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English Language AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

This is an A‐Level in English Language, through which learners will develop a deep knowledge of how English language works and a secure understanding of the language system. They will explore data and examples of language in use and apply concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language. All learners will undertake an independent investigation in an area of particular and individual interest, and develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language. They are expected to engage creatively with topical issues relevant to language in use and develop their interest in and enjoyment of English.

Course content

  • Linguistic analysis of authentic texts.
  • Original writing for a real‐world purpose on a topical language issue.
  • Analysis of how children acquire language.
  • Language in the media.
  • How language changes over time.
  • An investigation into an area of each learner’s particular individual interest.

Entry requirements

B grade in English Language at GCSE


Exploring language

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Written paper
  • 40% of total A level

Dimensions of linguistic variation

  • 80 marks
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Written paper
  • 40% of total A level

Independent language research

  • 40 marks
  • Non examined assessment
  • 20% of total A level

Future opportunities

  • Journalism and media careers
  • Teaching careers
  • Marketing, advertising and PR careers
  • Publishing careers
  • Civil service careers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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