A Level English Language at St Mary's RC High School
The current A Level English Language course aims to combine learning about the nature and functions of
language, with the development of a variety of different writing skills.
The specification for English Language at AS/A2 level is designed to engage students in a study of the
nature and functions of the English language in a stepped and coherent way.
The course maintains a balance between theoretical knowledge about language and practical
investigation and the further development of personal expertise in reading and writing.
There are four modules provided. The two AS modules will enable students to explore the fundamental
structures and functions of writing, speech and conversations and how language functions in different
social contexts. At A2 the nature and functions of language are explored and developments under the
influence of a variety of contextual factors are analysed and evaluated creatively.
AS consists of categorising and creating texts.
Unit 1 explores and understands spoken and written language in use. The roles of purposes,
audiences and contexts and their impact upon language production and reception are
explored. A variety of extracts from everyday sources are analysed and investigated.
Topics covered include: Gender, Power and Technology.
Unit 2 is coursework, consisting of two pieces of writing differentiated in terms of purpose,
audience and genre with accompanying commentaries.
A2 consists of a written paper and coursework section.
Unit 3 There is the study both of language acquisition and the social development of children
from 0 – 11 years and also the changes, historical and contemporary, in the
development of the English language.
Unit 4 A personal investigation which explores and analyses language data and a production of
a media text linked with the investigation topic which focuses on the language ideas and
issues surrounding it. This unit is coursework.
Students considering English Language should have grade B or above in GCSE English Language. It is
expected that students will have a real interest in writing, in reading and in language as a whole subject
area. Students will be expected to be able to work in groups and on their own. The capacity for hard
work is, of course, essential.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary's RC High School directly.