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Creative Writing A level at Shenfield High School

Course description

The Creative Writing course provides students who have enjoyed creative writing at GCSE level with the opportunity to explore different writing styles and to develop their own writing skills. This qualification complements (so does not replicate) English Language and/or Literature study. It is also accessible to students not necessarily interested in language theory or literary criticism, including those focused on entirely different subject areas such as science, languages and humanities.

Course content

Units that will be studied are:

Unit 1 – Writing on Demand

This aim of this unit is to give students the opportunity to write to a specific professional brief, showing appropriate writing skills, in a limited time. It reflects the fact that creative writing is part of the professional world of work.

Unit 2 – Exploring Creative Writing

This unit introduces the notion of writing craft. It supports students in developing their creative work and critical reflection.

Unit 3 – From Reading to Writing

The aim of this unit is to provide students with the opportunity to use published texts as inspiration and to respond to writing prompts in order to produce creative work within time limits.

Unit 4 – The Writing Portfolio

The unit builds on the broad exploratory work of Unit 2 but also deepens students’ creative use of language and technical mastery.

Entry requirements

It is important that students gain a minimum of a grade B in English Language at GCSE.

Future opportunities

As this course encourages creative work in a whole range of written forms and genres (including journalism, creative non-fiction, web content and writing for other digital media) it allows aspiring writers to trace a route through school on to Higher Education and beyond into professional practice within the creative industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years