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Creative Writing AS/A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

This course aims to develop you as a confident writer of both fiction and non-fiction texts. On this course you can write non-literary texts which may take the form of journalism, prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry, script writing, blog entries, letters, speeches, articles, travel writing, reviews or any other non-literary text type. You will build your portfolio in the same way that an art student might develop a sketch book.

Course content

The A Level in Creative Writing is taught over two years. During the AS year, you are required to complete two pieces of coursework constituting 60% of the final grade. These must include two of the four keys types of writing - these are prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry and script writing.

The course requires you to read from a wide range of texts, covering each of these four areas, and to build up a log of your responses, which will include critical analyses of writers’ techniques along with your own original work, stemming from what you have read.

The end of year exam constitutes 40% of the final grade and requires you to answer two questions based on a professional brief.

Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language


  • You must be a motivated reader and writer.
  • The course requires a high level of independent study
  • Your spelling and punctuation should already be competent
  • You should be prepared to experiment in your creative work


Future opportunities

This course is aimed at students who wish to pursue university courses in journalism, creative writing, English or Drama. In general, it will compliment any course which has a creative element.

Further information

This course would make an excellent complement to both English Language and Literature. It would also sit well alongside Humanities courses, where critical reading and extended writing are key skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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