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English Language, AS/A2 at Christ The King College

Course description

How much of what you think and feel is actually YOU?
Have you ever stopped and looked at an advert or read an editorial and thought about how much these really influence how you think about yourself and the world around you? Have you ever fancied yourself a future writer, like Hunter S. Thompson, writing for Rolling Stone or John Grogan, the columnist who wrote ‘Marley and Me?’ Have
you ever thought about how children acquire language? Who do you think talks more? Men or women? These questions and more are the fuel that feeds the study of English Language at A Level.

Course content

You will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of Language concepts which will enable you to analyse texts critically and systematically. Synthesising these skills will enable you to create a variety of distinct texts and styles..

Entry requirements

English Language (and preferably Literature too) at Grade B or above. A love of language and fascination about how it works


Two terminal exams in Year 12, both of 90 minutes duration, each counting for 50% of the AS Level.
These papers will focus on Language and the Individual and Language Varieties. This will include a directed writing task on a topical Language issue.
Year 13 also is assessed by two terminal examinations in addition to a piece of independent Language research.
The examinations will focus on Child Language Development and Language Diversity and Change.

Future opportunities

English Language is a useful qualification for a variety of career paths such as teaching, psychology, speech therapy, media and business – in fact any career where communication is valuable or valued. It is helpful for university degree courses in English / Linguistics, English Literature, Psychology, Business Studies, Journalism, Media, History, Sociology, Health and Social Care…the list goes on.

Further information

This course will develop your skills in close analysis of language, how meaning is created and communicated and you will extend your own skills as a writer and communicator. You will need to work well as part of a group but also independently, undertaking and managing independent work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ The King College directly.

Last updated date: 22 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years