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English Language AS A2 at Weston Favell Academy

Course content

Unit 1           Spoken English: You will focus on speech, accent and dialect.  You will learn about the features which are characteristic of spoken (as opposed to written) English and how to analyse the structural features of the language people use. Unit 2            Variation in the Usage of English: You will study some specific areas of language variation such as advertising, television, journalism, e-languages, film, the music industry, magazines, finance, politics. How the language varies according to context or situation will form part of your studies.   You will also study how a child acquires language. Unit 3           (Coursework) Experiments in Writing: You will produce a folder containing two original pieces of writing.  You will also include a commentary, explaining and evaluating the language you have used. A2 (Year 13)Unit 4           Language Contexts:  You will learn about language and gender; language and society; contemporary influences on language; how language changes over time; language and speech sounds and meaning. Unit 5           (Coursework) Language Re-search Topic: You will conduct a piece of original research connected with thestudy of language. You will choose the subject yourself.  The range is vast, e.g. language and technology, child language acquisition, accent and dialect, language and the performing media, the language of advertising, the language of sport, the linguistic features of British Sign Language, analysing graffiti in Northampton. Unit 6          Exploring, Analysing and Evaluating English:  You will analyse spoken and written English from many sources, including first-hand accounts, taped interviews, journalism, diaries, letters, media texts, fiction and drama.

Entry requirements

You need at least a C at GCSE level to start the AS Level.  As with all A Levels you require a minimum of 5 GCSE passes, or equivalent, at C and above.


The coursework units account for 30% of the marks. There are two examinations at the end of Year 12 (total 3 hours) and two at the end of Year 13 (total 4 hours +15 minutes’ reading time).

Future opportunities

Too numerous to mention!  English is utilised in a variety of careers and is a recognised A Level used to gain entry onto many University degree courses.  Ask a member of staff for more details.

Further information

Many practical activities take place well away from the classroom, such as recording 3/4 year olds at local nurseries and interviewing the general public, family and friends.  Students have the freedom to develop and explore their own chosen topics for the coursework units.This is an enjoyable course equally relevant to both Arts and Science students. English is at the centre of the Arts and can be complemented by many other Arts subjects such as History and Modern Languages.  It can also be a valuable contrast to scientific, technological and economics-based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weston Favell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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