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Creative Writing (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This subject offers you the opportunity to study and produce different types of creative and professional writing. A level Creative Writing is not solely the production of literary texts; you could indeed write stories, poems and plays, but you might equally produce journalism, creative non-fiction and web content.

Emphasis will be placed on student involvement in studying different types of text, as well as producing a portfolio of written work. Students will have to work to a brief as well as setting their own schedules.  It is also vital that students are prepared to join in collaborative workshops, as well as being prepared to share their writing with others.

By the end of the course, you will have developed your own ability to explore how writing is crafted in order to express individual ideas. You will have examined published writing, and developed your critical and analytical skills in order to apply them to your own work.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1(Exam) 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. In the two hour exam, you will answer two questions from a range of four offered.

Unit 2 (Coursework) Exploring Creative Writing

The aim of this coursework unit is to introduce students to regular writing practice across a broad range of forms

Additionally, this unit introduces the craft of writing, with particular focus on the processes involved in developing creative work, such as generating ideas, drafting and redrafting, using different forms and genres, as well as critical reflection.


A2 (A Level)

Unit 3 (Exam) From Reading to Writing

The purpose of this examination unit is for students to build on the programme of reading and writing begun at AS and to recognise the learning that can be gained from reading the work of others.

The question paper has two aims:

• to use published texts as stimuli for creative work

• to allow students to demonstrate their ability to analyse aspects of other writers’ craft and to show how they apply this to their own writing.

Unit 4 (Coursework) The Writing Portfolio

This unit offers opportunities for independent study. Students will be encouraged to develop their own programme of reading and writing, alongside assignments set in class. Students will ultimately choose one form on which to focus for their coursework.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE passes at C grade, including Maths and English. You should have a very real enthusiasm for writing and reading of all kinds, and for discussing ideas with like-minded people.

You should consider this course if you can:

  • spend several hours per week on your writing and reading
  • work under supervision on coursework that will require close preparatory reading and redrafting

Future opportunities

Creative Writing is a subject which combines well with any other subject you may wish to choose. It complements (so does not replicate) English Language and/or Literature study. It is accessible to students not necessarily interested in language theory or literary criticism, including those focused on entirely different subject areas such as art, science, drama, media or humanities.  It would be valuable training for many careers and Higher Education courses. Many institutions in higher education offer courses in Creative Writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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