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English Language AS / A Level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

This course studies the history of the English language around the world, as well as looking at how we learn to talk, read and write. You will analyse how texts are created for different purposes and audiences and will compile a portfolio of creative work.

You will study how writing and speech are shaped by the context of the people involved, their age, gender, social background, geographical locations and occupations.

Course content

The course will be taught through group work, presentations, seminars, discussions and investigations, role plays, research methods and fieldwork in a variety of areas including media texts and spoken language transcripts.



Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C in English Language


AS Level

Unit 1 - Categorising Texts              (1 hour 30 minutes exam, 60% of AS)
This will require you to explore various groupings of unseen texts and then analyse a text related to gender, power or uses of new technology.

Unit 2 - Creating Texts                      (Coursework, 40% of AS)
This coursework folder will comprise two original texts (total 2,000 – 3,000 words) or different genres and aimed at different audiences. You will also have to write a commentary on each written task (total 1,500 words).

A2 Level

Unit 3 - Developing Language         (2 hour exam, 60% of A2)
This exam will require two essay type answers; one looking at texts related to the language acquisition of children aged 0-11 and the other analysing language texts from history.

Unit 4 - Investigating Language      (Coursework, 40% of A2)
The investigation task allows you to collect and analyse data related to a topic of the English language, which you are interested in (total 2,500 words). The findings of the investigation will then be explored in a media type text (total 1,000 words).

Board : AQA

Future opportunities

Careers in Journalism, Law, Business, Publishing, Broadcasting and Speech Therapy.  English Language would also be useful in careers such as Nursing, Teaching, Advertising, Police work or Social work - anything involving people and communication.

English Language can be studied as a single subject in Higher Education or can be combined with a wide variety of other subjects.  It could form a good basis for study in any arts-based subject in combination with, for example, Sociology, History, Media Studies, Psychology, Law, Politics or Languages.

Further information

For more information, contact Miss Breckell.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: English LANGUAGE
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  • Number of planned places: 40