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English Language AS/A at Ormskirk School

Course description

The method of study for this subject is far more systematic than that which students will have encountered at GCSE: students' writing and observations on language need to be placed in a framework of theoretical understanding, using appropriate terminology. Knowledge of grammar – though not tested in its own right – underpins all aspects of the course. The areas of theoretical knowledge covered include the principles of language change; language as a social phenomenon and children's acquisition of language. These are tested by examinations based on the analysis of textual data. The skills of original writing, stylistic analysis and text editing are tested using a combination of exams and coursework. Students of English Language need to be self-motivated and to have a natural curiosity about language. The subject is so broad that only a fraction of the possible material can be covered in class; successful students are able to observe, record and comment on features of language in the world around them, from the print media to everyday conversation. It is recommended that students should have achieved a grade B in GCSE English Language. Students who have not achieved a Grade C will find the option very difficult.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in English Language or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, or Editor. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years