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English Language

Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE English Language recommended
Course Content
The course aims to:
– introduce 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, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
– enable students to explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. Students will also be required to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
– allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.

AS Units – Language and the Individual; Language Varieties
A2 Units – Language, the Individual and Society; Language Diversity and Change; Language in Action (Non-exam assessment – Language Investigation and Original Writing)
Style Of Assessment
AS – Two papers (each 50%, both 1 hour 30 minutes)
A2 – Two papers (each 40%, both 2 hours 30 minutes), Non-exam assessment (20%)
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who is interested in reading for English, Law or a Humanities based degree should consider this course. There are also socio-linguistic features of the course which support Sociology and some aspects of Psychology A level courses.

Additionally, anyone who is reading for a humanities-based A level and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation for enhanced essay writing might also find this course extremely useful.
Career Prospects
Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication.
English Literature

Any career which involves analysis, high levels of clear communication or simply a love of literature.

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Course Details
Type of Qualifcation: AS/A2
Exam Board: AQA
Requirements: 6 grade in English Literature recommended
Course Content
Introduces candidates to explore and analyse the written word and aims to encourage students to:
• read widely and independently both set texts and others that they have selected for themselves
• engage creatively with a substantial body of texts and ways of responding to them
• develop and effectively apply their knowledge of literary analysis and evaluation in speech and writing
• explore the contexts of the texts they are reading and others´ interpretations of them
• deepen their understanding of the changing traditions of literature in English.
• develop creative and informed responses to literary texts, using appropriate terminology and concepts, and coherent, accurate written expression.
Style Of Assessment
AS – Two papers (50% each, both 1 hour 30 minutes): Literary genres – Drama; Literary genres – Prose and Poetry, either focusing on tragedy or comedy and including the study of a play by Shakespeare.
A – Two papers (40% each – Paper 1 Literary Genres (2 hrs. 30 mins.); Paper 2 texts and Genres (3 hrs.) Non–exam Assessment (20%, two essays) Theory and Independence
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who is interested in studying for an English, Law or Humanities based degree should consider this course.

English Literature can be studied with Language as separate, com-plementary subjects, whilst Literature can be a useful opinion-based and discursive subject to act as a foil to scientific subjects.

Additionally, the analytical skills required are testing and therefore recognised as being valuable for any given degree course.
Career Prospects
Any career which involves analysis, high levels of clear communication or simply a love of literature.
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