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AS/A2 English Language at Cockburn John Charles Academy

Course description

The aim of the course is to encourage and develop an enjoyment and understanding of the systematic written and spoken structure and use of English Language involving the analysis of language in all its modes. Students look at the way language works, both in terms of the way it is put together and the way it affects other people. In addition, students look at the way language shapes their own view of the world and other people. Students learn to use these skills, not only to analyse others' language, but also to produce their own writing and undertake language investigations.

Course content

In Year 12 all students will undertake the study of two modules. The first, Seeing through Language, will look at written, spoken, electronic language, stylistic analysis of language and how children acquire language. Module 2, Representation and Language, is assessed as coursework. The result of the first year's assessment will be the achievement of the AS level. If the student is successful at this level they will be able to continue onto Year 13 where they will study for the full A2 level. A 'C' grade at AS is preferable. A2 consists of two further modules. Language Explorations (exam) and Language Investigations and interventions (coursework) are examined at the end of Year 13.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* to C or equivalent with a minimum of grade B GCSE English Language and grade B in GCSE English Literature.

Future opportunities

Many career paths look favourably on English Language - Journalism and Law are two.  Good A-Levels to combine it with are English Literature, History and Media. It is a useful third or fourth A level for students intending to read Science or Medicine.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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  • Start date: Next September