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English Language AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

This specification

• provides students with a natural progression from their GCSE study of English Language

• encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations

• allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

English Language – the systematic science of language - encourages students to develop their interests in and enjoyment of English, through learning about its structure and functions, its development and its variation. It also allows students to develop their ability to express themselves both in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication: to encounter a varied range of reading and to develop their skills of critical and attentive listening.

Course content

Units at AS Level ENGB1: Categorising Texts (examination 60% of AS, 30% of A Level) Introduction to the study of language, focusing on specific contexts: Language and Power and Language and Technology. ENGB2: Creating Texts (coursework 40% of AS, 20% of A Level) Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes (2500-3500 words). Units at A Level ENGB3: Developing Language (examination 30% of total A Level) Builds on AS knowledge and skills, with an additional focus on two new areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. ENGB4: Investigating Language (coursework 20% of total A Level) Candidates produce two pieces: a language investigation and an informative media text (2500-3000).

Assessment

AS: Examination 60% + Coursework 40% A2: Examination 30% of total A Level + Coursework 20% of total A level

Future opportunities

This specification: • provides students with a natural progression from their GCSE study of English Language • encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations • allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres. English Language – the systematic science of language - encourages students to develop their interests in and enjoyment of English, through learning about its structure and functions, its development and its variation. It also allows students to develop their ability to express themselves both in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication: to encounter a varied range of reading and to develop their skills of critical and attentive listening. There are elements of psychology, sociology, media studies, literature, business, politics, religion, law, history and even geography in this course! There is also the opportunity for scientists to explore scientific and mathematical language; the study of language invites a logical and scientific approach. For those who are imaginative, there are many opportunities to develop your creative skills through original and creative writing. All universities and employers are impressed with good literacy and communication skills and the ability to analyse and write texts for different audiences and purposes. Therefore, even if your other subjects are science or maths related, English Language will always enhance your future prospects. This includes possible careers in publishing, education, media and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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