A Level English Language at Ashton Sixth Form College
The new, revised course for English Language offers you the chance to look closely at our shared language. You will follow a systematic course of study that introduces you to many aspects of the language and how it works – its grammar, its vocabulary, its sounds – and continue to develop your own writing craft. Be warned – this is not GCSE English continued, but the first step towards the study of language and linguistics at a high level.
We do not study any ‘set texts’ on this course, and we spend very little time on traditional English ‘literature’. Instead, we investigate examples of everyday language – especially spoken language – with the same kind of analytical detail as if we were studying traditional texts.
Introduction to the study of language, focusing on three specific social contexts: Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.
The aim of this coursework unit is to allow you the opportunity to develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise. You will be required to produce a folder comprising two pieces of original writing, differentiated by primary audience, purpose and genre, and two commentaries which explore the writing process and assess the success of the individual pieces.
Minimum 5 GCSE grades A*-C
Grade C — GCSE English Language
Grade C — GCSE English Literature
English Language students progress onto a wide variety of degrees and careers. Last year 78% of students moved on to Higher Education and 13% secured employment or a place on an Apprenticeship.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashton Sixth Form College directly.