Strode College

FdA English with Creative Writing

Consistently beating the national average with our results, you’ll also enjoy the newest technology and specialist equipment in your studies at Strode. We’ve invested over £12 million in our facilities, after all. Our partnership with the University of Plymouth commenced in 2006.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Introduction to English and Creative Practice (STRO1201)

      This module introduces three strands of the course: the study of English literature, language and the production of creative writing. It provides an overview of the historic development of English language and literature and introduces the conventions of academic writing, the processes of critical analysis and the scope of creative writing. It introduces study skills, creative workshopping and research methodologies.

    • English in the Age of Renaissance (STRO1204)

      This module will explore English Renaissance poetry and drama. It will promote awareness of contextual issues. Students will reflect critically on key texts, with particular consideration of their historical and literary context. It will include study of the language and concepts of the King James Bible and its impact on the development of English language and literature.

    • Vocational English (STRO1206)

      This module will include work related learning to extend students appreciation of the vocational aspects of English and Creative Writing. Settings could include local theatres, literary heritage sites, publishers, literary festivals, libraries, bookshops. Students will produce a practitioner profile, a portfolio of work and a journal archive (either a blog or a physical record) reflecting on their experiences.

    • The Origins of Written English (STRO1207)

      This module explores the development of English literature and language.  It will introduce Old English and Medieval texts including Anglo-Saxon poetry in translation; writers such as Chaucer and Malory and the local oral tradition of Somerset legends.  Students will apply skills of critical analysis and demonstrate their understanding of poetic form in creative responses and develop their research skills. 

    • Classical Literature (STRO1208)

      This module will provide students with knowledge and understanding of classical literature and philosophy. It will explore aspects of Ancient Greek and Roman poetry, drama and aesthetic philosophy. Students will undertake independent research, engage critically and creatively with classical texts. 

    • Empire and Exploration (STRO1209)

      This module will explore the development of English literature and language in the 17th and early 18th century, including awareness of the global perspective of English writers of the time. It will introduce the emerging novel and journal forms. It will include study of the changing English language as a result of empire building and the new consciousness surrounding the English language and English identity.     

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • The Development of the Novel (STRO2201)

      This module will promote understanding of the development of narrative fiction and literary criticism in the 18th century, touching on the influence of prescriptivism during this period. It will look at the genesis of the bildungsroman, epistolary and experimental forms of narrative.

    • Women's Voices (STRO2203)

      This module will study explore the development of writing by women in English. Students will engage in close study of key texts and undertake wider exploration of issues of gender and language with a focus on, but not restricted to, the Victorian era.

    • Children's Literature (STRO2204)

      This creative module will provide an opportunity for students to produce original work for children or young adults, with a choice between fictional and non-fictional output. It will provide an overview of the development of children's literature; consider what constitutes children's literature and the function of children's literature as well as the language and structure of children's literature.

    • Modern Global Englishes (STRO2205)

      This module will promote awareness of English as a global language and the proliferation of different Englishes. It will encourage wide reading of English literatures from across the world and reflections on what is truly meant by the label of English Literatures. Students will study theories of Post-colonialism and apply them to a range of texts. It will also consider the linguistic variations in English worldwide.

    • Revolution and Romanticism (STRO2207)

      This module will explore the development of Romanticism, considering the impact of social change on English Literature.  A focus of the module will be the inspiration of the Somerset land and seascapes, and students will be creatively encouraged to experiment with speech writing.  

    • Literature in a Digital Age (STRO2208)

      This module will explore the impact of film, television, radio and the internet on English language and literature.  Students will critically analyse the language of a range of traditional and contemporary media and engage in writing creatively in a current digital form.    

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with Strode College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Please contact Strode College to apply for this course:

Strode College
Church Road 
BA16 0AB

Tel: +441458844400

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Strode College

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