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English Language at St Edward's College

Course description

English Language A Level is one of the fastest growing and most popular A Levels. The syllabus began in the late 1980s and is now a well established A Level, respected by universities and employers alike.

The course is very different to GCSE English Language. It involves the systematic study of the English language: the way it is used, its history, its structure and the way children acquire it.


Course content

You will develop the ability to analyse language systematically using linguistic theory. You will also increase your ability to use language to address a particular audience for a specific purpose. You will learn research methods which will allow you to investigate language and you will be given the capacity to critically assess the quality of your own writing.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE English


The examining body is A QA. You will be assessed mainly by terminal examinations at the end of Year 13 but there will also be an internally assessed coursework element that will also be completed in Year 13.

Future opportunities

Pupils who take English Language go on to do all sorts of interesting things: Journalism, Science, Mathematics. Some even go on to write professionally or to work in broadcasting. Many people who later go on to take a modern foreign language at university take English at A Level. Some even go on to teach!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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