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English Language at Peter Symonds College

Course description

English Language trains you to become a skilled analyser of language use, through close analysis of a variety of texts. In AS, this may include genres as diverse as fiction, journalism, transcripts of workplace conversations, text messages or the language on the reverse of a train ticket. The focus will always be on the contexts in which texts are produced and received, their audiences and purposes. The technical labelling of language features will be a key element to analysis. These analytical skills will inform and shape your own written style in the AS coursework unit.

In A2, developing knowledge of linguistic description and language theory will be applied to Child Language Acquisition (studied through transcripts of child-parent interaction or examples of children’s early writing) and Language Change (looking at textual evidence of English’s changing use over time). These may prompt ideas for the A2 coursework, where you’ll be given the opportunity to collect data as part of a research project on an area of language of your choice.

Entry requirements

At least 5 A* - C grade GCSEs, including Maths and English

Grade B or above in GCSE English Language is recommended

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years