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English Language A level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Building on what students know already from GCSE, our English Language specification is designed to teach the skills every language student needs to explore and critically engage with a wide range of texts. There are opportunities for students to demonstrate their engagement with language in the real world – including attitudes to current language issues, as well as exploring language in particular contexts. Our specification gives students the practical ‘tools’, whether for the workplace or for higher
education, to become independent, critical readers and analysers of language use in the 21st century.

Course content

The A Level has two examined components and one non-examined assessment component. The two exams are equally weighted and offer opportunities for candidates to provide extended exploratory responses. The first component offers candidates the opportunity to develop their ability to apply the analytical tools to texts in varying modes, as well as to engage with current debates around language use.

The second component explores language use in particular contexts across time and place. The non-examined assessment component allows candidates to pursue an independent language investigation and go on to show their creative and presentation abilities in the academic poster – developing the skills most valued by HE and employers.

Entry requirements

  • Successful candidates will have a genuine curiosity about how the English language works. They will be independent learners who enjoy reading widely and applying their ideas to real life experiences.
  • Entry Requirement: Strong English Language GCSE


There are two examination papers, each worth 50% of the overall marks. The papers offer opportunities for candidates to provide extended exploratory responses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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