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English Language AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level marks and grades. If a student leaves the course after AS then this new type of the AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the A level course then it is only the assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


The first unit of study introduces students to language study, using methods of analysis (language frameworks) to explore textual variety and concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. In the second unit, students will study a range of examples of language in use and research data, examining texts aimed at certain groups or written for certain purposes to determine how and why language varies.


(Studied in the first year) Students are introduced to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

(Studied in the second year) The second unit, Language Diversity and Change, will focus on language discourses and how texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions.

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.

Entry requirements

- An interest in the analysis and construction of writing and in how language works

- An interest in language issues in media and pop culture

- A readiness to learn and use new terminology

- A willingness to develop confidence to challenge assumptions and to view topics from a new perspective

- Organisational skills

- Problem solving and analytic skills


2 Papers. Each exam is:

• 1 hour 30 minutes

• 70 marks

• 50% of AS

2 Papers. Each exam is:

• 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level

Students will also create a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) as well as a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total). Word count for both pieces will be a total of 3,500 words worth 100 marks. This non exam assessment is worth 20% of the A-level mark and is assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA

Future opportunities

The AS English Language course provides a broad base of skills for a variety of undergraduate degrees and careers including: history, journalism, publishing, law, psychology, TEFL teaching, foreign languages, speech therapy, politics, media career and much more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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