Creative Writing at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form
This is the first time that an examination board has offered an A Level in Creative Writing and the specification is awaiting approval for teaching to start in 2013. This A Level allows progression for those who have enjoyed opportunities for writing creatively at Key Stage 4.
A genuine interest in writing and excellent independent learning skills are essential if students are to be successful. Much time out of class will be spent experimenting with writing and reading widely, literary and non-fiction texts.
The course is mainly structured to allow and support individual progress and interests in writing. Students will be expected to write regularly in a range of forms and genres to explore writing styles and develop technical control. They will also be expected to read widely and critically and share work-in-progress with others, responding productively to feedback and developing drafting and editing skills.
AS and A Level Creative Writing would complement a range of other Arts subjects. It could be taken alongside A Level English Literature (potentially as a ‘fourth’ subject) but should not be taken instead of Literature. This is because it is a new subject and it remains to be seen how it will be regarded by all higher education institutions.
As this is a new course, we are keen to know the numbers of students who would be interested, in order to make decisions about how it could be offered. If you are interested in taking an A Level in Creative Writing, please register your interest with Mr. T. Richards / Ms. J. Naylor.
5 A* - C grades at GCSE including a good pass (at A* /A or B grade) in English Language. Students must be prepared to write and read extensively outside of the classroom and possess excellent self-motivation.
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.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uplands Community College School Sixth Form directly.