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Creating Writing A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

Students who want to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries can start on the path by developing their creative writing skills. They will also learn to develop critical and analytical skills and gain knowledge of the craft of writing. The course is designed to encourage students to:

• understand different types of writing
• express themselves and their ideas
• develop redrafting and editing skills
• develop critical and analytical skills.

Students will study the production of different types of creative and professional
writing and different forms. Four distinct forms will be produced for a range of different media. Students will learn to write in prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry or scripts for the page, performance, radio, screen or digital media.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. in addition, at least a grade C in GCSE English Language and Literature.


Work is internally assessed throughout the course and externally moderated by AQA in a terminal exam of 2 papers totalling five hours duration and worth 40% per paper. There are two coursework folders consisting of two original, creative pieces in one and a portfolio of work in the other; both folders involve reflective commentaries. Coursework = 60% Final Examination = 40%.

Future opportunities

Careers in journalism, communications, PR, media, education.It allows aspiring writers
to trace a route through school/college on to higher education and beyond into professional practice within the creative industries, just as it is possible for aspiring actors, musicians and artists to do.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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