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English Language AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Within the English Language course, students will enjoy the challenge of exploring, analysing and interpreting the numerous and varied texts which surround them. Initially, studies concentrate on issues within the English language, such as how individuals gain power using words, what text messages reveal about the sender and whether women always talk about shopping and men, football. In addition, students will produce a range of creative texts as part of their coursework, e.g. websites, advertisements, broadsheet newspaper or magazine articles.

Course content

At A2, the course offers a rich study of the constant and rapid changes occurring within written and spoken English, e.g. slang usage amongst young people, how individual words can change meaning over time and how the media is influential in this. Alongside Language Change, students will investigate how children learn to speak, read and write, from 0 to 11 years old. Looking at children’s writing, story books and their early conversations with parents, students get an insight into the amazing acquisition of language.

Finally, the A2 coursework really enables students to put into practice their knowledge and skills. Students conduct an investigation into an area which they have particularly enjoyed during the course, e.g. ‘Does your accent help or hinder?’, ‘How do teachers use language to influence and control pupils?’ and ‘The language of MSN’.

Entry requirements

It is preferable that students have achieved a Grade B or above at GCSE Level English Language. An enjoyment of English and the related cultural and historical issues is a must.


Unit 1: Categorising Texts

  • 30% of A-Level (60% AS)
  • Formal Examination Externally Assessed

Unit 2: Creating Texts (Coursework)

  • 20% of A-Level (40% AS)
  • Internally Assessed Externally Moderated

Unit 3: Developing Language

  • 30% of A-Level
  • Formal Examination Externally Assessed

Unit 4: Investigating Language (Coursework)

  • 20% of A-Level
  • Internally Assessed Externally Moderated

Future opportunities

Students may go on to study Linguistics, Creative Writing, Sociology, Forensic, Linguistics, Journalism, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Psychology and English Language and Literature.

Students can pursue a variety of challenging and exciting career paths ranging from journalism, public relations, media, law, teaching English overseas, anthropology and advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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