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English Language (B) - AS/A2 (Level 3) at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

This course provides students with a natural progression from

their GCSE study of English Language and also-

• encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning

about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations

• allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

Course content

Year 12- ENGB1 Categorising Texts.

Grouping texts- establishing linguistic patterns and categorising texts accordingly.

Introduction to the study of language, focussing on three specific social contexts:

Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.


Year 12- ENGB2 Creating texts.

Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and

purposes (2500-3500 words).


Year 13- ENGB3 Developing Language

Builds on AS knowledge and skills, with an additional focus on two new areas of

language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change.

Year 13- ENGB4 Investigating Language

Candidates produce two pieces of internally assessed and externally moderated coursework: a language investigation and an informative media text

(2500-3000 words).


Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


You will be assessed by public exams and a piece of coursework in Year 13 will contribute to your overall A Level grade.

Following A Level reforms in this subject, from 2015, all emaxs will need to be taken at the end of the course. AS grades do not contribute to the A Level grade.


Future opportunities

This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English Language, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education. It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data.

This workshop style of teaching and learning gives students academic confidence, as well as knowledge about the English Language.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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