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English Language A Level at Fairfax School

Course description

The English Language will inspire and engage, stimulate creativity and develop every student’s passion for words in use. You will explore attitudes to accents and dialects; look at the ways in which ethnicity, age and even sexuality can affect use and ideas in language.

You will look at the way language has changed over time and how it will continue to do so with advancements in the world of Technology, the growth of social media and the expansion of English in other countries. Students who opt for this extremely rigorous and highly regarded academic subject sometimes think about Higher Education studies in areas of The Law, Politics, Education or Journalism.

Course content


- Grammar
- Language the individual and society

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: On-going throughout.


- Child Language Acquisition
- Language varieties
- A non-examined component

ASSESSMENT STRUCTURE: External Terminal Examinations

Entry requirements

The step up to the sixth form from Key Stage 4 provides an exciting challenge. It requires a successful academic record and a genuine interest and motivation in learning. We are proud of our reputation for being an inclusive sixth form with outstanding results. We work very hard with our prospective students to ensure they are enrolled in courses that are entirely appropriate to their abilities and interests.

Applicants will need to have at least a Grade 4 in English and Mathematics and an additional 3 GCSE grades A*-C

- There are also subject specific requirements which can be found in the Sixth Form prospectus. 
- Internal applicants who meet the minimum academic entrance requirements will be offered a place automatically (subject to individual subject requirements and availability of courses). 
- All successful applicants will be required to sign a sixth form code of conduct in recognition of the Academy’s expectations of sixth form students in terms of their behaviour, punctuality and attendance.

Fairfax students unlikely to meet these requirements should seek advice from their Head of Year, the school careers adviser or the Director of Sixth Form about possible options available to them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Fairfax School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2017
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