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A-Level English Language B (AQA) at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton)

Course description

This specification:

• provides students with a natural progression from their GCSE study of English Language

• encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations

• allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

Course content


Categorising Texts

Introduction to the study of language, focusing on three specific social contexts:

Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.

Creating Texts

Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes


Developing Language

Builds on AS knowledge and skills, with an additional focus on two new areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change.

Investigating Language

Candidates produce two pieces: a language investigation and an informative media text

Entry requirements

5A*-C at GCSE including Maths and Grade B or above in English Language and or Literature at GCSE.


Coursework 40%; written exam 60% at AS and A2

Financial information

Bursary Applications are means tested

Future opportunities

This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English Language, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education. It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data. This workshop style of teaching and learning gives students’ academic confidence, as well as knowledge about the English Language.

Further information

All courses are subject to availability and viability of numbers

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton) directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Donna Wilcox
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882249
    • Email address: