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English Language A Level at Stanground Academy

Course description

Ever wondered why English spelling is so complicated? Or why we talk about the weather so much? Studying English will help you to understand the factors that influence what we say and the way we say it.

Course content

-       Exploring  language

-       Dimensions of linguistic variation

-       Independent language research


You will have the opportunity to:

-       analyse authentic  texts

-       produce original writing based on a topical issue for a real-world purpose

learn about and analyse the way in which children acquire language

-       explore how language is used in the media

discover and reflect on how language changes over time

-       investigate an aspect of the English language in which you are particularly interested


Entry requirements

5 A* -B grades at GCSE, including grade 6 or above in English. .


TThere are two end of course examinations, each one accounting for 40% of the overall marks.

Paper 1: Exploring language (2 hours 30 minutes).  3 questions, 80 marks.  Written examination.

Paper 2: Dimensions of linguistic variation  (2 hours 30 minutes).  3 questions, 80 marks.  Written examination.

Independent language research

Non examined assessment (coursework)

An investigation and an academic poster. 40 marks (20%)

Future opportunities

English language can be pursued at degree level and would go well with an interest in journalism/media, sociology or psychology.

Further information

A Level English language complements a range of other subjects, such as English literature (of course), history, philosophy, psychology, French and  sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stanground Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years