The course enhances the skills of every evolving writer and linguist at your own pace and in your own way, all the while showing you how your work relates to the wider realms of literary, cultural, social and political contexts. The programme seeks to move you progressively through a structured series of writing assignments and exercises, working on all genres of writing in the first academic year alongside introductory modules on linguistics and language study. You are then able to specialise in subsequent years. It develops your own work by giving you positive critical encouragement and direction throughout. Both the Creative Writing and English Language elements of the degree allow you to work practically on your own writing but also the language of others. In the second academic year, the focus becomes more specific with modules that look at elements of different genres such as writing for children, media writing, poetry, song and play, film and TV script, discourse analysis, language and identity. In the final academic year, the modules explore the relationships between writing and the world beyond the University, looking at publishing, producing, community audiences, writing and teaching, and cognitive stylistics.