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English Language AS & A Level at St Anne's Catholic School

Course description

The English Language is the medium through which we express ourselves and through which we come to understand our world.

By studying the language, you will develop your understanding of that world and you will become a more skilled communicator - people often say that learning to use their own language really effectively is empowering, and that has got to be good!

Course content

What will you study? The areas in bold print are relevant to the full A Level only.

  • How to analyse language
  • Your own writing skills
  • Textual variations and representations. You can probably spot the difference between an online blog and a newspaper report, but what are those differences?
  • How children learn language
  • The diversity of language: how we speak, how we write, gender infl uences, occupational infl uences, the infl uence of technology and so on.
  • Language change. (Did you know that Shakespeare wrote Modern English?)
  • Language discourses – linking analysis, writing a good essay and expressing your opinion, using what you know about language to create your essay.

Entry requirements

Grade B and above in English GCSE required.


A level: Assessment is through two examination papers – each two and a half hours long – plus a non-exam assessment of three pieces of writing, totalling 3,500 words. In the non-exam assessment you will have a chance to choose a research topic and an original writing piece that interest you.

AS level: Assessment is through two examination papers, each an hour and a half long. One focuses on textual variations and representations and the other on language diversity, language discourses and directed writing skills.

Future opportunities

English Language is in itself a possible university choice but the A Level is a qualifi cation that is welcomed by many subject areas for university studies and is often appreciated by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Anne's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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