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Creative Writing at Uplands Community College School Sixth Form

Course description

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.

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Wadhurst is situated on the Kent/Sussex border seven miles (11 km) east of Crowborough and about seven miles (11 km) south of Tunbridge Wells.  It is also within easy reach of Ticehurst, Burwash, Mayfield and Heathfield in East Sussex, and Lamberhurst, Hawkhurst and Cranbrook in Kent.


      There is limited parking available on the College site during the day.  Visitors travelling by car may prefer to park in the public car park, which is situated next to the Greyhound Pub in the High Street, adjacent to the College. 


      Uplands is a Community College and we have a Sports Centre on-site, which is open to the public and a Youth Centre across the road.  The entire College site, including the Sports Centre is a non-smoking environment. 

      The College is:

      • Within easy reach of the A21


      • Approximately 1 mile from Wadhurst Railway Station


      • Served by bus routes from the surrounding towns/villages


      • Located within the centre of Wadhurst; Sixth Form students are permitted to visit the local shops during study periods and break/lunchtime