Once upon a time, in the green and pleasant county of Berkshire, there was a successful school, which was loved by its students, parents, teachers and even the mythical, much-feared, but fortunately rarely-sighted beast known as OFSTED.

Although some of the buildings were a little shabby, it seemed everyone was contented with their lot. Since the arrival of the legendary caterers, Cucina, pupils and teachers alike were well-fed and contented. However, there was one small thing that nagged away at the minds of some of the staff; they knew something was missing, something that would make their lives and those of their pupils complete.

And so, they bravely set out on a quest to discover what the missing element was. They endured setbacks and hardships, sometimes going entire days without cake, but finally, after many hair-raising adventures in the maze of the web, they arrived in the lost land of AQA and stumbled upon the answer: an A Level in Creative Writing!

They brought news of their precious find back to their leader, and held their collective breath while she pondered. How they rejoiced when she pronounced that they could bring this jewel of a subject into the school! Despite their degrees in English, their vocabulary was hardly wide enough to express their happiness. In fact, some of them may have resorted to using words that they would never even dream of uttering in the hearing of their innocent and impressionable students.

And so, from September 2015, creative writers will be catered for. What is more, those who love reading and writing can do both an English Literature and a Creative Writing A Level, thus ensuring that they spend half their time in the Sixth Form in the hallowed rooms of the English Department.

What a cornucopia of riches awaits those who dare to open their minds…

THE ESSENTIAL BUT NOT TERRIBLY INTERESTING BIT…

We will be following the AQA Creative Writing course – click here to download the specification:

If you want to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries, you can start on the path by developing your creative writing skills. You will also learn to develop critical and analytical skills and gain knowledge of the craft of writing.

AS Examinations
Unit 1 – Writing on Demand
40% of AS, 20% of A-level
2 hour written examination
60 marksStudents 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).

 A2 Examinations
Unit 3 – From Reading to Writing 20% of A-level
3 hour written examination
60 marksStudents will answer two questions based on their selection of one stimulus text from a choice of five.


Unit 4 – The Writing Portfolio 30% of A-level
Coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA
90 marks

Students will produce a portfolio of creative work (max 4000 words or equivalent) and a full reflective commentary (max 2000 words), with bibliography and evidence of redrafting.