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BA Humanities and Education Joint Honours Programme

Our joint honours degree programme within the Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy, offers students the unique opportunity to combine subjects from within​ the Humanities subject areas of:​ 

The Course Content section below will provide you with an introduction to each of the subject pathways and an overview of how these subjects can be combined to graduate with a named degree. There will also be links to further in depth subject information, including the modules you may study.

Related courses:

You may also be interested in studying the single honours BA (Hons) Media and Communications

Course information on this page relates to 2021 entry.

Course Content

Depending upon the degree you apply for you will study TWO of the following subjects:​​​​​

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing modules are taught by published authors who have hands-on experience of writing for publication. The Creative Writing element of your degree will develop your thinking through textual and practical exploration, and equip you with a wide variety of writing skills and methodologies in relation to different genres (fiction, poetry, scriptwriting, non-fiction, etc.). You will be encouraged to consider textual influence and experiment with different styles. At the core of the degree is your development as a writer and the honing of skills that you can use to find jobs in a variety of creative industries such as publishing, journalism and marketing. You'll cultivate your individual voice and writing style through revision and editing, and share your writing and thinking with your fellow students in a supportive and evaluative environment. We encourage and support our students to seek publication and to develop a writing portfolio for prospective employers.

Creative Writing can be combined with the following subject to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (QW38) ​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Creative Writing web page.


The study of English engages with your enthusiasm for reading and literature, and introduces you to advanced critical thinking in the form of theoretical practice. This subject pathway combines a thematic and chronological approach to English literature and considers the teaching of English with various age groups. Our emphasis on your own research enables you to develop your interests in the discipline.

English can be combined with the following subjects to graduate with one of the following named degrees:

  • ​BA (Hons) English & Media (QP33)
  • BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing (QW38)

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our English web page.


This part of the degree combines theoretical analysis of media, such as film, TV and digital media with practical skills in digital media, media writing and journalism. Particular focus is given to 'specialist journalism', such as film, music, fashion and sport journalism. You will be taught by academic staff who are current industry-based practitioners and active researchers.

Media can be combined with the following subject to graduate with one of the following named degrees:​

  • BA (Hons) English and Media (QP33​)​

For more information about this subject pathway including modules, please visit our Media web page.

Learning & Teaching

We utilise a range of teaching environments to best fit your learning needs. Delivery includes workshops, seminars, research seminars, lectures, virtual learning environments, away days, field trips and visits. Wherever possible, the emphasis is placed upon small group work and individual learning needs. You'll be allocated a personal tutor who will support you throughout each year​.


We're committed to innovative assessment practices that match identified learning outcomes for your module and degree. This means assessment, wherever possible, is linked to enhancing not only your subject knowledge but also skills vital in developing your employment opportunities. Examples of assessment include research portfolios, creative portfolios, critical and reflective practice, reviews and presentations​.​

Employability & Careers

Please refer to the individual subject pages for information on employability, careers and progression to further study, such as taught postgraduate and teacher training qualifications.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Applicants to ALL pathways should have 104 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent). Typical offers may include:

  • ​104 points from at least 2 A levels to include A level grade C. Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate will be considered as a third subject​

  • RQF BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma grade MMM​
  • CACHE Diploma with a grade C (minimum 96 points)
  • 104 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades (minimum grade considered at Higher is H4)
  • 104 points from the Scottish Advanced Highers to include Advanced Higher grade D
  • 102 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to UCAS Course Search for the entry requirements​​.​ Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

If you are a mature applicant and have alternative qualifications or experience that you would like us to consider, please contact a member of staff.

Subject Specific Requirements:

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is on the basis of a com​pleted UCAS application, as well as an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school of college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email ​

For course specific enquiries, please contact​: ​

Creative Writing, English and Media
Christina Thatcher

Course Stats


Key Course Information

​​​​​UCAS Codes: This programme offers the following named degrees and subject combinations. The relevant UCAS code, shown below, should be used on your application:

QP33: BA (Hons) English & Media

QW38: BA (Hons) English & Creative Writing

Place of Study: 
Cyncoed Campus

Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

Course Length:
Three years full-time.
Six years part-time.

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My Creative Writing highlight: Competing in Cardiff Met's UniSlam team

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Studying English at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA English joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Elizabeth English and past students.

Studying Creative Writing at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Creative Writing joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Dr Kate North and past students.

Studying BA Media at Cardiff Met

Learn more about what it's like to study the BA Media joint honours degree from Senior Lecturer Rob Taffurelli and past students.

Meet the Humanities Team
Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Christina Thatcher

"I am an American poet, fiction and nonfiction writer with research interests in contemporary poetry, creative writing pedagogy and the role of creative writing in therapeutic and community contexts.

My experiences as a published writer, researcher and community facilitator position me well to support the diverse interests of our Creative Writing students. I assist students in developing their research methods and their creative work. I also provide them with opportunities to facilitate in the community at my local writers’ group, Roath Writers, and give them the tools they need to begin leading workshops in schools and community venues."

Christina Thatcher, Programme Director and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Robert Taffurelli

"Before becoming an academic I worked in London for 15 years as a full-time journalist. I progressed from an Editorial Assistant onto Assistant Editor, Editor Managing Editor and Deputy Group Editor. While working for several years with different publishers and magazines I turned my focus to my passion – film, and to a career in trade journalism as Editor of Film and TV Production Review.

My background in journalism and media informs and underpins the BA (Hons) Media and Communications and BA (Hons) Media joint honours degree."

Robert Taffurelli, Programme Director BA (Hons) Media and Communications and MA Specialist Journalism.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team: Nina Jones

"My teaching philosophy is to foster participation and engagement within the classroom with a particular focus on designing activities that promote active learning. Throughout lectures, seminars and workshops students study the media through debates, discussions, problem-solving activities, group projects and independent practical tasks to ensure that our students are not just listening but are actively “doing” and reflecting on their work.

Our Media degrees are suited to those that want to think both critically and creatively. Our students’ personal and professional development are at the core of what we do which provides them with a foundation on which to build their own careers."

Nina Jones, Senior Lecturer in Media.


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