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St Peter's
Catholic School

English Language

Mrs N Shearer-Freyne

Head of English

The Team

Mrs R Hillage          Teacher of English
Miss C Taylor Second in Department

Introduction to the Department

At Key Stage 5, we offer both English Language and English Literature A levels, examined through ACA.  English Language covers both the theoretical  and practical language use.  It encompasses the study of a wide range of texts, both spoken and written.

Why Study English?

A Level English Language is an interesting and rewarding course, covering both the theoretical aspects of language and practical language use.  It is a fascinating subject as it encompasses the study of a wide range of texts, both spoken and written.  It also gives students the chance to be creative, producing texts for real life situations.  Any career which involves communicating will be enhanced by the study of A Level English Language.

The specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.  The course explores the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to persue lines of enquiry, debate different views and work independently to research aspects of language in use.  Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual  cognition.  The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert power in society is also fundamental to the course.

Course Content

  • A Level Paper 1– Language, the Individual and  Society
  • A Level Paper 2– Language Diversity and Change
  • Non-examination assessment- Language in Action

Course Requirements

Grade 5 at GCSE English Language and English Literature is recommended. The most important skill is the ability to write accurately and coherently. It is also important to be able to read texts closely and to use a variety of new terms and expressions in describing the ways writers and speakers are using language.