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English Language - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

Course description

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • have an interest in studying a wide variety of examples of spoken and written language from the past and present
  • enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their comments on texts
  • enjoy studying a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • are interested in creative writing and journalism
  • enjoy independent investigative work
  • are interested in how gender, technology and power affects our language
  • want to find out about how children acquire language.

Entry requirements

English Language GCSE grade B


Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society

You will study textual variations and representations through exploring contemporary texts and older texts. You will consider thematic links between texts and explore the language choices made with regard to the context of the texts.

You will study children’s language development (0-11 years). You will explore the ways children acquire spoken language and how they learn to read and write.

Assessed by a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of A-level

Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change

You will study language diversity and change in a variety of different spoken and written texts. You will consider theories and ideas surrounding gender and ethnicity in language. You will explore how language can be powerful in different contexts. You will learn about the history and development of the English language.

You will also learn how to adapt your own writing to suit a variety of different audiences, purposes and genres.


• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 40% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

You will produce a Language Investigation exploring some of the aspects of language you have found particularly interesting. In addition, you will produce a portfolio of Original Writing supported by an accompanying commentary.

Assessed by a coursework portfolio

Word count: 3,500

20% of A-level

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Future opportunities

Students with AS or A Level English Language have a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. You will learn and use a wide variety of transferable skills that can be used on a range of degree courses. English Language, Linguistics or Communication Studies can be studied as a single subject in Higher Education.

English Language can also be combined with English Literature or can lead to a wide variety of other degree subjects such as Media, Journalism, Primary Education, History or Speech and Language Therapy. Some students will also use their qualification to go straight into employment rather than Higher Education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 07 January 2016
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