Creative Writing A Level at Beaminster School
If you love reading and writing, and have enjoyed the creative aspects of your GCSE / IGCSE English course, then this is the course for you.
Using the reading of example texts, you will be exposed to different styles of text from a wide range of genres, eras, styles, target audiences and different purposes. You will try your hand at attempting to emulate certain styles of writing, and encouraged to find your ‘own distinctive voice’ in your writing.
The course will make extensive use of workshop-style teaching, whereby your work will be discussed openly and critically. You will have opportunities to share your work (including reading it aloud!) and discuss writing strategies to improve your writing.
You will be exposed to a range of different teaching styles and approaches, in order for you to get the most out of the course.
It will be hard work. You will be expected to keep a writing journal, attend all classes and keep up with assignments. Importantly, you will need to be an avid reader, as good writers are always keen readers.
Year (AS and A Level)
Unit 1 – CREW1 – Writing on Demand
40% of AS, 20% of A-Level. 2 hour written examination, 60 marks
Students will answer two questions from a choice of four. Both will involve the production of texts based on practical writing scenarios.
Unit 2 – CREW2 – Exploring Creative Writing
60% of AS, 30% of A-Level. Coursework, internally assessed and moderated by AQA, 90 marks
Students will submit two creative pieces of work (max 3000 words) and a reflective commentary (max 1500 words).
Year 2 (A Level)
Unit 3 – CREW3 – From Reading to Writing
20% of A Level, 3 hour written examination, 60 marks
Students will answer two questions on their selection of one stimulus text from a choice of five.
Unit 4 – CREW4 – The Writing Portfolio
30% of A Level. Coursework, internally assessed and moderated by AQA. 90 marks.
Students will produce a portfolio of creative work (max 4000 words or equivalent) and a full Reflective commentary (max 2000 words), with bibliography and evidence of redrafting.
GCSE English Language Grade C or above. This course also requires sound communication and independent learning skills and, importantly, a love of reading.
Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.
You will be assessed through classwork and homework. You will be set assessment tasks linked to the Assessment Objectives periodically during the academic year.
Both AS and A level have externally assessed exams in the summer.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaminster School directly.