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English Language AS/A2 Level at Christleton High School

Course description



  • You will develop a clearer understanding of the English language – which is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world today – by studying its structures and functions, its developments and variations. You will also develop awareness of how language is connected with other aspects of society, through technology, power and culture.
  • You will consider how we learn to speak and write and how language has changed over the centuries and continues to change and create new words.
  • You will learn how to collect language data and how to analyse, interpret and evaluate it.

Course content


Entry requirements


We invite you to study English at AS or A level, if you have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C and above, normally including grades A*, A or B in English and English Literature; we are also prepared to consider individual cases.

Your previous teacher’s recommendation will play an important part in your acceptance.

Our main requirements are enthusiasm, co-operation, participation, preparation and dedication. English is a challenging option: ability and commitment are essential for success.




o The AS qualification is a one year course, separate from the two year A level course and consists of two examinations; one asks for close analysis of two texts; the other examines your understanding of different uses of English and attitudes to Language

o The A level qualification is a two year course which consists of two examinations and two pieces of coursework. In Paper One you are examined on your ability to analyse texts in detail and your understanding of how children acquire language. In Paper Two you are examined on your understanding of language diversity, language change over time, attitudes towards language use and your ability to write an article offering an opinion about Language use. You will complete a Language Investigation of your choice and a piece of original writing, again of your choice, as coursework. All the components are examined in the final year of the course.

Future opportunities


The study of English Language combines well with many other subjects and is a good basis for careers in Education, Media, Journalism, Law, Business and many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 May 2015

Key information

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