Creative and Professional Writing specialist course combines the practice of writing for different audiences and in different contexts and genres with the development of a reflective and critical understanding of writing. It is one of the only courses in the country to combine creative and professional writing, giving it a real emphasis on employability. The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media. Student writing, both in the classroom and in individual conferences, is the heartbeat of this specialist course. You will create, analyse and interpret different forms and styles of writing, focusing on three broad themes: craft of writing; reading as a writer; and working as a writer. In all your creative and professional writing modules, you can expect to spend time exploring theory and technique, reading the work of established writers, experimenting through writing exercises and producing your own original pieces. You’ll be taught by published writers whose books cover a wide range of creative, professional and critical disciplines, we also invite special visiting lecturers from the world of publishing as well as internationally renowned authors.