|Tuition fee type||Cost (per annum)|
|Full time home/EU tuition fee:||£9,250 per annum*|
|Full time international tuition fee:||£13,250 per annum*|
|Full-time industrial placement year fee:||£1,850 per annum*|
*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.
About your course
The BA (Hons) English Literature and Creative Writing at Liverpool John Moores University is designed to develop your writing skills with professional guidance and peer support from practicing writers, publishers and agents.
- Professional guidance and peer review to help you develop your work to publishable standard
- Regular literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work
- Three-day residential writers' retreat at a country house in rural Wales
- Our acclaimed Writer at Work module provides an opportunity for you to pursue a work-based project
Creative Writing is simply the best way to get your writing fired up. You’ll meet loads of other people with the same aspirations and once you’ve been taught the basics you’re left to develop your ideas in workshops and edit your work as if you were a professional writer.
Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience.
This course offers several work-related learning options to help you develop professional and transferable skills. At Level 5, you have the opportunity to spend at least one month on a work placement in the United States after undertaking a specially designed module to help you prepare for it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get invaluable work experience in a different culture and could even lead to employment once you graduate.
Past students have worked for the editor of Vogue, an advertising agency and a film company in New York, a Hollywood celebrity magazine, theatres on Broadway, a jazz magazine in New Orleans, an architect’s office in California and theme parks in Florida and New Jersey. Alternatively, you could opt for work experience closer to home. We can support you in finding exciting placements in areas like teaching, the media and creative industries, international development and aid organisations, the tourism and heritage industries and the charity sector.
This experience will give you the chance to try out different career options, enhance your CV and develop your skills so that by the time you graduate, you will be well equipped to negotiate your way around the competitive job market.
At Level 6, The Writer at Work module also provides an opportunity to pursue a work-based project, be it organising a poetry festival, placing an idea for a novel with an agent or planning a film production.
Support and guidance
Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support.
Together with your tutors and fellow students, you will become part of a supportive and creative writing community that continually learns from and inspires each other.
The course has a real ethos of aspiration and achievement and you will be encouraged throughout to be the very best writer that you can, with continual feedback on your work from tutors or your peers. The writers’ residential in Wales and the many readings and literary events organised by the University are particularly valuable for this reason.
Your final year is the time when you have to really refine your work and take responsibility for your own writing future and, with this in mind, you will be encouraged to use your tutors in the role of publisher, producer, script editor or agent.
From the moment you join LJMU, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be responsible for your academic and personal progress throughout the course. This kind of one-to-one support is particularly useful for discussing course-related issues or concerns you may have during your studies. You will also receive regular feedback and guidance from your course tutors.
Through the extensive study of authors as wide ranging as Shakespeare, Toni Morrison and Charlie Chaplin, coupled with the analysis of other literary and non-literary texts, this BA (Hons) course in English and Creative Writing gives you an insight into the craftsmanship required to become a published poet, novelist, screenwriter or short story writer.
Towards the end of your course, you will specialise in a chosen genre and get a feel for the life of a professional writer by writing independently but with guidance from tutors and the support of peers to help you review and refine your work.
A residential writers' retreat in rural Wales also gives you a chance to perfect your skills and we host a number of literary events, readings, screenings and open mic nights to showcase your work at Liverpool arts venues such as FACT, The Everyman and Tate Liverpool.
Broadly speaking, you will spend a third of your time in formal study, a third reading, and a third writing or completing assessments and private study. The programme is constantly updated, which is why we have supplied only a sample of modules you may study below.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
- Literary & Cultural Theory
- Literature in Context: Britain in the 1950s
- Reading English
- Introduction to Writing
- Introduction to Screenwriting
- Consuming Passions
- Digital Writing
The following options are typically offered:
- Adolescence & Writing
- American Spaces
- Body, Mind and Soul: Seventeenth Century Literature & Culture
- Cultures of Childhood
- Modernism & Modernity
- Poetry Matters
- Postcolonial Writing: Power, Art and Protest
- Prison Voices: Crime, Conviction and Confession c. 1700-1900
- Romanticism: Revolution, Reaction, and Representation
- Work Experience Modules, including Working in the USA and International Experience
The following options are typically offered:
- Poetry Writing Workshops
- Prose Fiction Workshops
- Screen Story: Structure and Short Film Writing
- Screenplay and Treatment
- Fantastic Worlds
- Approaching your Novel
The following options are typically offered:
- Genres of Travel
- Locating Madness
- Our House: Representing Domestic Space
- Post-Millennial British Fiction
- Race in America
- Remembering and Forgetting: Slaves, Soldiers, Suffragettes
- Representing Masculinities
- Terrorism and Modern Literature
- Tales of the Market: Capitalism & Critique
- Transitions: Identities in the Interwar Years
- Vamps & Villains: Exploring Gothic Fiction, 1839-2005
The following options are typically offered:
- Advanced Poetry Writing
- Prose Portfolio
- Advanced Screenwriting
- Screenplay Portfolio
- The Writer at Work
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.Programme specification document (PDF)
Teaching and learning
Excellent facilities and learning resources.
Teaching is delivered via a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, peer presentations and film screenings. You can also join online groups so that you can further discuss ideas and issues that arise in the classroom.
Expert tuition and support.
Your tutors are actively engaged in research and publish widely. In fact many of them are critically acclaimed writers and authors.
English Literature tutors include:
- Professor Joe Moran, The Guardian and Financial Times columnist and writer of several books on British everyday life
- Dr Alice Ferrebe, author of Masculinity in the Male-Authored Novel 1950-2000
- Dr Gerry Smyth, author of Novel and the Nation, Noisy Island: A Short History of Irish Popular Music.
Creative Writing tutors include:
- novelist and short story writer, Jim Friel
- award-winning film-maker, John Maxwell
- prizewinning poet, Sarah Maclennan
- novelist, screenwriter and songwriter, Dr Dave Jackson
Teaching is supported by visiting lectures from eminent writers such as Jimmy McGovern, Mo Hayder, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Jackie Kay, Niall Griffiths, Jane Rogers and Sean O'Brien. The team is friendly, enthusiastic and strongly committed to its students.
Assessment and feedback
Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose, usually a combination of exams and coursework.
We believe that all students perform differently depending on how they are assessed, which is why we use a combination of assessment methods.
All assessment in Creative Writing is by coursework and includes a creative portfolio (about 50% of the marks), plus class contributions, essays, treatments, pitches, learning logs, journals, peer critique, projects, commentaries, group work and presentations.
You will normally be given two or three different assessment tasks per module. Once you reach your final year, your creative work or project will account for 75% of the course, and the remaining 25% will take the form of a plan or commentary.
In English Literature, assessments include essays, analytical exercises, portfolios of written work, an optional dissertation, peer presentations and formal exams. In your final year, you can even choose whether you want to be assessed by exam or written essay in some modules.
Throughout your course you will be given regular constructive feedback but for assessments we aim to give you this within 21 days of submitting a piece of work. You will have opportunities to discuss feedback with your personal tutor and course lecturers; this is particularly useful in helping you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.
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Minimum points required from qualifications
Application and selection
All applicants should possess the following essential qualities:A real enthusiasm for literature and for finding out about the societies and ideas that produce and infuse it. We'll be looking for evidence that you've read widely outside your set-texts, and are interested in writing from a range of different eras and cultures.The ability to express your own ideas and opinions in a clear and lively way.You will have a strong desire to develop your breadth and depth of reading fiction and/or poetry, and/or a strong interest in film, theatre, or radio.You will have a desire to write in different forms and genres and be open to the idea that, through reading and writing and studying the craft of writing, you can become a better writer.
GCSE and equivalents
- Prior to starting the programme applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or an approved alternative qualification below: • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English • Northern Ireland Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number • Wales Essential Skills Level 2 in Communication or Application of Number
- Minimum number of A Levels required: 2
- Subject specific requirements: Grade C in English Literature, English Language, or English Language & Literature
- Is general studies acceptable? Yes
- Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Average A Level offer: BCC
- Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20
- BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points when combined with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature grade C
- Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Extended diploma subjects / grades required: 104 UCAS points when combined with A2 English Literature, English Language or English Language & Literature grade C
Access to Higher Education Diploma
- Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Further information: At least 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits, including English at Level 3, or any other combination that equates to 104 UCAS Tariff points in a relevant subject
- International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Additional information: 24 IB Diploma Points, to include include Grade 5 in a ‘Language A’ subject at Higher Level in ‘Studies in language and literature’
- Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
- Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
- Grades / subjects required: 104 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects to include English at Grade C or above
Additional entry requirement information
Applications are welcomed from mature and non-standard applicants, who will be considered on an individual basis. These applicants may be required to submit an essay and/or attend an interview, and should demonstrate potential and motivation and/or have relevant experience.
International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.
Mature and non-standard applicants may be invited to attend interviewIELTS
6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each component)Can this course be deferred?
YesIs a DBS check required?
NoIs RPL accepted on this programme? International requirements
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
Finance and fees
Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.
Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).
LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.
The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.
LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.
In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).
*Subject to parliamentary approval.
The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.
You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.
You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.
For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to:
LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:
- safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
- uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
- UK field trips and other educational visits
- student exchanges
- DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
- Professional sector regulatory body membership
** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
Living expenses (maintenance) loan
In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.
The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.
The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.
For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance
Paying back your student loans
You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.
*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.
This BA (Hons) programme in English Literature and Creative Writing has a natural vocational slant and our graduates' excellent analytical, communication and creative skills have ensured them positions in a wide variety of careers, including advertising, marketing, museums, arts administration and publishing.
Other graduates have secured positions in sectors such as industrial, retail, leisure and charitable organisation management, educational administration, accountancy, the social and Civil Services and teaching.
Many graduates have gone on to have work published but you should be aware that professional authorship is often a second career.
In the last three years, 75% of our students have graduated with a 2:1 or first class degree.
All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.
The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.
Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.
LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.
For details on application processes and eligibility criteria, go to: www.ljmu.ac.uk/scholarships
International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes
LJMU offers international students the option of completing International Foundation Year and International Year One programmes at the University’s International Study Centre. These courses are managed and taught by Study Group, a world leader in education and training for international students. For more details on the International Study Centre, go to www.ljmuisc.com/
English language qualifications
All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.
This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.
For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.
To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.
|Type of Programme||IELTS||Pearson|
|International Foundation Programme||4.5||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
|Undergraduate degrees||6.0||50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)|
English language support to improve IELTS
If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Tuition fee deposits
International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.
When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.
In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.
We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.
Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)
If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.
You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/
Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.
Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.
Your visa application
As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.
Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:
- A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
- Evidence of financial support for the programme
- Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
- All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
- A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes