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English Language (Access To Higher Education) at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

If you are interested in the power of the written word this course will interest you. It will give you the ability to practise skills of writing for a variety of different purposes. You may not have written at length for some time and we will encourage you to write persuasively, formally and analytically. You will develop your own writing skills in a supportive group atmosphere, improving your use of written language in formal and less formal contexts.  For example, you will do a local investigation into an issue of your choice, carrying out research and writing up your findings in report form, and you will study how writers use language to appeal to others and then you will write imaginatively yourself to engage a reader

The course aims to develop interest in, understanding and critical appreciation of the context, structure, style and diversity of language and of literary and non-literary texts.

Course content

Unit 1: Writing grounded in the personal

  • Personal writing
  • Group presentation
  • Persuasive writing

Unit 2: Reports and Reviews

  • Written report
  • Response to literary texts under test conditions

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

GCSE English grade C or above


Unit 1

  • Group presentation / persuasive writing
  • Personal writing

Unit 2

  • Written report
  • Response to literary texts

Assessment is mainly coursework based but with a final literacy piece produced in class under test conditions. As well as whole class teaching, there will be emphasis on discussion, group work, oral presentations and independent research.

There are no prescribed textbooks; a variety of texts will be used, taken from a wide range of sources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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