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English Language AS & A Level at Felpham Community College

Course description

The full A Level course contains 2 examination units and 1 coursework unit. Students are encouraged to explore how language is used in a range of contexts for different purposes and different audiences.

They will reflect upon the influences affecting their own language use, as well as studying how language is adapted depending on social groupings, gender influences and occupation.

They will also explore how children acquire and develop language, while studying how language has changed over time. For the coursework assignment students will be encouraged to investigate an aspect of language that is particularly pertinent to them, linked to a specific interest or field of study. They will also create a text for a specific audience and purpose, creating a commentary that explains in detail the creative and linguistic processes that have been applied.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A*-C grades or equivalent at GCSE including grade 6 or above in English Language.


The A Level units comprise:

  • Unit 1: Language, the individual and society.
  • Unit 2: Language diversity and change.

Both exam units are 2 hours 30 minutes.

  • Unit 3: Non-exam assessment.

A coursework unit for which students will investigate an area of language study of particular interest to them.

They will also create a piece of original writing and related commentary linked to the power of persuasion, storytelling or information.

Further information

Mr D Cooper - Assistant Curriculum Leader: English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Felpham Community College directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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