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Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) (R14-CW) BA (Hons)
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Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 570 graduates of Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) (R14-CW) BA (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
88 /100
570 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in humanities (non-specific)

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £28000 £21000 £23000
25-75 percentile range £22000 - £40000 £11500 - £29500 £12000 - £33500

Salary of all UK Graduates of humanities (non-specific)

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £21615 £18336 £21181
25-75 percentile range £17189 - £26378 £11940 - £24106 £13773 - £28101

Course Description

From poetry to string quartets, and from sculpture to short stories, the extraordinary range of human culture offers rich possibilities for study. This broad and absorbing course develops a deep understanding of the world we live in and how we got here, covering a fascinating variety of perspectives, periods and subjects – including art history, classical studies, creative writing, English language, English literature, history, modern languages, music, philosophy, and religious studies. You'll learn from the OU’s world-class academic research, through high quality module materials and engage with fellow students from around the world.

Key features of the course

  • Study a wide variety of subjects with the opportunity to specialise in one or two disciplines to tailor the degree to your interests or needs

  • Explore new ways of thinking about the arts and humanities and their relevance in contemporary societies and cultures

  • Develop a range of skills, including effective communication, critical thinking, analysis and self-directed work

  • Enrich your knowledge, prepare yourself for further study, or improve your employability in a range of careers

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) (R14-CW) BA (Hons) at The Open University

15% Teaching Professionals
10% Caring personal services
10% Business and public service associate professionals
10% Nursing Professionals
5% Administrative occupations
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Managers, directors and senior officials
5% Engineering professionals
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Other Educational Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Arts and Humanities (Creative Writing) (R14-CW), BA (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

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About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

Student composition of The Open University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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Where is this programme taught

Distance Learning
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