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English Language AS/A2 at The King Alfred School

Course description

If you enjoy exploring how language works and creating your own texts, you will enjoy studying English language.

Studying this subject will help you understand how spoken and written language is used. You will consider the impact that purpose, audience and context have on how language is understood, as well as looking at how we acquire language and how it changes over time. English language is an academic subject which will help you to write coherently and critically, as well as developing important transferable skills. You will be encouraged to actively engage with everyday language analytically, to think critically and to effectively communicate your understanding.


Paper1: Exploring Language (Section A:Language under the microscope; section B: writing about a topical language issue; section C: Comparing and contrasting texts) - written exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Paper2: Dimesions of linguistic variation (Section A:Child language acquisition; section B: Language in the media; section C: Language change) - written exam lasting 2 hours 30 minutes.

Non-exam assessment: Independent language research (Task one:An independent investigation of language, 2000-2500 words; task two: Design an academic psoter, 750-1000 words).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Alfred School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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