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BA (Hons) Creative Writing and History

Explore the relationships between creative writing and historical change across a wide range of modules offered by our History&Politics and English departments. The joint degree is the prefect combination for students wanting do creative practice, learn to write historical fiction, and gain cutting edge research knowledge about the past. In addition to creative writing training and history modules, the programme links the student to museums,galleries and creative spaces located in the city.  The department teaching team include world recognized writers and historians, including the prize winning Penguin novelist of Unexploded, Professor Alison MacLeod. 

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Abigail Alder
There were so many things I loved about the University of Chichester, but mainly the person I became and about how happy the place made me. It was a second home for me.

Course content

Qualify with a degree that gives you skills in creative writing alongside historical analysis, critical debate, and research. Students take 50% of their degree on modules that focus on creative writing theory and practice and 50% on history modules that range from medieval history to contemporary history of the twenty first century. The combination means that writers gain access to research skills and informed historical knowledge.

Typical study will include:

Level 4 (Year One)

  • The Crusades
  • The Tudors
  • First World War Homefront
  • Modern European History
  • Introduction to Writing
  • Poetry, Prose and Life Writing
  • Literary Criticism and history

Level 5 (Year Two)

  • Historical research methods
  • Medieval ideas and theologies
  • Witchcraft
  • Nineteenth Century British and World history
  • Colonial and Decolonization histories
  • Postwar Britain: from the 1950s to 1990s
  • Writing for Radio Drama
  • Writing for Stage
  • Children's Fiction

Level 6 (Year Three)

  • Dissertation in Creative Writing or History
  • Apartheid
  • Dictators and Resistance
  • British Cultural History
  • Death (Historical attitudes)
  • Early Modern Shopping and Trade
  • Graphic novels and history representation
  • New York
  • Globalization and its Enemies
  • Writing the Novel
  • Writing the Short Story
  • Screenwriting
  • Advanced Poetry
  • Flash Fiction
  • Fantasy and Science Fiction

Our facilities

Our facilities content

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best facilities available for your degree. We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students. We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research. A range of study areas for group and quiet study including Wi-Fi areas for laptop use are available, or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.

Our Learning Resource Centre is the hub of the learning environment. It has two upper floors of library resources, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Centre, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources. It also offers:

  • 130 open access PC workstations
  • 45 Apple iMacs
  • Ample printing facilities
  • Netbooks available on loan
  • Professional editing suites
  • Media loans counter
  • Wi-Fi and plug points throughout

Where this can take you

The advantage of this interdisciplinary course is the range of career and research opportunities it opens up, from cultural events management to future academic study (via MA and PhD), from teaching (via a PGCE route) to heritage work. Graduates from the University of Chichester have succeeded in a range of careers and research roles, from research librarian to MA and PhD studies. We offer a supportive environment to ensure your future success.

Work placements

We offer placement modules so that you can gain vital experience in the workplace. You will be able to work closely with local institutions that are also engaged with questions of literature, culture and history, including New Park Cinema, The Festival Theatre, and Pallant House Art Gallery. The city of Chichester, with its rich history and literary culture, is a perfect place to enhance your knowledge of our cultural past and present.

Teaching and assessment

The range of assessments includes: essay; textual analysis; seminar presentation (group or individual); commentary; collaborative project work; portfolio; dissertation and manuscript.

Modules are assessed at every stage of the course, offering cumulative assessment of your progress. Your academic advisor and lecturers are available for advice throughout your degree.

Additional Costs

As a University of Chichester student you will be provided with many things to support you but there may be additional costs which you may encounter whilst studying. The information below will help you understand our provision and what else you need to budget for.

What you can expect from us

All of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of support and services:

Materials for laboratory and field-based teaching activity;
A range of student services – advisors, help desks, counsellors, placement support and careers service;
The general Library services are free for students and our e-resources are available wherever you are.  However, you may become liable for fines if you don't return items on time;
Open access IT spaces, wi-fi across the campuses and in the halls of residence, AV equipment to borrow;

Access to support from our Careers Service;
Disability and additional learning support;
The Language Centre to help you develop/improve foreign or English language skills;
24 hours a day security team.

Costs of living and other expenses you may need to consider:

Accommodation and living costs;
Text books (but do remember that our library is stocked with a large range of text books for all courses, as well as online resources such as industry journals, free of charge);
General stationery and other supplies such as presentation materials;
Photocopying and printing (note: a hard copy of each assessment to be submitted is required);
The library is charged for the Inter Library Loans service - we pass this cost on directly to our customers;
Travel to, from and between campuses (note that the U7 and Number 50 bus services offer a subsided travel rate);
Sport membership: check out our student membership packages, sports events, varsity teams, information about our new facilities and more on the Sport webpages;
Dance / Theatre passes – these provide discounted entry to a range of performances;
Field Trips / Educational Visits – these are optional and do not have to be undertaken to complete the programme. Students make a contribution towards the cost (e.g. travel, sometimes accommodation);
If you require a Diagnostic Assessment for a Specific Learning Difficulty such as Dyslexia, the University may be able to assist you arrange this. You will be required to pay for this assessment, although some financial assistance may be possible from the University Hardship Fund. Further information is available from the Disability and Dyslexia Service. For more information, please go to http://www.chi.ac.uk/study-us-0/student-services/disability-specific-lea...
Graduation: It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Graduands must wear academic dress. Academic dress, guest tickets and photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Repeat Units

If you need to repeat one or more units during the course of your studies, you may be required to pay an additional fee of £1,500 per 20 credit unit.

Financial help available from the University

We offer a number of scholarships and bursaries to students who are beginning their studies at Chichester. Our website also provides details on living costs, budgeting and paying your tuition fees.

 

Codes

UCAS code: 
VW18
College Code: 
C58

Course length

3 Years
Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels (or combination with AS / E.P. / BTEC): 96 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points including History, English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, Creative Writing or Drama at grade B or C.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass with 12 level 3 credits worth of English units at Merit

International Baccalaureate: 28 points with English Higher at 4.