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English Language A Level at Highfields School

Course description

It’s a systematic study of the use of English in everyday contexts. Therefore you will learn how to analyse a diverse range of texts including examples such as conversation between a hairdresser and their client, an advertisement for a nightclub or a washing label from a pair of jeans. You will also discover how sociological and psychological factors such as gender and power have an impact on the way language is produced. To do this you will need to learn lots of new technical terms, investigate your own and others’ language use and understand established theories about language.

Course content

AS Course content
Language and the individual: Looks at how language is used to create meaning in different contexts and explores audience, purpose, genre, mode and Representation.
Language Varieties: Looks at the different dialects of English within the British Isles and also at the language of different groups (e.g. social, occupational, ethnic, class, age, gender, sexuality, disabilities). Students will also explore attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity.
A2 Course content
In addition to the AS topics you will study:

  • Children’s language development from 0-11 years
  • Language change from 1600 to the present day
  • Global English (study of varieties of English used across the world)
  • A language investigation of 2000 words excluding data
  • A piece of original writing and commentary of 1500 words


AS assessment criteria
Two exams each worth 50% of AS
A2 assessment criteria
Two exams worth 40% each and coursework worth 20%

Future opportunities

  • Journalism and the media
  • Teaching
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Legal Profession
  • Any job with an emphasis on communication

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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