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English Language GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

No matter which career you finally choose, you will need to use the English Language effectively. Just think - if you go for an interview for college or unviersity, apply for a job, or even ask for a pay rise - you will need those skills!

Course content

This course helps you to think about and analyse both the written and spoken language you and others you. How does a conversation work? How does a baby learn to speak? Do women and men speak differently? Why do we change our language style to speak to different people? You will cover these areas of language study, including being given the opportunity to write two pieces of coursework for different audiences.

Entry requirements

You will need to achieve a grade C or above in GCSE English or English Language.



Unit 1: Categorising Texts

This unit covers the introductory aspects of the study of language, using a variety of texts for the basis of the study. In addition, it focuses on three specific topic areas: Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology.

2 hour examination = 60% of the total AS marks

Unit 2: Creating Texts

In this unit, you will be encouraged to develop your writing skills, producing writing in different genres and for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Coursework = 40% of the total AS marks

2500-3000 words

Future opportunities

Studying English Language will provide you with life long skills needed in many fields. The subject complements both the arts and science based subjects in Sixth Form and at university. It can lead to careers in education/teaching, journalism, public sector work, social and youth work; almost any career can benefit from the study of language.

Further information

English Language is a fascinating and popular course, which will change the way you view words. You will have the opportunity to participate in a cultural trip to London, and support students lower down the school in the Literacy Leaders programme. Language is power: English Language students at Weatherhead have gone on to become successful and influential professionals; with careers including journalism, teaching and positions within the BBC.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year