Develop as a creative and professional writer while exploring the writing that has shaped, and been shaped by, different societies by studying our BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature degree in Cambridge.
Hear graduate Sam talk about his poetry collection Retail Park, published by Querencia Press, as well as his inspirations and how our course helped him develop his work.Listen to Sam's interview
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We're the Times Higher Education (THE) University of the Year. We've also been awarded a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework – a reflection of the outstanding education we offer our students.
Join a course that scored 92% for Academic Support in the National Student Survey 2023. Explore professional writing techniques and learn to write compelling narratives whether you want to write poetry, drama, short fiction, news, features, or something else.
You’ll improve your writing skills with invaluable feedback from professional writers, and workshops with your fellow students.
You’ll 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. Your deeper understanding of literary texts will improve your abilities as a writer.
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, and you’ll have opportunities to take part in live briefs with our partner organisations. Some of our students recently worked with Slow Theatre Company, producing a series plays for their Women in Red Wiki project to increase awareness of the under-representation of women on Wikipedia.
Our course options also allow you to take a placement year as part of your course.
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.
You’ll develop many skills besides writing, including literacy, communication, research, creative thinking, self-reliance and teamwork, all of which can help you start a career in many different areas.
The impact of our English Language & Literature research achieved 'world-leading' in the Research Excellence Framework 2021.
Course Leader: Dr Colette Paul
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Jade Slaughter studied both her BA English Literature and Creative Writing MA at ARU, and is now Creative Content Manager for Scouts, the UK’s largest co-educational youth movement.Read about Jade's ARU experience
Sam graduated from our Writing and English Literature BA (Hons) in 2019, and recently published his first poetry collection, 'Retail Park'.Discover Sam's inspirations and how our course helped him develop his writing
Writing Lecturer Jon talks about poetry in the digital age and the importance of communities for creative writing.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Jon Stone
Screenwriting Lecturer Toby talks about his creative work, including BAFTA-winning Netflix horror film ‘His House’.ARU Spotlight Podcast: Toby Venables
A 60 second seminar from Professor Eugene Giddens, Skinner-Young Professor of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature at ARU
A 60 second seminar from Dr Tory Young, Principal Lecturer in English Literature at ARU
Join a course ranked 11th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024, and 7th in the UK for student satisfaction in the Complete University Guide 2023.The Guardian University Guide 2024
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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.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
You will need to dedicate time outside of your course to develop your employability, through placements, internships or volunteering or through our partner scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). You can evidence this experience on your CV and talk about it in interviews to give you that all important edge.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"Finding the confidence to send my writing out into the world was a hard step for me, but I pushed myself and I’m proud of that."Jennifer Walne
BA (Hons) Writing and English Literature studentJennifer's story
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