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English Language AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

You will acquire and use a wide range of transferable skills during the course. These will include writing for particular audiences and purposes, analysing written, electronic and spoken texts, identifying arguments and expressing informed and independent opinions. These skills are in demand from employers, universities and colleges and are also valuable in their own right. A number of Higher Education courses and occupations are open to students with AS or A Level in English Language, particularly in areas such as journalism, media and law. The study of English Language would complement AS Levels in English Literature, Drama, Modern Languages, History, Psychology or Sociology.

Course content

AS Course Summary 
Unit 1 Seeing Through Language
60% of AS / 30% of A Level
(External Exam: 2 hours)
One Language Analysis task and one Child Language Development essay.
Unit 2 Representation and Language
40% of AS / 20% of A Level
One Investigation into how language is used to represent an issue and one Language Production task(with Commentary) in which you create a representation of your choice. 
A2 Course Summary
Unit 3 Language Explorations
30% of A Level
(External Exam: 2 1/2 hours)
One Language Change or Variation essay and one Language Debate essay.
 Unit 4 Language Investigations and Interventions
20% of A Level.
One Spoken Language Investigation and one Intervention task which involves participating in a language debate in a particular form for a non-specialist audience.

Entry requirements

You should have at least B grades in English Language and English Literature at GCSE. We would expect you to have a passion for analysing language and writing in a precisely-crafted style. ICT skills would be an advantage.

Financial information

All the required reading can be found in the school library but if students wish to purchase core books then that is encouraged. All students will be given a reading list when they enrol on the course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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