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English Language at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject will be offered in Option Blocks B and D

This subject gets to the very “heart” of what we mean when we communicate. It is a fascinating insight into the way we speak, write and represent ourselves, both personally and socially and even the way that impacts our thoughts, inner monologue and world views.

Course content

The AS course centres around textual variation representations (how we create meaning and present people and ideas) and Language Diversity (language from around the country and variations across gender, occupation, etc). This involves studying a wide range of real-life texts from digital and spoken to written. There is also a writing skill element to the course, which at AS involves writing professionally in an entertaining manner for a modern publication and studying all the skills this entails.
The full A Level course covers all of the AS material with 2 additional topics: child language acquisition (how we learn to speak and write at a young age) and language change (the processes and contextual factor that shape our language over time). The writing element is also develop with a Language investigation on a topic of your choosing, and a piece of creative writing with a commentary, again in a style and genre of your own liking.


Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSEs or Equivalent


  • The AS course is assessed by two 1hr 30min exams. (weighted 50% each)
  • The A level course is assessed by two 2hr 30mins exams (weighted 40% each) and 2 pieces of course work, creative writing and language investigation (totalling 20% of overall grade


Future opportunities

English Language focuses on communication, which is a widely applicable skill that most employers value. Careers with this qualification include: Law, Writing and Journalism, Advertising and Marketing, Consultancy, Teaching, Media, Design and Government.

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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