Spotlight on Writing

Exploring the writing sector could offer a career in journalism, authorship, editing, and teaching to name a few. By studying one of our A Level pathways under this sector at The Sheffield Sixth Form, you’ll learn writing skills, the theory behind the language, and how best to apply those skills to effectively engage your desired audience.

Writing and Communications

This pathway includes an A Level in English Language. Your English Language course will explore the use of language in advertisements, newspaper articles, short stories, speech transcripts, letters, travel writing, and more. Throughout your studies, you’ll learn analysis and different writing styles that’ll enable you to meet the needs of specific audiences. Beyond this, you’ll study language change, gender, accent and dialect, teen sociolect, and child language development. You’ll delve into the ways that people, events, places, and cultures are represented in the language used by the media, alongside stereotyping and influencing.

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Creative Writing

A Creative Writing Pathway at The Sheffield Sixth Form includes an A Level in English Literature. Your English Literature course will allow you to develop your enquiring mind and your literary debate skills, and is ideal for students who enjoy writing and reading all types of novels, plays, and poetry. As part of your English Literature course, you’ll develop your reading, writing, and analytical ability alongside your communication, problem solving, and team building skills. You’ll look at the way writers shape meaning through form, structure, and language, as well as how texts relate to their historical and social contexts. You’ll explore Shakespeare, prose, poetry, and drama, and you’ll have the opportunity to work with chosen texts that you truly enjoy.

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When you choose to study one of these Writing Pathways, you’ll also be able to choose two further A Levels to complement your studies and ensure your learning journey is unique to your own personal interests. Your second and third A Levels could be any of the following:

  • Fine Art

  • Media Studies

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • Film Studies

  • Photography

Developing your writing skills through one of these pathways will open up a range of exciting opportunities in a number of fascinating fields of study and work. From theatre to law, your career aspirations can be made possible, starting with a Writing Pathway at The Sheffield Sixth Form.

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