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English Language A Level at Kingswood Secondary Academy

Course description

Ever wondered why English spelling is so complicated? Or why
we talk about the weather so much? Studying English will
help you to understand the factors that influence what we say
and the way we say it.

Course content

AS – Unit 1: Categorising Texts
– In this unit you will learn to understand and explain the
linguistic links between a wide variety of different texts –
such as advertisements, leaflets, blurbs, comic books and
posters. This will require you to analyse these texts using
various language frameworks, such as Phonetics (how
language sounds); Semantics (how language creates
meaning) and Pragmatics (how language works in
specific contexts).
You will also be exploring the relationship between the
language we use and the society we live in. So for example
we will examine the extent to which our gender and power
influence the way we use language in both written and
spoken form.
Unit 2: (coursework) Creating Texts
– In this unit you will have the chance to write 2 creative
pieces, using models from the media – e.g. novels,
newspapers or blogs.
Secondly you will need to analyse your own writing,
explaining your choices linguistically.
A2 – Unit 3: Developing Language
– You will explore the ways in which young children learn to
speak, read and write, examining various theories about
how the brain processes language.
You will also explore the history of the English language –
from its beginning in Friesian to the global and everexpanding
language we use today.
Unit 4: (Investigating Language)
– In this unit you get the chance to make your first individual
contribution to the world’s knowledge of English \linguistics,
by conducting your own research project and writing it up.
You will then be required to transform your academic
research into an entertaining media piece.


Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades at GCSE including B grade or above in English language.


– The coursework units account for 40% of the marks.
– There are two examinations, one for AS (2 hours) and one
at for A2 (2.30 hours).

Future opportunities

English Language can be pursued at degree level and
would go well with an interest in journalism/media, sociology
or psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingswood Secondary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 09 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years