Creative Writing AS/A2 Level at South Downs College
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.
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.
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.
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.