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Creative Writing AS & A Level at Durham Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Creative Writing allows learners who have enjoyed the creative element of for learners who want to express themselves through writing for a range of audiences. Creative Writing will help learners develop a wide range of skills that can be applied to everyday life, such as clarity of expression, critical thinking and analytical skills. Learners will be introduced to a wide range of reading material and be expected to develop regular writing practice, in which they express themselves and their ideas.

Students will acquire reading and writing skills through the study of a wide range of texts, keeping of journals, attending workshops and critiques.

Course content


  • Unit 1: Writing on Demand
    This examined unit is designed to reflect the fact that writing can be creative in ways that are non-literary. It also reflects the fact that creative writing is part of the professional world of work.
  • Unit 2: Exploring Creative Writing
    The aim of this coursework unit is to introduce students to regular writing practice across a broad range of forms, such as prose non fiction, poetry and script.


  • Unit 3: From Reading to Writing
    Reading widely is an essential part of the development of the creative writer. The purpose of this examination unit is for students to build on the programme of reading and writing begun at AS in order to develop their knowledge of writing craft, their analytical skills and their own writing ability.
  • Unit 4: The Writing Portfolio
    The aims of this coursework unit are to build a broad exploratory work of Unit 2, deepen students' creative use of language and technical mastery of one chosen form, develop students' expertise in responding to critical feedback and redrafting creative work, extend students' ability to reflect critically on their own creative process and achievements, and to introduce students to systematic referencing of sources and influences.

Entry requirements

There are a range of courses and pathways available to you at Durham Sixth Form Centre depending on your GCSE results and academic profile. In order to enrol with us as a student, you must have the minimum of 5 A*-C GCSE grades (or equivalent). In addition, individual subjects have specific entry requirements, which will be discussed with you during the application and enrolment process. Students who do not achieve a grade C or above (or numerical equivalent) in GCSE English and/or mathematics will be required to continue studying these subjects at Durham Sixth Form Centre.

If you do not meet our entry requirements but are still keen to study at Durham Sixth Form Centre, please contact us to discuss your options.



  • Unit 1: Two hour exam worth 40% of AS
  • Unit 2: Coursework worth 60% of AS


  • Unit 3: Three hour exam worth 40% of A2
  • Unit 4: Coursework worth 60% of A2

Future opportunities

Creative Writing can be studied in higher education and is helpful for students wishing to study a range of other subjects such as English Literature, English Language, Media, Journalism, Film or Art.

Further information

Creative Writing is suitable for learners intending to study English Literature, English Language, Media, Journalism, Film or Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Durham Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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    • Durham Sixth Form Centre is located in Durham City Centre next to Gala Square and Freeman’s Quay. We are a couple of minutes walk from both the bus station and the railway station. Our students enjoy having all of the city centre facilities, shops, restaurants, the city library, cinema and theatre on our doorstep. In the city itself, students find a host of lively cultural, social and educational advantages and facilities. The galleries, exhibitions, museums and book shops all play their part in enriching the student experience. A large public car-park is directly opposite and adjacent to Durham Sixth Form Centre’s main entrance.