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English Language (AS and A Level) at Morecambe Community High School

Course description

If you choose to study English Language at A-level (AQA) you will immerse yourself in the nuts and bolts of our language: where our words come from and how they are formed; all the different meanings they can hold and the rules we use (and break) to string them together in written and spoken texts that can forge relationships, persuade, amuse, offend, delight, soothe and inspire.

Course content

In the preface to his wonderful Cambridge Encyclopedia of the English Language, David Crystal poses the question of why we should study Language. Here are some of his answers:

Because it’s fascinating – think how often or language appears in conversation – commenting on accents and dialects, ‘accuracy’ or appropriateness, swearing, or just wondering where a word has come from.

Because it’s important – As English becomes the chief means of communication between nations, it is crucial to ensure that it is taught accurately and efficiently, and to understand changes in its structure and use.

Because it’s fun – think of all the word games that exist: Crosswords, Scrabble, Boggle, Hangman, anagrams, Countdown…

Because it’s useful – Understanding the complexities of language gives us the power to persuade others, to explain things clearly, to surprise and entertain and to control our own destinies. It also helps us to recognise the tricky ways people use it to influence us, and to win arguments.

The key difference in the new specification we are offering is the separation of the 2 qualifications.

In year 12 you will study the AS qualification. In year 13 you will then study the A Level qualification.

Future opportunities

English Language and English Literature are well respected by employers and university admissions officers. The top 20 universities in the UK (The Russell Group) will now only consider students with two facilitator subjects at A-level of which English Language and English Literature are two.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Morecambe Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

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