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English: A Level English Language (WJEC Eduqas) at The Howard School

Course description

Students will learn how to:

• develop and apply understanding of concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language;

• explore data and examples of language in use;

• engage creatively and critically with a varied range of texts and resources and explore links between texts;

• develop skills as producers and interpreters of language;

• independently investigate language in use.

Applications made to The Howard School can be made by both male and female students.

Course content

This is a two year course – applicants must be prepared to commit to the full A Level. AS level is not an option. The course involves:

• Analysing spoken language

• Exploring Language Issues: standard and non-standard English; language and power; language and situation; language and acquisition; language change over time; English in the 21st Century and its evolving nature due to technological and cultural change

• Creative and critical use of language – producing two pieces of original writing and commenting on their choice of language and its effects

• Writing a 2500-3000 word investigation closely exploring language and identity

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE English Language and English Literature.


Three exams will take place at the end of the two year course, two worth 30% of the overall A Level grade and the other worth 20% of the overall grade. Students will also complete a personal investigation, worth 20% of the overall grade, exploring language and identity.

Future opportunities

Students are introduced to concepts and methods of disciplines of English Language/Linguistics in relation to a wide range of spoken and written forms, providing the opportunity to hone their skills of interrogating data, interpretation, analysis, evaluation, synthesis and reflection and their own creative writing. Such skills are invaluable for a vast range of career paths.

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: 05 December 2016

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