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English Language A-Level at Kenton School

Course description

The AS course is divided into two main areas of study: Language of the Individual and Representations and Varieties of Language. The A Level course builds on these areas with the added study of Language in Society and Language Change. You will also conduct a Language investigation on a topic of your own choice as well as write a commentary to accompany your work.

Course content

At AS Level you will study:

  • Textual Variations and Representations: Two texts, linked by topic or theme.
  • Language Diversity- A discursive essay on Language Diversity
  • Language Discourses- A directed writing task on attitudes to language
  • Textual Variations and Representations-Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.


At A Level you will build on your knowledge of the topics at AS as well as studying:

  • Children's Language Development- A discursive essay on children’s Language Development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal texts
  • A Language Investigation into Language in Action on a topic of your own choice.

Entry requirements

Students are required to have a minimum of B gradein GCSE English.


Syllabus/Exam Board/Level

English Language, AQA, AS/A Level

At AS level the course is assessed by 2, 1 ½ written examinations both worth 50% of the final qualification.

A Level the course is assessed by 2, 2 hour written examination, each worth 40% of the final qualification and a 2500-3500 word essay and a piece of Original Writing and Commentary of 1500 words worth 20% of the final qualification

Future opportunities

This qualification has a broad appeal, especially at AS Level, where it would be a useful qualification for most degree courses and areas of employment. This A Level is a useful qualification for anyone who wishes to pursue the following careers: Journalism, Law, Public Relations, Public Administration, Teaching, Advertising.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years