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Creative Writing AS/A-Level at Rickmansworth School

Course description

Already established as a distinct discipline in Higher Education, Creative Writing is a very exciting new A Level to be offered by the English Department at Rickmansworth School. Not only can students choose this A Level in addition to any other English-related A Levels, but it also makes sense (as a further AS choice) for anyone with a main focus in other areas who is interested in improving their creative and critical thinking and communication skills.

With a strong writing tradition developed through Writers’ Club and the Writer in Residence project, the English Department has the relevant teaching and learning practice in place to provide the kind of Ofsted-recommended, independent study required to succeed.

Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to read widely and respond both creatively and analytically to texts across a variety of genres. Classroom work will provide education and inspiration; beyond the classroom, students will be encouraged to develop and thrive as independent, creative and reflective individuals.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Writing on Demand

Unit 2 - Exploring Creative Writing

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Exam

Unit 4 - The Writing Portfolio

Entry requirements

B Grade in English Language

B Grade in English Literature


UNIT 1 - EXAM Writing On Demand 2 hour written exam

  • Students will answer two questions from a choice of four. Both will involve the production of non-fiction texts based on practical writing scenarios.

UNIT 2 - COURSEWORK Exploring Creative Writing

  • Students will submit two creative pieces of work from two different genres of writing (max 3000 words) and a reflective commentary (max 1500 words).

UNIT 3 - EXAM 3 hour written examination

  • 3 hour written examination. Students will answer two questions based on their selection of one stimulus text from a choice of five. The first will be a directed creative response, the second will be an analytical commentary to reflect their acquired knowledge of both reading and writing.

UNIT 4 - COURSEWORK The Writing Portfolio

  • Students will produce a substantial portfolio of creative work (max 4000 words or equivalent) and a full reflective commentary (max 2000 words), with bibliography and evidence of redrafting.

Future opportunities

The course prepares students for further study in Creative Writing in higher education. It is also suitable for those intending to progress to further study in English Literature or English Language, and a range of creative subjects such as Media, Journalism, Film or Art. It can also complement other disciplines, such as science, languages or humanities. Furthermore, the study of Creative Writing helps to develop of a range of key skills that can be applied in the real world, including clarity of thought and expression, critical and analytical skills, team working, giving and receiving feedback and creative problem solving.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Rickmansworth School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years