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AS/A2 English Language at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

This course will build on your study of English from GCSE, but will introduce a lot of new and interesting ideas.

Your study of spoken language, original writing skills and analysis of texts from GCSE will all serve as a foundation for this exciting, challenging and interesting A-Level.

You will need to become an expert observer of both spoken and written English.

How does language behave in different situations, between different groups of people?

How can we describe the ways written and spoken texts follow different types of ‘rules’?

How has language changed?

How do we learn language?

To answer these questions, you will need to learn a linguistic approach to analysing texts.

This means understanding and writing about English grammar, as well as learning about other new methods of looking at language structure:

lexis and semantics, graphology, phonology, discourse and pragmatics.

You will also have to write to published standards and will carry out your own linguistic research.

If you can rise to the challenge of a new grammar, and have an interest in language as part of human behaviour – varying according to whether we are young or older, men or women, and our background – then this course is for you!

AS Paper 1:

Paper 1: Language and the Individual: analysis of texts including a comparative question.

Paper 2: Language Varieties: exploring your understanding of language diversity, including a writing task.

A2 Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society: analysis of texts, including a comparative question; you will also need to be confident and knowledgeable about exploring historical texts and data reflecting children’s language acquisition.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change: exploring your understanding of language diversity including global English, including a writing task. Coursework: Language in Action - two elements including an investigation about an aspect of language you are interested in, and a piece of original writing with a commentary.

You will also be expected to read widely outside the classroom and complete independent studies, research and data collection.

How will I be assessed ?

Your progress will be reviewed on a regular basis, and monitored through regular assessment of taught skills. Internal examinations will provide key indications of your likely achievement.

Who should do this course ?

Students who are confident users of written English, and who have a real interest in the power of language to shape human relationships in a range of different contexts.

You will also be expected to read widely outside the classroom and complete independent studies, to support your learning and research.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take this course should have five GCSE A* - C grades including Maths, with preferably a B or above at GCSE English. Understanding grammar, and writing with accuracy and flair is a key requirement of the course.

You will need good study skills to learn a lot of new concepts, which you will have to revise as you go along.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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