English is an inherently plural discipline, with some students choosing to focus on creative writing, some wishing to study literary history, and others wishing to study the English language. This course offers great flexibility through its mixture of optional and compulsory options in creative writing, literary history and the study of language, allowing you to tailor your studies to your interests. Our academic staff are recognized for their expertise in areas such as contemporary poetry and theory, playwriting, culture and communication, and literature from the 16th century to the present day. Their knowledge of these subject areas and enthusiasm for their research and teaching makes this a vibrant and supportive place for you to study, a place where you can learn the many different skills you will need, including transferrable skills for your future employment. The BA English with Creative Writing curriculum offers you the freedom to construct a course covering creative writing, literature and language within a broad range of fields and approaches, so providing a stimulating environment for your degree work. Students of creative writing will have the opportunity to study all of the major genres of creative writing (drama, poetry and prose), and will be encouraged to reflect analytically and critically on their developing practice as writers. They will also be required to undertake a major piece of creative writing as part of their dissertation in their third year. Your studies will take place in a variety of learning environments, including seminars, workshops, lectures, group work with peers, and one-to-one tutorials. Our teaching centres on a commitment to small-group teaching and all of our modules offer this component. Outside of scheduled teaching times our academic staff are available for face-to-face meetings, essay feedback and support sessions, and for meetings with their personal tutees. Students benefit from our Virtual Learning Environment (with additional learning opportunities through online quizzes, discussion boards and blogs) and library facilities, as well as other dedicated research and study environments. The University offers three separate single honours English programmes: BA Hons English; BA Hons English with Creative Writing; and BA Hons English Literature. Students on all three programmes will be given detailed academic guidance about their optional choices in each year, and will be given an opportunity to switch between awards, subject to the fulfillment of certain requirements.