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A Level - English Language at Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy

Course description

English Language at AS Level explores the world of words; both spoken and written. You will analyse the ways in which language is consciously used in all manner of texts: travel writing, monologues; leaflets; charity letters; emails; promotional materials and even your own text messages! You will be expected to compare or group texts according to purposes and audiences, exploring the grammatical and graphological features. Social aspects which influence texts will be studied: gender; power and technology.

Coursework comprises of two differentiated pieces of your own writing, with supporting commentaries to show how much you have learnt!

At A2 level, you will continue the analysis of texts, focusing on how children acquire reading, writing and speaking skills, whilst exploring the history of our rich and varied language, dating back to 1700.

Your coursework unit in this year will be a completely independent language investigation: the topic is your own choice.

Further opportunities:

Many of our students go on to complete their university education in English language, linquistics, media or similar subjects. A qualification in Enbglish at AS or A2 level can help to develop your skills in written and spoken communication, as well as offering you an insight into the world of words and an understanding of why people talk in different ways. Come along and ask if you have any questions.

Entry requirements

Should have achieved at least 5 GCSE grades A* - C and a minimum grade B in English Language

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lord Lawson of Beamish Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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