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Creative Writing A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You love writing creatively and wish to develop your range and expertise as a writer. You are willing to explore a wide variety of forms and genres, such as journalism, travel writing, biography and blogs as well as stories, poems and plays.

This exciting new course will appeal to you as an aspiring writer, whether you are someone who has enjoyed creative writing in GCSE or A level English courses, or you are an adult returning to study. Your main focus may well be in different subject areas such as science and the humanities.

You will be expected to write regularly, keeping a writing journal to record ideas, responses to reading and first drafts of new writing. Good writers read, so you will be introduced to a wide range of texts as part of the process of learning about the craft of writing. You will take part in writing workshops, learning how to give and receive constructive criticism. Professional writers often write to order with tight deadlines; you will be given the opportunity to experience writing to a specific professional brief in limited time. As technical accuracy in writing is an important part of the assessment of this course, you will work with your teacher to improve your technical and proofreading skills.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study Creative Writing at this level, you will need to have a C grade in GCSE English Language and English Literature or English. Adult students without formal qualifications may offer evidence of creative writing ability.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.