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English Language A-Level at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

Students who have enjoyed English Language at GCSE and in particular the creative writing element will find much in the course that is familiar. The AS Language student will want to explore the features of a range of language texts and analyse the effects created in a different contexts. You will be able to think analytically and enjoy language in all its variety. You will be able to produce creative work under tight deadlines and want to review and redraft work to match audience and purpose.

Course content

What will I study?

The English Language course encourages you to develop your interest in and enjoyment of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its development and its variations. It also allows you to develop your ability to express yourself both in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication; to encounter a varied range of reading and to develop your skills of critical and attentive listening. Having been introduced to the methods used to classify different texts you will begin, in independent settings, to apply your developing knowledge of a range of linguistic methods to adverts, speech, instructional and informative texts to name but a few. You will then begin to explore how gender, power and then technology shape language. You will be introduced to a wide range of theories and research to do with language study, and debate their relevance to your own findings. In the spring term students embark on coursework in creative writing and are taught how to write commentaries on their own work.

How will I learn?

Learning takes place in a range of contexts and styles including independent research. You will learn through a mixture of informal discussion, research-based activities, film and text analysis – most of which will be done in small groups, listening to each other’s ideas and interpretations. There is potential for visits to see language being used in different contexts, as well as the possibility of having people in to help you with your investigative work

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades A* - C including English Language.


Both AS and A2 will be assessed through a combination of written exams and coursework. At AS Module 1 is an exam and is worth 60% of the final grade. Module 2 is the coursework and involves producing two creative pieces of writing for differently purposes and audiences. The coursework makes up 40% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

You could continue to study to degree level in areas such as Journalism, Advertising, Multimedia Design, Teaching, Writing, PR, and Marketing.

In recent years students have gone on to study English Language, Creative Writing, Journalism, Business Studies, English Literature and media studies at University. Jobs in journalism, television, radio and the culture industries in general are popular destinations for successful students.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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