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Creative Writing A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

If you love writing and enjoy putting your creative side to good use, an A Level in Creative Writing could see you improve your skills. You will learn to write effectively for a range of different genres and be encouraged to think creatively and adapt your writing style depending on your intended audience.

Creative Writing complements but does not overlap English Language and English Literature. This A Level allows aspiring writers to start on the path to professional practice but is equally useful for anyone interested in improving their creative and critical thinking and communication skills.

Course content

Unit 1: Writing on Demand – 40% of AS (20% of A Level)
You will respond to a professional style brief bases on practical writing scenarios in one of the four forms studied (Pros Fiction, Prose Non-Fiction, Poetry or Script).

Unit 2: Exploring creative writing – 60% of AS (30% of A Level)
This is extended project in which you will develop two original pieces of work in different forms; you will have the opportunity to workshop your ideas and get feedback on the work in progress. You will also produce a commentary in which you reflect on your process and writing practise.

Unit 3: From Reading to Writing – 20% of A Level
You will respond to a piece of writing by a professional writer, using this as a stimulus in order to create a new and original piece of your own. You will then assess your working practice and produce a commentary that reflects on your personal creative process.

Unit 4: The Writing Portfolio
This is a second extended project based on writing workshops that will really allow you to explore a specific writing form and develop your creative portfolio. Again, you will produce a reflective commentary.

Throughout the course you will be expected to read and respond to a wide variety of texts in order to enrich and develop your own work.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths, English Language and English Literature.


Unit 1
2 hour written examination
Unit 2
Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated
Unit 3
3 hour written examination
Unit 4
Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated

Future opportunities

Creative Writing is a relatively new A Level at the College, but would be useful for students wishing to progress onto degree programmes such as English Language and Literature, Marketing and Advertising, Creative Writing and Publishing. Equally, effective writing is a skill essential to many other degree subjects including Psychology and Law.

This subject is based within the Humanities Division of the College, which has an excellent reputation for helping students to achieve places in some of the UK’s top universities such as The University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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