English Language AS & A level at Stowupland High School
You will be building on your innate knowledge of the English language. The course requires you to understand and analyse how language effects are achieved and then replicate them in your own original writing.
Students who are most successful on this course are those who have a genuine interest in the written and spoken word, both in terms of analysing others’ texts and creating their own. You will need at least a ‘C’ grade in GCSE English Language and English Literature. A grade ‘B’ for GCSE English Language is strongly recommended
At AS you will be assessed in two 1½ hour exams worth 50% each. The topics will be Language and the Individual and Language Varieties.
At A2 you will be assessed via two 2½ hour exams worth 40% each and one piece of ‘non-exam assessment’: a language investigation worth the remaining 20%. The topics for A2 revisit those from AS, encouraging greater range and depth of study.
English Language is a very versatile subject and its analytical nature means that it appeals as much to Arts and Humanities’ students as it does to those who are interested in Maths and Science. Previous English Language students have gone on to study Law, Journalism, Speech Therapy, Teaching and Linguistics. Please note that if you are considering studying English Literature at university that A level English Literature would be better preparation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stowupland High School directly.