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English Language A Level at Rugby High School

Course description

A Level language is a fascinating and demanding A level that is highly regarded by universities and employers. Students will find the English Language A level to be very different to any study of English they have undertaken before. Students are encouraged to observe and listen to language in use, question their preconceptions, form hypotheses and test these. Lessons centre on investigation and discussion and students are encouraged to research living language – a language which is constantly absorbing, adapting and changing.

English Language A level encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. It allows students to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres. They will need to write analytically and creatively.

Course content

In the course of year 12, students will focus on language and the individual and language variations. In addition, study will focus on specific social contexts including Language and Power and Language and Gender. In year 13 students will focus on Child Language Acquisition, Language and the Media and Language Change as well as undertake coursework, applying their knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts acquired over the course to language investigation and the presentation of a teaching poster.

Entry requirements

A GCSE Level 6 in GCSE English Language

Future opportunities

The course is particularly suitable for students who are considering careers in law, the media, journalism and business, and those who wish to study English Language, Linguistics, English Studies or vocational courses such as speech therapy. It has strong links to social sciences, as students carry out investigations and undertake research using a range of methodologies. This subject encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data. Students will gain confidence and expertise are written and oral communication.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2017
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