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English Language A Level at Highlands School

Course description

If you enjoyed English at GCSE and felt you displayed enough commitment to and interest in this course, this could be the right option for you. You will need to actively enjoy reading and researching around a topic.

English is a course that encourages your independence of thought and an enthusiasm for Language/Literature. It is very important that you develop your own ideas in your responses to texts, building on and enhancing the skills you have gained at GCSE.

You will study a rich range of complete texts, extracts and shorter texts from a broad spectrum of types. You will not be ‘taught’ texts in the same way as you were at GCSE. You will be expected to have a personal relationship with texts.

Your ideas about Linguistics/Literature will be challenged. You will be asked what the purpose of Language/Literature is and why we study it. You will be asked to explore how writers achieve effects in their works and what choices they have made to impact upon the reader. You will consider the ideologies and points of view of writers and their social and political context.

Course content

The course is structured around 4 modules – 2 of which are completed each year.

In Year 12 students study “Categorising Texts” which is tested through an external examination as well as “Creating Texts” which is assessed through a coursework piece of up to 3,000 words.

Year 13 is similar in terms of assessment, with a coursework piece being submitted, this time focussed upon “Investigating Language” and which has a maximum word limit of 4,000 words.

Similarly, an examination is also sat by candidates, with the topic being “Developing Language”.

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language

Future opportunities

English is a broad and inclusive subject that prepares you well for the demands of Higher Education. It is one of the most popular subjects to study at university level.

English is a very useful subject for any career where you communicate with people. Occupations such as journalism, education and marketing are all keen to employ successful English graduates. Career opportunities are abundant to an individual with a degree in English because skills gained from this area of study can be easily applied to many career areas. Individuals possessing the ability to think clearly and critically, to analyze and interpret data, and communicate results are in great demand by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highlands School directly.

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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