Creative Writing is firmly established as a distinct discipline within higher education, leading to a range of professional careers within the creative and cultural industries.
It complements A level study in English Literature or English Language, as well as a range of other creative subjects such as Media, Film and Art.
At AS level, students will:
- be introduced to a range of different types of writing.
- be expected to work to tight deadlines
- be expected to develop regular writing and reading practice
- learn to express themselves and their ideas
- learn to reflect on their intentions and outcomes
- be introduced to the notion of writing to a brief
- explore writers’ methods through the study of published texts.
AS Unit 1: Writing on Demand Introduction
This examined unit is designed to reflect that creative writing is part of the professional world of work. Many professional writers write to order, with tight deadlines and tight focus. This makes an examined unit an especially suitable way of assessing this type of writing.
AS Unit 2: Exploring Creative Writing
The aim of this coursework unit is to introduce students to regular writing practice across a broad range of forms. In this specification, forms are defined as: prose fiction; prose non-fiction; poetry; script. This unit introduces the notion of writing craft, with particular focus on the processes involved in developing creative work, such as generating ideas, drafting and redrafting, using different forms and genres, and critical reflection.
At A2 level, students will:
- develop their expertise as writers by writing independently in their preferred forms
- experience the writers’ workshop, developing their ability to share work and give and receive feedback
- learn to reflect critically on their own creative processes
- learn to apply their knowledge of the writer’s craft to their own work
- develop redrafting and editing skills
- develop critical and analytical skills.
A2 Unit 1: From Reading to Writing
Reading widely is an essential part of the development of the creative writer. The
Exam paper has two aims:
- to use published texts as stimuli for creative work
- to allow students to demonstrate their ability to analyse aspects of other writers’ craft and to show how they apply this to their own writing.
A2 Unit 2: The Writing Portfolio
The aims of this coursework unit are to deepen students’ creative use of language and technical mastery of one chosen form; develop students’ expertise in responding to critical feedback and redrafting creative work; extend students’ ability to reflect critically on their own creative process and achievements; and to introduce students to systematic referencing of sources and influences. Students will need to develop their own programme of reading and writing, alongside assignments set in class.
This A-level in Creative Writing expects students to:
- write regularly in a range of forms and genres in order to explore writing styles and develop technical control
- read widely and critically, developing their writing skills by widening their experience of reading
- share work-in-progress with others, respond productively to feedback and develop drafting and editing skills.