Creative Writing A Level at Helston Community College
Creative Writing is suitable for any student who enjoys writing, who perhaps has found it the most important part of their experience of English throughout school. It is also a course which is very useful for anyone considering a career in the creative industries or journalism, or who wants to hone their writing and communication skills. Creative Writing may be taken alongside other English qualifi cations as both the style of delivery and skills emphasised on the course are diff erent, although complementary. It also complements other Arts subjects. The course should also open up writing to students of Sciences and Humanities enjoy the process of writing and wish to develop as writers.
Creative Writing is taught quite diff erently from English. The emphasis will be on creative workshops, dedicated improvement time to help learn the skills of planning, drafting and editing, and individual tutorials. Since most professional writers work to very focused project briefs and tight deadlines, the mode of delivery will focus on developing these skills which are tested on the day in the examination.
To study Creative Writing at AS and A2 level, both HCC and the exam board recommend that you have at least a grade C in English Language and Literature at GCSE. A good standard of literacy is required, and although we won’t expect your writing to be perfect, you will be expected to continue to work hard on writing as accurately as possible. You will be set individually identifi ed targets to help you to achieve this.
At AS Level, the exam involves writing on demand. In preparing for this unit, you will consider a wide range of writing forms, genres and industry contexts. There are no prescribed text types for the exam, meaning that on the day you could be writing a blog entry, a pitch for a fi lm, a section of autobiography, travel writing or an opening to a detective novel. Two pieces of writing will be produced over two hours. At A2, you will be provided with fi ve contrasting pieces of original text, each with an accompanying task. You will be required to select one task and create a piece of writing in which they respond to this. You will then construct a commentary on your writing. The focus is therefore on the natural evolution from reading to writing.
Coursework is very much at both AS and A2 about supporting personal interests, and is expected to lead naturally from other parts of the course. You could write poetry, screenplays, specialist publications on an interest, copy for a website, or creative prose such as the traditional short story.
There will be as much emphasis on writing non-fi ction for industry as more traditional forms such as the novel or dramatic monologue. Many professional writers span diff erent fi elds of occupation, and the course provides excellent preparation for this. University pathways might include Creative Writing, English, Film/Media, general or specialist journalism courses, including broadcast journalism or scientifi c journalism. Multi-media Design, Advertising, Technical Authoring, Business, PR and other courses requiring copy generation would also be supported by experience of this subject. The course provides a creative outlet, but will also technical rigour for students and will support development and confi dence in your writing whatever your other academic or creative practice.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.