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English Language at Chislehurst School for Girls

Course description

This two year course offers the opportunity for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will develop their skills writing discursively about language issues in an academic essay. They will develop their analytical skills and extend their vocabulary taking on new linguistic terminology. Students will also gain confidence writing in a variety of styles when producing their own original writing.

Course content

Component 1: ‘Language, the Individual and Society.‟

The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children‟s language development. It introduces 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.


Component 2: ‘Language Diversity and Change.’

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time. Students will study language in its wider social geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change from 1600 to the present day. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes and why our language is so diverse.


Component 3: ‘Language in Action’ (coursework).

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and reflect upon their own writing expertise. Students will produce – a language investigation (2,000 words), a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

Entry requirements

Minimum Grade B at GCSE/iGCSE in English Language and English Literature. Students must be prepared to study independently, read a range of material, write essays, carry out and then write up an investigation and produce original writing.


Components 1 and 2 are examined units taken at the end of Year 13 and carry a weighting of 40% each. Component 3 is coursework worth 20%

Future opportunities

Many students continue to study English at degree level as an individual subject or in combination with another discipline. This year three students opted to study Language and Linguistics at university with another opting to study Journalism. Many students study different subjects but value the skills and knowledge which this course has given them. The analytical skills practised and the level of literacy that this course promotes, are valuable in all courses and careers that require you to communicate.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 May 2015
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