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English Language AS/A2 Level at St Philip Howard Catholic High School

Course description

Anyone who is interested in reading for English, Law or a Humanities based degree should consider this course. There are also socio-linguistic features of the course which support Sociology and some aspects of Psychology A level courses.

Course content

The course aims to:
– introduce students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children´s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
– enable students to explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. Students will also be required to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
– allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. 

AS Units – Language and the Individual; Language Varieties
A2 Units – Language, the Individual and Society; Language Diversity and Change; Language in Action (Non-exam assessment – Language Investigation and Original Writing)

Entry requirements

B grade in English Language recommended.


AS – Two papers (each 50%, both 1 hour 30 minutes); A2 – Two papers (each 40%, both 2 hours 30 minutes), Non-exam assessment (20%).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Philip Howard Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 11 December 2015
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