BA (Hons) Social & Cultural History & Creative Writing

Course details

  • UCAS CodeSW19
  • Year of entry 2022
  • Duration 3 YRS (FT) 6 YRS (PT)
  • UCAS Tariff 80-112
  • Institution Code G53
  • Location Wrexham
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Course Highlights


for work experience


your research, analysis, interpretation, communication and presentation skills

1st in the UK

for overall satisfaction (Complete University Guide 2022)*

Why choose this course?

Combine the practical mechanics of writing with a solid underpinning of historical knowledge and context.

You will:

  • *study a course which is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022
  • learn how to write poetry, prose and for radio and screen for both children and adults 
  • learn about publishing requirements and market need so you’ll know how the literary industry works and what’s needed to satisfy editors
  • be able to perfect your writing skills alongside the investigative skills of a historian, studying diverse topics from a wide range of historical periods, developing key skills such as research, analysis and communication
  • benefit from a completely supportive study environment with a team of lecturers who have close links to the writing world

Key course features

  • Incorporate wide-ranging historical study into your writing.
  • Work experience opportunities for history students.
  • Visit aristocratic houses and other sites of historical interest for the purposes of historical research and, for writing students, period inspiration.
  • Develop your research, analysis, interpretation, communication and presentation skills.
  • *This course is part of a subject area rated first in the UK for student satisfaction in the Sociology subject league tables, Complete University Guide 2022.

What you will study


Year 1 introduces students to a range of writing skills and genres. In addition, the history element encourages students to differentiate between fact and fiction.



  • Introducing Historical research
  • The Roman Empire
  • Personal, Professional and Academic Skills
  • Crime and Popular Culture in Victorian Britain
  • National Identity in Europe 1860-1945


  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Introduction to Writing for Children


Year 2 builds upon the investigate skills of the historian and the writer’s imaginative reconstruction of time and place.



  • The British in America, 1607-1783
  • Life in Tudor England and Wales
  • The Georgian Age
  • Culture and Belief in Renaissance Europe
  • Research Methods in Humanities
  • History in the Workplace


  • Writing Historical Fiction
  • Creative Writing for Adults
  • Writing Crime Fiction and Thrillers


Year 3 consolidates previous study and encourages advanced analysis of historical fact and fiction.



  • Rise of a New Society
  • Nineteenth Century Wales
  • Revolution and Readjustment in England and Wales 1625-1690
  • American Frontiers in the Nineteenth Century
  • Dissertation


  • Writing for Children: Extended Practice
  • Extended Project


The information listed in this section is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal academic framework review, so may be subject to change.

Entry requirements & applying

The academic requirements for the course are 80-112 UCAS tariff points at GCE A-level or equivalent, preferably with History at A-level. Appropriate AS-Level and Level 3 Key Skills qualifications will also be taken into account.

Access Courses (whether Humanities or Social Studies) can act as an alternative route into Higher Education.
Where candidates lack the necessary formal qualifications, interviews will normally be offered.

Teaching & Assessment

Our History and Creative Writing Degree employs a wide range of assessment methods, which include:

  • Essays
  • Exams
  • Oral Presentations
  • Reflective Journals
  • Portfolios

Teaching and learning

Formal scheduled contact time is 12 hours per week - although this can vary depending on the nature of the modules undertaken (for example the work placement module in year two places more emphasis on workplace attendance).

Lectures are delivered by highly qualified staff who employ a range of electronic and hard-copy sources to inform sessions and encourage participation.

Field trips are staff-led and, for non-local visits, transport is provided.

In addition, staff are available outside scheduled teaching hours to discuss any problems or issues students may have. Our students are able to benefit from the Disability support and general learning support offered on-site.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University is committed to supporting our students to maximise their academic potential.

We offer workshops and support sessions in areas such as academic writing, effective note-making and preparing for assignments. Students can book appointments with academic skills tutors dedicated to helping deal with the practicalities of university work. Our student support section has more information on the help available.

In terms of particular needs, the University’s Inclusion Services can provide appropriate guidance and support should any students require reasonable adjustments to be made because of a recognised prevailing disability, medical condition, or specific learning difference.

Career prospects

Our Careers & Employability service is there to help you make decisions and plan the next steps towards a bright future. From finding work or further study to working out your interests, skills and aspirations, they can provide you with the expert information, advice and guidance you need.

The analytical and intellectual elements of a history and creative writing degree suit a wide range of occupations. Past students have become:

  • Teachers
  • Published Authors
  • Performance Poets
  • Editors
  • Historical Researchers
  • Heritage Managers
  • Museum Curators
  • Record Keepers
  • Archive Managers
  • Custodians of Historical Buildings
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Academics

Fees & funding

You do not have to pay your tuition fees upfront.

Wrexham Glyndŵr University’s tuition fees for 2022/23 for a full-time undergraduate degree course are £9000 per year.

The fees you pay and the support available will depend on a number of different factors. Full information can be found on our fees & finance pages.


Programme specification

You can see the full programme specification here.


If you’re looking for a place to stay while you study then take a look at our accommodation pages to get more information on your options, including our on-campus halls of residence Wrexham Village.


If you are applying as an European / International Student, and live outside of the UK, you should make your application through our online application system, Centurus.

For information about the university’s entry requirements for EU/international students, please visit our international section

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