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English Language A Level at Bridgwater College

Course description

This course will appeal to anyone who is interested in English, who enjoys examining and analysing topics, and those who particularly enjoyed the subject at GCSE level.

Course content

Units of study include:

AS Level

  • Component 1: Language Today- The study of varieties of contemporary language: students will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context.
  • Component 2:  Context - Writing for specific genres, audiences and purposes: students will demonstrate their skills as writers. They will explore the techniques of a variety of genres in order to produce effective texts for specific genres, audiences and purposes.

A2 level

  • Component 3: Language Diversity and Children’s Language

Studying language diversity over time and in global contexts; children’s spoken and written language. Students will learn about origin, development and variation of language. Students will look at how and why English has changed over time, the development of English as a world language and the development of children’s spoken and written language.

  • Component 4: English Language and Investigation and Presentation

Students will identify an aspect of language suitable for a research investigation, decide on the focus of their investigation, collect data, analyse it and draw relevant conclusions in relation to the focus of the investigation.

Entry requirements

You will need at least five GCSEs in A* – C range, including Maths and English Language or English Literature at grade C, or above, recommended at Higher Level.


  • Coursework
  • Examinations

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bridgwater College directly.

Last updated date: 16 February 2016

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