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English Language AS Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

Course description

The course is suited to students who have a love of the English Language and who want to know how it came to exist in its current form, what influences language change and how language is used and adapted in different social contexts. Students will need to be prepared to research independently and to read widely. A strong memory is an asset as there will be plenty of new terminology to become familiar with at different stages of the course. A willingness to be evaluative, critical and analytical is a necessity. This course is not an exercise in creative writing; it is an almost scientific study of language, involving students in a critical investigation of the way the English Language works.

Course content

Students complete two units at AS Level. The first explores the topic of language and the individual, where they study how language is used to create meanings and the representations these create. Students will acquire a broad range of linguistic terminology to allow them to critique and analyse a range of texts.

Unit 2 requires them to explore the topic of language diversity and will engage in a study of varieties of English use linked to a range of source materials. The examination linked to this unit will require the writing of two discursive essays, one of which will demand they explore aspects of language diversity and the other asking them to explore attitudes to language.

Entry requirements

At least a Grade C in GCSE English Language or English Literature.


Two terminal examinations each worth 50% of the final qualification.

Future opportunities

Journalism, Teaching, Management, Publishing, Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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