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English Language AS A2 at Wrenn Academy

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Ever wanted to know how children learn language in the first place?  Or how the careful use of language can be a hugely powerful tool in every area of life?  Since 1999, English Language A Level has been offered to Sixth Form students at Wrenn and they have been delving into the richly rewarding study of the thing which has made almost anything seem possible for the human race – our ability to use language!What Will I Study?Like A Level Literature, we have chosen AQA’s specification as we believe it offers the best route to exam success as well as providing a stimulating and enjoyable course of study which offers assessment through both examinations and coursework.Emphasis in this course is placed on the understanding of the central importance of language in everyday lives.  Students are encouraged to think and investigate and to develop intellectual and creative independence through a range of stimulating activities.  Students will have the opportunity to produce their own creative writing, learn how language is acquired from infancy through to adulthood, learn about linguistics and the way language is constructed and to look at the ways language is used in different areas of life.Like all other A Levels now, the course is split into two, with AS qualifications taken in year 12 and the full A Level in year 13.  It is organised into the following modules:AS1.                  Introduction to Language2.                  Language and Social Contexts3.                  Original WritingA2 (A level)4.                  Investigating Language5.                  Language Production6.                  Language DevelopmentHow Will I Study?English Language students will experience a wide range of learning styles, so that everyone is catered for.  While much will be learned in lessons, a great deal of the students’ learning centres around them developing intellectual independence, using private study time to research various topics, to get ready for group presentations and to prepare for lessons.  In lessons, there is a mixture of text-based learning and discussion, looking at how and why language affects people in the way it does.  This will lead to essays, creative writing, research projects and presentations – something to enthuse everyone!So, Why Opt for English Language?·        Because it’s fascinating!·        It will prepare you well for university and the world of work.·        It fits in well with most other choices of subjects, either in a contrasting role or as a complement to languages, humanities, media or arts.·        It will develop your abilities to question, to think and to communicate.·        It will give you a detailed insight into something that most people take for granted, but in which you will become an expert.

Entry requirements

You need at least a grade C in English and in English Literature as well as grade Cs in at least three other subjects

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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