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Creative Writing A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

This is an A-Level course in Creative Writing, consisting of 4 modules and 4 units.

Course content

Unit 1: Writing on Demand

  • Students will read widely and critically explore a variety of prose non-fiction texts and extracts, learning and honing their own prose non-fiction writing skills. They will be provided with stimulus material which will enable them to write effectively from a different perspective, for a different audience or in a different genre, mastering the relevant writing skills and showing technical accuracy.

Unit 2: Creative Study

  • This unit focuses on the four forms of writing: Prose Fiction, Prose Non-Fiction, Poetry and Script. Candidates will again read widely and analyse a variety of texts (both whole and in extracts) which cover a wide range of genres within the four forms, developing key writing skills and technical control through drafting, self and peer assessment. Candidates will produce two creative writing pieces of work in their two preferred forms, focusing on aspects such as audience, purpose, theme, language, structure and characterisation. Students will maintain a writing journal throughout the process which will form the basis of their commentary.

Unit 3: From Reading to Writing

  • This unit consolidates the skills and learning of the whole course and includes students reading and analysing a wide variety of texts and extracts, in order to identify different writing styles and techniques and become adept at using them in their own creative writing. Candidates will prepare for a paper which will contain a choice of five stimulus texts, from which they must choose one. Students may select any form in which to respond to the stimulus text, effectively demonstrating their knowledge of their chosen writing style and skill at producing their own successful work through the ability to draft and shape it. They must also provide evidence of reflection and analysis, when considering the stimulus text.

Unit 4: The Writing Portfolio

  • This unit requires the production of an independent piece of creative writing which must be a sustained response on one form of the candidate’s choosing. Students must show evidence of drafting and reflect on their own writing experience and how they have shaped their work, through maintaining a comprehensive writing journal on which the commentary will be based.


Unit 1: Assessment

  • 40% of ’AS’ grade
  • 20% of ‘A2’ grade
  • One Written Examination: 2 Hours
  • Two Prose Non-Fiction tasks, from a choice of four, based on practical writing scenarios

Unit 2: Assessment

  • 60% of ‘AS’ grade
  • 30% of ‘A2’ grade
  • One coursework folder containing: Two pieces of Creative Writing, covering two different Forms (3000 words, in total) One Reflective Commentary (1500 words, in total)

Unit 3: Assessment

  • 20% of ‘A2’ grade
  • One Written Examination: 3 Hours
  • Question 1—a creative response to a stimulus text, from a choice of five
  • Question 2—a commentary on the stimulus text and the student’s response to it

Unit 4: Assessment 

  • 30% of ’A2’ grade
  • One portfolio of sustained Creative Writing focusing on one Form (4000 words maximum)
  • One reflective commentary including a bibliography and first drafts (2000 words maximum)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years