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English Language AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

This course introduces students to the systematic study of how language is used: topics such as how children acquire language, how language has changed through time, how it reflects society, and how it can vary according to class, age, gender and location of the user. The course provides opportunities to translate theory into practice through personal research into an area of language use, editorial writing and original writing.

Course content

At AS, students will focus on two areas of language study: Language and the Individual and Language Varieties.  Within these topics they will cover a range of data and a variety of extracts.  Text types could include: magazine, social media, text messaging and adverts.
At A level, students will focus on three areas of langauge study; Language, the Individual and Society, Language Varieites and Change and Language in action.  Within these topics they cover a range of text types and data and a variety of extracts.  Text types could include; magazines, social media, text messaging and adverts.  They will also complete  a Language Investigation..

Entry requirements

A GCSE 5 in English Language and a 5 in English Literature.

Completion of AS to grade E or above is needed to progress to the A Level.


At AS Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations, each worht 50% of the final AS grade.  Each examination lasts for 1.5 hours.

At A Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations, each worth 40% of the final A Level grade and an Investigation worth 20%.

Future opportunities

Degree in English as well as links with a range of subjects in Higher Education, both academic and vocational; a wide range of options available with or without a degrees:  Law, Accountancy, Marketing, Personnel/Human Resources, Media, Banking, Local Government, Civil Service, Charities, Insurance, Retailing, The Arts - and Teaching.

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: 15 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS, 2 years for A Level