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English Language AS/A Level at Kennet School

Course description

In Year 12, there are two units, each assessed by examination. In the first unit, you will learn about different text types and the factors that influence writers’ choices. You will also learn about the structure of language including grammar, lexis and phonology. In unit 2, you will explore the way that language is adapted to different situations and contexts. You will also learn how to write for a particular audience, purpose and publication. Issues surrounding accent and dialect will also be explored. Two further units are studied in Year 13, which build on the work from Year 12. You will learn about the complex nature of children’s acquisition of written and spoken language. Then you will explore contemporary issues around language change. This will involve a detailed exploration into the history of the English Language and discussion about the future and spread of English around the world. There is also a coursework element where you will be free to choose an aspect of language to investigate in more detail plus an opportunity to explore writing in different genres.

Course content

You will read and analyse closely, a range of texts from different societies and times. You will also study how children acquire language, using many in-depth grammar techniques. You will also learn about how the language is used differently around the UK and in different situations by different people.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Literature at grade 5 or above.

Future opportunities

Knowing more about language and improving your written and verbal skills can only make you work more effectively in any course or career you wish to follow. Examples of areas students might wish to enter are media, advertising, teaching or journalism. Many universities offer linguistics, creative writing and language-related courses for which English Language is very suitable.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 to 2 Years