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English Language A Level at Ormiston Park Academy

Course description

Are you interested in why certain people speak like they do? Have you ever noticed how men and women speak different? Do you know what makes a good communicator? With exciting text and data-based sources of language, students are able to make clear skills progression from GCSE studies. You will be actively engaged with everyday language and understand how it works. You will be encouraged to develop your interests and enjoyment of English through learning about its structures and functions, its developments and variations. You will develop your analytical skills and apply these to countless texts of countless genres and subjects. Throughout the course, you will study the full score of English in all its spoken and written forms. This course will aim to develop your ability to express yourself in both speech and writing with increasing sophistication.

Course content

Throughout your studies you will be offered opportunities to explore key language concepts with an emphasis on pursuing lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views. You will study Language and the individual – focusing on individual contexts for language, and Language varieties – working outwards to consider larger-scale public discourses. You will go on to develop your subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses, exploring topics such as Language, the individual and society, and, Language diversity and change.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above. Grade B or above in GCSE English Language.


You will be taught in a theoretical and practical setting and assessed via written and spoken examinations.

Future opportunities

You can use your success in this subject to gain entry to university to read a variety of English based courses. It is also a useful subject if you are interested in any career that values communication and analytical skills including journalism, public relations, law and advertising.

Further information

Opportunities lie to support the English department in the Academy working with students in Years 7-11 as English coaches and mentors. OPA has its own newspaper and website which are outlets for your creative writing and journalism skills.

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: 12 October 2015
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