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English Language A Level at Clacton County High School

Course description

A Level English Language gives you the opportunity to study how the English Language (one of the most widely used languages on the planet) works and how it is used in a vast array of both spoken and written mediums. You will develop a detailed understanding of the English Language through exploration of how language creates meanings in written, spoken and electronic modes. You will learn the fundamentals of the English Language through studies into how it works and you will be able to put this knowledge into practice in your own creative writing. You will have the opportunity to explore ‘real life’ language use in different social contexts and develop your understanding of how gender, power and technology affect language. This course requires independent study, involving reading, creative writing and research. Topics include:

  • Grammar and terminology: looking at how the English Language works in written, spoken and electronic modes
  • Language in use: with three contextual areas of study: Gender, Power and Technology.
  • Original Writing: 2 written pieces for different audiences and purposes and then analysis of own work in written commentaries.
  • Child Language Acquisition: how children learn and develop language use
  • English Language change: how the English Language has changed, is changing today and how it varies globally and regionally
This course will suit you if:
  • You have a passion for exploring the English language and the fundamentals of how the English language works
  • You are interested in how language is used in ‘real life’ social situations. • You enjoy creative writing
  • You have an interest in how children learn language and how the English language has changed and adapted over time

Entry requirements

Essential: A minimum of six GCSEs (grades A*-C) is required, including Maths and English. Students will normally require a minimum of a GCSE (grade B) in any subject they wish to study at A Level.

Desirable: Working towards an A/A* grade in GCSE English Language.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years