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Creative Writing AS/A2 Level at South Downs College

Course description

This subject is for anyone interested in writing, be it fiction or non-fiction. 

A wide range of forms and genres will be studied, including articles, reviews, stories, poems, editorials, screenplays, travel writing… the list goes on!

Creative Writing is for any student aspiring to write professionally. It’s also for students who want to improve their communication skills.

You must be prepared to read, write, and share on this course.

Course content

The course will cover a wide range of writing forms and genres, focusing on how various pieces are constructed and teaching you how to write your own, be it for the page, performance, the screen or digital media.

You will develop your analytical skills, applying them to examples of published material and learning how to improve texts through a process of redrafting.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


Both exams and coursework are used as methods of assessment, with emphasis placed on the coursework element. You must be prepared to write a substantial body of work for this course.

AS level – Year One

Unit 1: Writing on Demand

There is a two hour exam for this unit in which students will answer two questions from a choice of four, producing texts to meet certain criteria. The various activities throughout the year will have prepared you for this need to `write on demand’. The exam represents 40% of your final AS grade.

Unit 2: Exploring Creative Writing

This is the coursework element of the course. You will need to produce two creative pieces (3000 words), choosing two forms from a choice of four – prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry, or script. You will also produce a reflective commentary (1500 words) to demonstrate a critical awareness of your own work. This coursework provides 60% of your final AS grade.

A2 Level – Year Two

Unit 3: From Reading to Writing

There is a three hour exam for this unit in which you will answer two questions about a text. There will be five texts provided in the exam and you will choose one of these as a stimulus to prompt your own creative writing in timed conditions. You will also analyse this text, and your own, exploring and explaining how they have been crafted. This unit will provide 20% of your total A level grade.

Unit 4: The Writing Portfolio

For this unit you will produce a portfolio of creative work (4000 words) with a reflective commentary (2000 words). For this portfolio you will specialise in one of the forms studied. This coursework unit provides 30% of your total A level grade.


Further information

Communication skills are highly valued by many employers and universities, and of course you will have a good grounding for pursuing a professional writing career.

Other options include working in publishing, teaching, public relations, and the media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Downs College directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: APPCWT