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English Language AS/A-Level at Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Why study English Language?

In the words of a famous linguist: “Because it’s fascinating; because it’s important; because it’s fun; because it’s beautiful; because it’s useful;because it’s there."

What is English Language?

This qualification builds on skills of analysing, evaluating and comparing texts and transactional writing skills, including accurate spelling,punctuation and grammar.

What makes a successful English Language student?

Students who are interested in the English Language in a wide context: the study of historical, geographical, social and individual varieties ofEnglish as well as aspects of language and identity.

Entry requirements

To study at Hellesdon High School Sixth Form you will need: SIX GCSEs A* - C Grades will enable you to study FOUR A/S Level courses.

We would advise that a Grade B at GCSE would be a good indicator of potential for A Level but we will discuss this with you. Equally we can discuss options for individuals who may fall short of the six higher grade entry requirements.

When applying for courses you should look to study subjects that:

  • a) You have a strong interest in (and enjoyment of)
  • b) You feel you are successful at
  • c) Your Yr11 teachers have highlighted you are good at.

It may also be useful to investigate university/employment websites if you have a particular interest in following a subject forward after Sixth Form.

Subject Specific

It is quite a leap from GCSE, and we would advise you that the recommended entry requirement is a B in GCSE English Language or EnglishLiterature.

Future opportunities

Students can progress from this qualification to higher education courses such as degrees in English, English language, linguistics, creative writing or in related subjects such as English literature, law, journalism, media, speech and language therapy, teaching, drama, history.    There are a wide range of careers either directly related to English language, such as speech and language therapist, teaching, editor, writer, or in areas such as publishing, journalism, the media, advertising, marketing, public relations, arts administration, record offices, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hellesdon High Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 June 2015

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