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Our graduates from this subject area are highly valued by employers for their problem solving and exceptional communication skills.

The key to an English or Creative Writing degree is communication, and at Chichester we focus on your abilities in written and spoken expression through:

  • group work and group presentations
  • opportunities to develop your self- managed research projects
  • developing your skills in critical analysis

As well as an extensive programme on language and engaging courses that explore the diversity of literature, we offer a year three course in Professional Writing. With its focus on transferable and employability skills, this module will allow you to gain a sound knowledge of the functions of written communication appropriate to a range of professional environments.

You will also have the opportunity to take our Workplace Module. This allows you to gain experience in, for example, a workplace such as a local newspaper or as a writer-inresidence.

You will then use the skills you have learnt on your course in order to reflect critically on the world of work. We run a series of competitive, paid internships for graduates.

We’ve had internships at Penguin, Myriad Editions, Chawton House Library (a research centre for 18th century women’s writing), and the international journal Short Fiction in Theory and Practice. 

Jobs directly related to your degree:

  • Publishing - editorial assistants help senior editorial staff in the administration of the commissioning, planning and production of books, journals and magazines. This role is a recognised starting point for editorial and publishing careers.
  • Writer - involved in the creation and/or development of all types of creative writing, including prose, poetry and material for the theatre, screen and radio and reviews.
  • Primary school teacher - teaches primary-aged children and develops schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives.
  • Secondary school teacher - teaches one or more national curriculum subjects to pupils aged 11-16, or up to 19 in schools with sixth forms.
  • English as a foreign language teacher - teaches English, either in the UK or overseas, to students whose first or main language is not English.
  • Lexicographer - writes, compiles and edits dictionaries. Monitors and records uses of language and uses databases to interrogate a wide range of evidence. Considers both the meaning and usages of words and compiles definitions in a structured manner.

Jobs where your degree would be useful:

  • Newspaper journalist - researches and writes stories for publication in local, regional and national press
  • Advertising account executive - works in advertising or multi-service agencies, acting as a link between the clients and the agency. Has overall responsibility for the smooth running of a campaign, coordinating the activities of the advertising and administrative teams.
  • Advertising copywriter - usually works in a creative partnership with an art director to conceive, develop and produce effective advertisements.
  • Arts administrator - plans and organises events run by a wide range of arts and cultural organisations.
  • Academic librarian, information officer, records manager - responsible for the acquisition, organisation and dissemination of information and materials within the library system or information unit.
  • Charity officer - has responsibility for aspects of marketing, public relations, organising events and finance within charitable organisations.
  • Marketing executive - develops marketing campaigns that promote a product, service or idea. The role includes planning, advertising, public relations, organising events, product development, distribution, sponsorship and research.
  • Programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video - provides support to the producer and production team. Contributes ideas for programmes, sources contacts and contributors and collects, verifies and prepares information for film, television and radio productions.
  • Public relations officer - uses all forms of media and communication to build, maintain and manage the reputation of companies and organisations.
  • Runner, broadcasting/film/video - fetches, carries and does any small jobs needed for the production department of a film, video or television company. This is an entry-level role.