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ENGLISH LANGUAGE - AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The Crypt School

Course description

Both AS & A2 English Language are one year courses and are offered as part of a full time study programme

Course content

AS Level:

• You develop confidence and fluency in using and discussing vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures and text types. You become an authority amongst your social group on how to use language accurately and effectively.

• You learn to sharpen you creative writing skills so that you can imply ideas subliminally and encourage or discourage attitudes in your readers.

A2 Level: • You gain specialism in conducting social science investigations, overlapping with skills in sociology and psychology, studying the everyday speech of those around you.

• You learn how language has changed through history and how it varies across the world. This includes those fascinating facts about where words come from and what their Greek and Latin roots mean – the kind of knowledge that you can drop into a conversation and gain instant respect for your intellect!

Entry requirements

As well as the standard Crypt Sixth form entry requirements, a minimum of a B grade at GCSE ENglish Language is required (GCSE English is less suitable but will be considered)


AS Level:

• One coursework task exploring how texts create attitudes (20%)

• One coursework task of creative writing (20%)

• One exam (2 hours) with two essay questions (60%): One question on analysing the language in an unseen text; One question on how children learn language.

A2 Level: • One coursework task investigating spoken language (20%)

• One coursework task of creative writing (20%)

• One exam (2 hours) with two essay questions (60%): One question on way language has changed across time, referring to an unseen text; One question on theories and attitudes to language change and variation.

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Future opportunities

• You get credibility on your CV by having a qualification that is traditional and well-understood by employers and universities.

• Journalism is an obvious career path. However, you get technical competence with language that opens doors to everything. If you can think of a job where you don’t need to speak, listen, read or write well, then you have thought of a job that you wouldn’t want anyway.

• You get language skills that make all other learning easier, especially for handling the complex language demands of university courses. Study of foreign languages especially is much easier with a technical command of your own language.

Further information

Who should apply for the course?

• People who like getting technical about words and grammar

• People who enjoy creative writing

• People who like to have “impressive” knowledge

• People who like a course with a semi-scientific approach

• People who are interested in exploring how stereotypes are made and how they can be broken

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Both AS & A Level are 1 year courses