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English Language GCE A Level at Mirfield Free Grammar & Mirfield College

Course description

English Language is the study of the various texts that surround us each and every day, and the functions, purposes and hidden meanings of the language that we encounter. Studying English Language will ensure that students will never look at a piece of text in the same way again. Students are encouraged to pick apart texts, develop detailed grammar knowledge and explore a range of linguistic issues, such as why men and women speak differently, why we abbreviate in text messages and how adverts are designed to persuade without us even realising it.

The course aims to provide students with a comprehensive and intensive understanding of linguistic concepts, and will introduce them to a range of texts, from newspaper articles to political speeches, even recipes and fairy tales. Students will also have the chance to produce their own texts to see just how language is used effectively. Progress through the course will consolidate knowledge of how the English Language changes frequently, by exploring how the uses and meanings of words have changed over time. Students will also learn about child language acquisition; which explores how we learn to speak, read and write in the first place. Students will also complete an investigation of language in an area of their choice for the coursework component of the course.

Course content

Textual Variations and Representations

Child Language Acquisition and Development

Language Diversity and Change

Investigating Language (Non-Examined Assessment)

Original Writing (Non-Examined Assessment)

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements:Minimum of 5 GCSEs 9-4 or A*-C including English Language and Mathematics

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and where taken Grade 4 in GCSE English Literature

*Please note with government changes to GCSE grading system (9-1) we reserve the right to adjust subject entry requirements and to withdraw subjects which do not meet minimum numbers.

*All subject specific entry requirements are in addition to the General Entry Requirements


Paper 1 – Language, the Individual and Society = 40%

Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change = 40%

Non-examined assessment - Language in Action = 20%

Financial information

16-19 Bursary Fund

This scheme was introduced by the Government to help students study. Contributions and payments ‘in kind’ have been made to students to help with their individual identified needs, such as:

   •   Travel

   •   Stationery costs and packs

   •   Books and revision guides

   •   Educational trips/residential trips

   •   University Open Day visit costs

   •   Employment/apprenticeship opportunities


Bursaries are available to students in the following categories:



Category One:

Students who are identified by the government at ‘most vulnerable’ will be eligible for a guaranteed bursary of £1,200.

Category Two:

Family income is below threshold for working tax credits/free school meals.

Category Three:

Students who have an extreme financial barrier, mitigating circumstances and/or a short-term specific educational or independent living cost.

Applications will be issued during Summer 2018 for students to return on Enrolment Day. 

For more information contact Sixth Form Admissions on 01924 483666 or email


Future opportunities

This course will develop skills as analyst and writer, and make you an effective communicator, providing students access to a range of potential career paths. Previous students have gone on to study law, history, politics as well as English and its related courses at degree level. Others have also pursued a wide range of careers including journalism, television production, PR and education.

Further information

This course will be of interest to anyone who can’t help but analyse everything they see, read or hear. The focus is on non-fiction and it is all about analysing words and their meanings; exploring how writers set out to affect their readers through their choice of language. Excellent analytical skills are essential, as well effective communication skills. The course will also give the opportunity to write creatively in a number of different genres, so accurate writing skills are a necessity.

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: 14 November 2017
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