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English Language AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

  • By studying language at this level, students should develop valuable skills, including the ability to:
  • encounter, interpret and
  • evaluate a wide range of
  • written and spoken English
  • express themselves both in
  • speech and writing with
  • increasing competence and
  • sophistication
  • listen attentively
  • and critically.
The AQA Specification for English Language is demanding, but to students who are willing to work hard, it offers the opportunity to develop their interest in and enjoyment of English and to learn about its structures and functions.

Course content

Various approaches are taken to explore and analyse the English Language and the range of
activities includes:
  • group reading of texts and data
  • discussions, in pairs, small groups and the whole class
  • note-taking
  • preparing and giving presentations
  • writing your own texts
  • researching an area of language
  •  examination practice.
In addition, students are expected to work in their own time, and there are opportunities to consult teachers one-to-one




Language and the Individual
This examined unit covers the introductory aspects of the study of language, into areas such as grammar, dialect, phonology and discourse. In addition students explore how texts create meanings and representations.
Language Varieties
Candidates are encouraged todevelop their own writing skills, producing writing in different genres to prepare for an examined directed writing task. Students will explore three language topics:

Gender, Occupation, Accent/Dialect

Language, the Individual and Society
This examined unit builds on AS knowledge and skills of Component 1, and also includes the study of Child Language Acquisition, designed to teach candidates about how and why children acquire language, from early stages of sound development to the beginnings of reading & writing.
Language Diversity and Change
This examined unit builds on AS knowledge and skills of component 2 , it also includes the study of these topics: ethnicity, international varieties of English, language change from 1600 to the present day.
Language in Action (Coursework)
A Language Investigation into an area of language of the student's own choice; Original Writing (again with a free choice of writing) with an accompanying commentary
explaining the language choices made.




Future opportunities

Students may go on to study English Language and/or Linguistics at university or college, but the subject is widely accepted for entry onto other courses. Like many AS/A level subjects, English Language is not intended to prepare you directly for a particular occupation. The skills which students develop by taking this course are required in a wide
range of professions and occupations, including journalism and the media, advertising, publishing, law, education, local government and the Civil Service, accountancy, marketing and sales, other service industries, eg: retailing, banking.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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