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English Language A level at Chace Community School

Course description

This course looks at the English Language and how it is used. Unit 1 of the A Level course focuses on how language is used differently in a variety of social contexts.  Unit 2 looks at language varieties and how language changes depending on contextual factors. Unit 3 is both an investigative and creative module where you will be asked to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise in order to produce an original piece of writing. 

Almost all of the work will be based around skills of researching, reading, discussing and writing about the way we use language. You will learn how to evaluate language using sophisticated linguistic terminology for a variety of texts taken from everyday sources.  A small component of the course will also require you to produce your own example of fictional and non-fictional writing.   

Entry requirements

This course is for pupils who have attained a grade B or above in GCSE English Language and a grade B in English Literature.

The course suits learners who have a methodological brain and enjoy deconstructing texts, whilst simultaneously exploring why writers use language in certain ways. The course will be a great choice for students who are enthusiastic about learning new terminology and open to trying a range of new approaches to reading texts. A genuine passion for reading both fiction and non-fiction texts is required! You can do both English Literature and Language as they are very different courses and are accepted as separate subjects at university but you should seek advice if you do want to do this as it does limit your range of subject areas. 


A Level course: Three components over two years comprising of: 

•       One exam based on: Language, the Individual and Society (40%) 

•       One exam based on: Language Diversity and Change (40%)

•       Non exam assessment: Language in Action (20%) 

Future opportunities

Careers in teaching, journalism, writing, television, film, theatre and advertising are often launched with a qualification in English Language, particularly when combined with an English degree. This could also lead to a career within the field of Social Work, for example, speech therapy. 


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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  • Start date: Next September