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English Language A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

In the first year, the two main areas are exploring language in context and how language works in different modes. Students will learn about textual variations (spoken and written mode) and representations such as male and female linguistic differences and how power can affect language. The various language levels will be learnt and applied to texts of differing genres. Language analysis and discursive essays will be developed as well as the ability to evaluate and compare texts. Students will conduct research and be prepared to write one original piece on a chosen linguistic area in one of their exam papers.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least a grade C in English Literature and English Language.



Work is externally assessed by AQA in a terminal exam in the first year of 2 papers each of 1 hours and 30 minutes duration which are worth 50% per paper in the first year. In the final year there are two, 2 hour 30 minutes papers (combined worth 80%) and coursework which is worth 20%.

Future opportunities

Careers in journalism, law, communications, PR, media, education. Excellent links to Government and Politics, Law and History related careers and further education courses.Cross curricular links to Psychology, Sociology, Literature and History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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