English Language AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
A Level English Language is an exciting and integrated
course in which students learn to be ‘language scientists’,
collecting and examining examples of language from
different contexts and testing different theories and ideas
about how language works.
You can expect to discuss:
• Which is most important: speech or writing?
• Why some words are considered wrong, unacceptable
or obscene? And is it actually wrong to swear?
• Can a computer identify human beings just by
analysing the way they talk?
Grade B or above in GCSE English.
20% coursework. 80% examination
Where does it lead?
Many graduates who study English Language go on to
start their careers in the media as some form of journalist,
working on a newspaper, or for a magazine or website.
Publishing is another popular career choice. English
students acquire strong research skills, which makes them
suitable for a researching role working behind the scenes
on television, or radio or even an archivist or librarian role.
Surprisingly the largest percentage of 2012 English
graduates went into Business Management training
Other useful information
• There is an equal focus on spoken and written
• We describe different varieties of language, not state
what is right or wrong.
• We focus on language in its social contexts: how we
change the language we use according to who is
speaking and where it is being spoken or written.
Students’ views …
“Nothing like GCSE.”
“I’ve liked learning more about what it takes to be a
“I’ve become a better writer because I understand more
about how language is constructed.”
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.