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Creative Writing AS/A Level at Brockenhurst College

Course description

Developed in close consultation with higher education and with A-level and GCSE teachers, the new specification will:

  • provide opportunities to study creative writing as a discipline in its own right, distinct from English studies
  • complement but not overlap English Literature and/or Language study
  • allow aspiring writers to trace a route through school or college on to higher education and into professional practice
  • appeal to a wide range of students, including those studying other disciplines such as science or humanities

Creative Writing is firmly established as a distinct discipline within higher education, leading to a range of professional careers within the creative and cultural industries.

This specification is designed to introduce students to Creative Writing, separate from, but complementing, the study of Arts and English subjects that they may have completed at GCSE.

Course content

At AS, students will:

  • be introduced to a range of different types of writing
  • be expected to develop regular writing and reading practice
  • learn to express themselves and their ideas
  • learn to reflect on their intentions and outcomes
  • be introduced to the notion of writing to a brief
  • be introduced to the craft of writing by exploring writers’ methods through the study of published texts

At A2, students will:

• develop their expertise as writers by writing independently in their preferred forms
• experience the writers’ workshop, developing their ability to share work and give and receive feedback
• learn to reflect critically on their own creative processes
• learn to apply their knowledge of the writer’s craft to their own work
• develop redrafting and editing skills
• develop critical and analytical skills.

Entry requirements

The basic requirement is five GCSEs at grade C with a grade B Higher GCSE for English Language and English Literature (Higher Level).

An interest in grammar and analysis is also essential. A minimum C grade in GCSE Science is recommended.

An enjoyment of reading and writing is also essential.

This qualification is essentially for A level students.


Unit 1 – Writing on Demand
40% of AS, 20% of A Level
2 hour written examination
60 marks
Students will answer two questions from a choice of four.  Both will involve the production of texts based on practical writing scenarios.

Unit 2 – Exploring Creative Writing
60% of AS, 30% of A level
Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA
90 marks
Students will submit two creative pieces of work (max 3000 words) and a reflective commentary (max 1500 words).

Unit 3 – From Reading to Writing
20% of A Level
3 hour written examination
60 marks
Students will answer two questions based on their selection of one stimulus text from a choice of five

Unit 4 – The Writing Portfolio
30% of A Level
Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA
90 marks
Students will produce a portfolio of creative work (max 4000 words) and a full reflective commentary (max 2000 words), with bibliography and evidence of redrafting.

Future opportunities

This A Level allows progression for those who have enjoyed opportunities for writing creatively at Key Stage 4. 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 Brockenhurst College directly.

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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