English Language AS/A2 at Stanborough School
This course provides a thorough grounding in the English Language looking at
methods of exploring both written and spoken language texts.
The course provides opportunities to consider how the English language works within
different contexts and how those contexts impact upon language production and
reception. You will be encouraged to consider different audiences and purposes and also
to consider your own language use.
You will develop an understanding of the approaches and methods needed to
analyse a range of everyday texts. You will need a genuine interest in understanding
how language creates meaning, secure writing skills, an open mind and a willingness
to enter into debate and discussion.
In the first year, you will study how to categorise a range of texts looking at
classification and linguistic methods. You will also look at how language produces
cultural values and assumptions within the contexts of power, gender and technology.
There are also two pieces of coursework to complete which will require you to produce
a folder comprising of two pieces of original writing, and two commentaries which
explore the writing process and assess the success of the individual pieces you have
In the second year you will be expected to develop your skills and knowledge from
your AS studies, with an additional focus on two new topics, the acquisition of
language by children and the development of and changes in English over time. There
is also a coursework unit to develop your ability to explore and analyse language data
through a variety of methods. The coursework folder will comprise of two individual
pieces of writing; firstly, a language investigation and secondly, a media text.
This course is an excellent basis for further study or entry into a range
English GCSE A*-CAPS: 40 or above
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanborough School directly.