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Creative Writing AS level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course is designed to develop your writing skills, giving you the freedom to write and develop your own texts, and practicing skills important for professional writers such as writing to specific briefs. Many students enjoy creative writing at school and increasing numbers are choosing to take it as a degree course. As a potential 5th subject, this AS-level will help to develop a range of valuable key skills to help students write professionally in a range of styles, and to compile a portfolio of your own writing. Skills include clarity of thought and expression, critical and analytical skills, team working, giving and receiving feedback, and creative problem solving.

Course content

This course is designed to give you the skills to write to a professional standard. It will focus on the whole process of writing, from initial ideas and inspirations, to planning, writing and redrafting a text. You will be writing many different types of text, from poetry, play scripts and prose fiction, to the many different forms of journalism, web texts, persuasive writing and creative non-fiction.

Unit 1: Writing On Demand

  • Students will answer 2 questions from a choice of 4, both of which will involve producing a text based on a practical writing scenario.

Unit 2: Exploring Creative Writing

  • Students will submit 2 creative pieces of work (max 3000 words in total), and a commentary on their work reflecting on the creative process (max 1500 words).

Entry requirements

To start any A levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements. In addition you will need a B grade or higher in English Language. Creative Writing would be the fourth subject added to a three A-level course

Assessment

Exam Board – AQA

Unit 1:  June Examination, 40% of AS, 2 hour written examination, 60 marks.

Unit 2: Coursework portfolio, 60% of AS, 90 marks.

Future opportunities

It prepares students for further study in Creative Writing in higher education and is also suitable for those intending to progress to further study in English Literature or English Language, as well as a range of other creative subjects such as Media, Journalism, Film or Art. It is equally useful for students wishing to develop their ability to express themselves in writing, for a range of audiences – a skill that can be applied to the breadth of writing tasks encountered in the professional world of work or academia. As such, it may be just as appealing to those focusing on other disciplines, such as science, languages or humanities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Luton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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