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English Language AS and A2 at Boston College

Course description

The English language is all around us – in adverts, newspapers, subtitles, and webpages. The course explores the English Language from different perspectives. You will study topics such as: Language Development in Children, Accent and Dialect, the Changes in Language Across Time, Spoken Language and Political Correctness. 

Course content

Paper one 

This paper covers an introduction to linguistic frameworks (grammar, lexis, phonology, graphology) and how to use them in text analysis. 

In your second year, you will also cover language change from 1600 to the present day and child language development. 

Paper two 

This looks at different varieties of English (regional, national, occupations, social...), their structure, how to relate to identify and attitudes to varieties of English. 

In your second year this topic will develop to cover international varieties of English and how ethnicity impacts on language choice and use. 


During your second year, you will produce a piece of original writing and conduct a language investigation in an area of language that interests you.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades C or above (New GCSE grade - 5 and above) including English Language or Literature at a grade B or above (New GCSE grade - 6 or above) or equivalent. 


This course is 100% theory based. You will be assessed by exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

The qualification is useful for those wishing to apply for university. It is suitable for those aiming for careers in journalism, the media, Law or teaching. The skills that you will learn, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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