effective dialogue.

Language Through Literature

You will be introduced to the social and cultural history of the English language and explore the ways in which linguistic theories can inform textual interpretation. You will examine historical and ongoing changes in the uses of English words and develop the ability to discuss language in relation to its historical and social contexts.

Year two - You will choose from the below modules:

Sounds of English

The sound system of English is organised by subconscious principles that shape the content of speech sounds and their patterns of occurrence. This module introduces you to the sounds of speech, syllable structure and word stress in English. You will learn how to describe and classify consonants and vowels, transcribe speech sounds, and identify and analyse syllable structure and word stress.

Structure of English

Starting from an investigation of a wide range of grammatical phenomena and constructions in modern standard English, you will develop a firm grounding in the analysis of the structure of English sentences. You will learn how to analyse and think critically about data, how to formulate rules and hypotheses, and how to test them.

Language Acquisition

Children master the basics of their first language without formal instruction from a very early age. How do they do it? What exactly do they learn? What stages do they go through? You will examine the answers to questions like these by studying the cognitive mechanisms behind the acquisition process.

Truth and Meaning

How can we understand the meaning of sentences we have never heard before? You will examine the role that truth plays in the study of meaning, and learn how to analyse the meaning of English words and sentences. The module will also prepare you to seek answers to further questions about meaning in English.

History and Diversity in English

You will be introduced to key periods in the history of the English language and characteristic features of the language in these periods. You will explore language change with reference to the different levels of language and regional variation and change in English dialects.

Key Concepts and Skills in TESOL

This module introduces you to key concepts underlying TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) methodology. You will become familiar with the basic approaches, materials and procedures and the principles of lesson planning and classroom management.

Corpus Approaches to Language

The British National Corpus is a vast collection of over 4,000 English texts, providing a unique record of contemporary spoken and written English. In this module you will gain hands-on experience in using this and other computer-based corpora of English to answer questions about language structure and use.

Attitudes to English

This module will trace the origins and development of prescriptive attitudes and linguistic insecurity, and the extent to which these ideas are relevant to contemporary users of English. Topics include received pronunciation, grammar and ‘morality’, and politically correct language.

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

Theatre Industry: Critical Writing and Contemporary Debates

This module introduces you to various forms of professional writing, and current debates in theatre and the arts industry today. You will review shows, write articles or blogs on current trends in theatre, and discuss the issues that interest you most in a series of panel discussions.

Writing Poetry in the 21st Century

This module revisits some traditional forms. The first part of the module involves creative exploration of the Japanese ‘tanka’ (a relative of the haiku), the sonnet and the sestina and invites you to invent your own original poetic form. In the second part of the module you will encounter a range of innovative approaches to poetry: using sound, collage, found text and visual elements in your writing. The format will be largely workshop-based with writing exercises, sharing work with your tutor.

Introduction to Children’s Literature

You will look at the development of literature for children since 1744. We will learn how a child develops and how to create children’s literature, from picture books to young adult novels.

Writing Fiction: Contemporary Practice

This module will equip you with an overview of the state of contemporary fiction. You will meet a broad range of contemporary practice, from literary fiction to experimental fiction and genre fiction, including ‘chick lit’, historical fiction, crime/thrillers, science fiction, and supernatural/fantasy fiction. You will write the first chapters of a novel, and learn how to pitch and present your work to a literary agent.

Playwriting

You will learn skills of analysing and writing plays for the stage. The module covers history of playwriting, an introduction to the playwriting industry and the development of skills in areas such as concept, story, structure, characterisation and dialogue. You will have the chance to work with professional playwrights in this course and write a play for your assessment.

Reptiles of Genius

This module studies the most characteristic mode of writing in the eighteenth century: satire. It will allow you to gain an appreciation of the complexities of satire as a mode of writing: you will learn to recognise what it is, what it tries to do, and who writes satire and why. Satire was practised in a wide variety of genres, ranging from drama through poetry to fictional and non-fictional prose. These written forms will be explored, as will visual satire and how to read it.

Page to Stage: Drama Texts in Translation

You will develop a practical and theoretical understanding of a range of 20th/21st century theatre texts in translation and the ability to interpret dramatic texts, whilst fostering an understanding of the particular ideological and cultural implications of staging plays in translation.

Introduction to Screenwriting

You will examine fundamental aspects of storytelling: narrative structure, character development, character types, relation of character to plot, the use of subplots. You explore differing conceptual and technical approaches in scriptwriting for theatre, TV and film.

Year three

Final Portfolio

This is a double creative writing module that runs throughout your final year. You can undertake a self-directed project in the genre(s) of your choosing while giving and receiving feedback in a supportive workshop environment. By the end of the module you should have 6,000 words (or equivalent) of highly polished creative work.

Optional modules include:

Dissertation

A chance to explore in detail a topic of your choice in an extended piece of critical writing. You can choose to write a dissertation on English language or drama.

Language and Communication

How does communication work? In this module you will examine key aspects of communication which result from the interaction of linguistic meaning, context and principles of human cognition. You will study how language is used in context by analysing data drawn from your own experience in communication.

Northern Voices

What does it mean to be ‘northern’? Where is the north and where does it begin and end? Using both archive and contemporary recordings of northern speech, this research-based module will enable you to carry out a project on an aspect of northern identity as expressed through language in the interactional and media domains.

Contemporary Trends in the Study of Language

This is a ‘hybrid’ module that builds on concepts, theories and methods you have studied in your degree programme, further developing your knowledge of the latest research in English language and linguistic inquiry. Some of the themes you will study are the following: The relation between language and thought; language and its relation to other systems of the mind; atypical language development. You will also be introduced some of the most important theoretical debates in the study of language in the 20th and 21st century such as the contrast between Chomskyan linguistics and earlier Structuralist and Behaviourist approaches, and the contrast between formalism and functionalism.

Critical Issues in TESOL

You will develop an understanding of the global context of English language teaching and of the approaches, materials, and techniques of English language teaching to non-native speakers. You will be introduced to language learning needs analysis and develop the ability to plan and manage sequences of English language lessons.

The Language of Names

Names are all around us, and this module explores the linguistic structure, history, development and political significance of names and naming, focusing on the UK but with reference to other countries as well. You will have an opportunity to examine the names of people and places in real life and in literary and other creative contexts.

Biography: Tradition and Innovation

This module puts theory into practice as we examine the literary history of biography, consider the issues and tensions raised by the post-modern context, and explore them in our own biographical writing. Subsequent sessions will address these questions via a number of themes including the history of biography as a literary practice, historical biography, literary biography, celebrity biography through the ages, theoretical approaches to the practice of biography and innovations within the genre. The researching and writing of your own biographical work will be a key element of the classes.

Visual Text

All text is visual but both readers and critics often have difficulty sustaining their awareness of its dual nature. You are encouraged throughout to think in terms of close textual analysis and the creative decisions behind a wide variety of different types of texts. They may explore graffiti, site-specific writing – on a mountain, on the side of a building, a bill board; illustrated and illustrative writing; graphic novels; concrete and shaped text; and text-based animations. You can pursue critical or creative paths in your final submission.  

University Wide Language Programme

This module provides the opportunity to learn or develop a language with the University-wide language programme.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

What will I be doing?

TEACHING

As part of this English language and creative writing degree, your timetable will include a breakdown of your scheduled lessons with timeslots for you to explore your independent research interests.

Your classes will be based at our Peel Park campus. .

You will learn in a variety of ways when studying for this degree.

Lectures are formal teaching sessions in which one lecturer usually addresses a large group of students, from several courses.

Seminars are smaller discussions or classroom sessions focused on a particular topic or project. In these sessions, you will be able to explore ideas and issues with other students on your course.

Tutorials are personal meetings or discussions between a small group. During your tutorials you’ll be given feedback and take part in a focused discussion on a particular topic or project.

In project supervisions, you’ll meet with your supervisor to go into more depth on a piece of your work. You will receive feedback on it, enabling you to make any improvements.

Practical classes and creative writing workshops are sessions involving the development and practical application of a particular skill or technique. It will be in these sessions that you will have the chance to work on your creative writing projects.

And finally, you will take part in external visits. You will go to a location outside of your usual learning spaces, to experience a particular environment, event, or exhibition relevant to the course.

ASSESSMENT

Assessments will play an important role during your time studying with us. They will give you and your tutors an insight into how comfortable you are with the subjects you’re learning.

As part of your degree, you’ll be assessed through a combination of coursework exercises, essays and reports, group presentations, writing projects, portfolios of work and written examinations.

BE A PART OF A CREATIVE, SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY

All our English courses are delivered by the Salford School of Arts, Media, and Creative Technology. Our focus is to ensure that you have the skills you need to pursue your dreams, and we encourage our students, past and present, to collaborate with each other and achieve great things.

Each year - through the Create Awards – our School rewards the incredible achievements and successes of our final year and postgraduate students.

Whatever you choose to study with us, you’ll be mentored and supported by experts. And once you graduate, it won’t end there. You’ll join a thriving alumni network across Greater Manchester and beyond, meaning you’ll be supported professionally and personally whenever you need it.

 

Employment and stats

What about after uni?

EMPLOYMENT

English language and creative writing degrees are excellent for setting you up for a wide range of careers. We’ve seen graduates go on to enjoy careers in education, the creative industries, community arts work and freelance writing.

The English language elements of this course lend themselves to more specialist career paths, including counselling, speech and language therapy and lexicography. Sought after by employers in a wide variety of sectors and industries, our recent graduates have also pursued work in industries as diverse as journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, media, PR and communications.

FURTHER STUDY

Graduates showing strong academic and research skills can pursue a further postgraduate path throughour Postgraduate programmeson a full-time or part-time basis subject to a satisfactory proposal.

A taste of what you could become

A writer

A teacher

A journalist

A publisher

And more...

Career Links

This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers. The English Subject Group has close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:

  • The BBC and ITV
  • The International Anthony Burgess Foundation
  • The Working Class Library Museum
  • The Imperial War Museum North
  • Oxford University Press
  • The Linguistics Association of Great Britain
  • The Linguistic Society of America
  • The British Library
  • The National Library of Scotland
  • Scottish Language Dictionaries
  • The Scottish Parliament
     
Requirements

What you need to know

APPLICANT PROFILE

Are you a budding writer? Would you like to reinforce your creative abilities with an academic understanding of the English language? Do you want to build a dynamic skillset that is valued by employers? If so, our English language and creative writing course is for you.

In order to be successful on this course, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate a passion for creative writing and the written word. We’re looking for applicants who are dedicated to improving their craft, but who also have an analytical, academic mindset.

The course will enable you to not only understand all the stages of the writing process, it will also put you in the enviable position of being a writer who really understands how language works.

Please note: The entry criteria below are related to entry onto this course in the 2020/2021 academic year. If you’re interested in a future intake year, please check the course entry on UCAS.

Standard entry requirements

GCSE

English Language at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is required. Maths at grade C/level 4 or above (or equivalent) is preferred but not essential.

You must fulfil our GCSE entry requirements as well as one of the requirements listed below.

A Level

64 points. General Studies accepted.

BTEC

Diploma = MM

Extended Diploma = MPP

Access to HE

Pass Level 3 Access to HE Diploma with 64 points

Scottish Highers

64 points

Irish Leaving Cerfiticate

64 points

International Baccalaureate

24 points

European Baccalaureate

Pass Diploma with 60% overall

Alternative entry requirements

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.

There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.

How much?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2020/21 £8,250per year
Full-time home 2021/22 £8,250per year
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

Scholarships for international students 2020/21

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our international scholarships worth up to £5,000. Our international scholarships include the Salford International Excellence Scholarship.

For further information, go to International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2020

UCAS information

Course ID Q3W6

Institution S03

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