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Grade B in GCSE English Language and Grade B in GCSE English Literature.
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Exam Board: Edexcel
Additional Information: Students with a Grade C in English Literature will only be accommodated as demand for places allows.
English Language AS Level is a varied and interesting course that provides you with opportunities to study spoken and written language in a range of contexts. You will be analysing a wide range of texts in different modes, including the spoken language of conversation and formal situations, various written forms including newspapers, magazines and literary fiction, as well as blended modes such as text messaging, MSN and email. You will also be expected to produce one piece of creative writing for a range of possible audiences, as well as a small scale research project into a language issue. How children's language develops is another interesting area that is considered. The course will include studying your own speech and how you relate to other people in conversation. You will be exploring how language influences how we see ourselves, other people and how it reveals the preoccupations and concerns of our society.
The second year of the course builds on areas already covered during the study of the AS Level as well as developing an understanding of how and why language changes and the different varieties of English spoken around the British Isles and around the world. For your coursework, you will be required to carry out a piece of individual research which will give you the opportunity to conduct an investigation of a particular area of language use that you have found interesting, and to write a short journalistic piece explaining a language issue such as slang or patois to a mainstream audience.
N.B: English Language may be studied alongside English Literature across both years but this is recommended only for very capable students who are following a 4 or 5 A Level programme of study.