This A-level makes Creative Writing available in the secondary curriculum in the same way that other creative art forms such as music, art and design, dance, and drama are available. 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. It allows students who have enjoyed creative writing at GCSE to progress without necessarily intending to study the subject at degree level. It also offers interesting possibilities to adults who are re-entering study after a break.
This qualification 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 science, languages or humanities. The Assessment Objectives are modelled to some extent on other creative arts at A-level but are also informed by the principles operating within higher education, where rigorous and successful schemes of monitoring individual creative work have been devised.
Courses based on this specification will require the study and production of different types of creative and professional writing, defined here as different forms. There are four distinct forms, all of which can be produced for a range of different media. Students may write in: prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry or script; for: page, performance, radio, screen or digital media.
In this specification the following definitions apply:
Form: a type of writing: prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry or script.
Genre: a sub-division of one of the types of writing above, usually defined by content or technique: e.g. short story, travel article, sonnet, screenplay.
Medium: the route through which the writing is received: page, performance, radio, screen or digital media.
Creative Writing should not be seen solely as the production of literary texts; so while students could indeed write stories, poems and plays, they might equally produce journalism, creative non-fiction and web content.
This course encourages the developmental stages of creative work in a whole range of written forms and genres, and allows students to explore how writing is crafted in order to express individual visions. It balances the teaching of various aspects of craft with an exploration of how personal preoccupations can be given their own voice and communicated effectively. This process of discovery will inevitably examine and refer to published examples, developing students' critical and analytical skills, in order to apply them to their own work.
This A-level in Creative Writing expects students to:
- write regularly in a range of forms and genres in order to explore writing styles and develop technical control
- read widely and critically, developing their writing skills by widening their experience of reading
- share work-in-progress with others, respond productively to feedback and develop drafting and editing skills.