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Creative Writing Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

This course will appeal to those interested in becoming professional writers as well as those who simply enjoy writing creatively (whether fiction or non-fiction). The study of Creative Writing helps to develop a range of key skills that can be applied in the real world, including clarity of thought and expression, critical and analytical skills, team working, giving and receiving feedback and creative problem solving. 

At AS Level, students will:

• be introduced to a range of different types of writing
• be expected to develop regular writing and reading practice
• learn to express themselves and their ideas
• learn to reflect on their intentions and outcomes
• be introduced to the notion of writing to a brief
• be introduced to the craft of writing by exploring writers’ methods through the study of published texts

Course content

In the first year:

Unit 1: Writing On Demand - 40% of AS, 20% of A Level - 2 hour written examination, 60 marks
Students will answer two questions from a choice of four. Both will involve the production of texts
based on practical writing scenarios.

Unit 2 – Exploring Creative Writing - 60% of AS, 30% of A Level Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA
90 marks. Students will submit two creative pieces of work (max 3000 words) and a reflective commentary (max 1500 words).

Work-shopping is an important part of class work and students should not feel timid about sharing work and ideas.  Tasks are geared towards ‘real world’ writing. There is no prescribed list of text types.

Types of writing may include, but are not limited to: journalism in its many forms: e.g. articles, columns; writing online: e.g. blog entries, web page content; persuasive writing: e.g. writing a pitch, editorial; reviews: e.g. reviewing an event or product; entries in compendia: e.g. online encyclopaedias, synopses; creative non-fiction: e.g. travel writing, autobiography.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, and three GCSEs at grade D. You must have English Language at grade B or above and Maths at grade C or above (or Level 2 equivalent). Internal applicants will also need a reference from your former tutor.


Assessment is a combination of written coursework and examinations.

Future opportunities

This course can lead to further study on Creative Writing courses at university level. Creative Writing may lead on to careers in areas such as journalism, fiction writing, commercial writing (copywriting) and writing for the web. Other careers in academia, libraries, culture and the arts are also possibilities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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