2 years AQA

40% Examination

60% Coursework

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs (with 2 at grade B, and 3 at grade C) including English.
  • Students wishing to enrol on more than one A Level English course must achieve a grade B in GCSE English Language and a grade B in GCSE English Literature.
  • You must be prepared to read widely, write essays and produce original writing in your own time.

What will I study?

An Introduction to Creative Writing

In Creative Writing you will use wider reading to develop your own original writing, experimenting with a range of genres. You will also learn to edit, redraft and critically analyse your own writing.

Those of you who want to pursue a career in the creative and cultural industries can start on the path by developing their creative writing skills. You will also learn to develop critical and analytical skills and gain knowledge of the craft of writing. It is heavily weighted towards coursework (60%).
You can study Creative Writing on its own or with either English Literature or English Language.

Creative Writing Course Content

  • In Creative Writing A Level you will:
    • Understand different types of writing
    • Express yourself and your ideas
    • Develop redrafting and editing skills.
    • Develop critical and analytical skills.
    • Produce creative coursework, analysing the choices you’ve made as a writer.

Where does it lead?

Creative Writing is a useful subject for a wide range of careers including writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and jobs in the arts and media industries. A number of universities offer Creative Writing degree courses which are extremely popular.



“I studied English Literature, English Language and Art & Design at Cadbury College, achieving ABC. I am now studying a degree in English with Creative Writing at the Manchester Metropolitan University.”

Ellie Glenn