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English Language A Level at Bishop Heber High School

Course description

What kind of student will enjoy the course?

  • Someone who is interested in words and what we do with them
  • Those who want to be consciously aware (not just instinctively) of language. 
  • People who thrive on both analytical and creative approaches to language

Course content

What will you learn?

  • The features, structures and functions of written and spoken language
  • The differences (but not inferiorities, nor superiorities) between speech and writing.
  • Standard and non-standard grammar.
  • Some answers to intriguing questions – where do words come from? How many words are there? Is political correctness a really bad idea? What does “Communications Infrastructure Upgrade” mean?
  • How and why language changes and varies.
  • The understanding of language social/emotional/global contexts of language

What skills will you develop and what activities will you do?

  • An understanding of everyday language.
  • The importance of the appropriateness of language (register).
  • Enhancement of our writing skills over a variety of genre and purposes
  • A grasp of the huge potential of language.
  • You will study your own and friends’/family/colleagues use of speech and writing.
  • You will be technically familiar with newspaper, magazine, advertising and multi-media uses of words.
  • There is an opportunity for in-depth research at A2. 



Entry requirements

A minimum Grade C in English Language (Higher Tier)

Future opportunities

What could you do at the end of the course?

  • Some students have gone on to study Linguistics at University. 
  • The vast majority of students earn good results and most exceed their expected grades.
  • English Language combines well with most subjects including Literature and Media Studies. 
  • For this reason, it is a versatile A-level subject to take and can be used in many ways.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Heber High School directly.

Last updated date: 31 August 2016

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