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English Language AS/A2 at East Berkshire College

Course description

This course will enable you to understand how language is used in speech and writing. The aim is that by the end of the course you will be able to analyse how we make meaning, construct sentences and choose our words.

We also examine how we relate to others when we speak and write, as well as studying how children learn and speak


Course content

This course follows the AQA specification A syllabus.

One of the two units is coursework in which you will study how the media present events and people through language and how this can be done in a more positive way.

The other unit is an examination for which you will be studying newer methods of using writing, such as texting, emails, MSN and social network sites as well as looking at how language use is constantly adapting to the human need to communicate.

Entry requirements

Applicants need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, one of which must be English Language.


You will study English Language through lectures and seminar group work. There will also be individual investigation of texts with teacher support and guidance.

There is plenty of opportunity to discuss issues and ideas and you will be expected to connect this with your experience of language and research by linguists.

You will need to carry out wider reading and to complete tasks independently.

Future opportunities

  • Students achieving a grade D and above at AS can continue the subject A2 levelThis course leads to Higher Education.
  • Employers also value the oral and written skills acquired through studying this subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Berkshire College directly.

Last updated date: 03 May 2016

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