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English Language at The Sixth Form College Solihull

Course description

English Language is a dynamic course which teaches students to become experts in linguistic and grammatical analysis when considering how a wide variety of text types is made effective for a range of audiences and purposes. Students will look at spoken and written texts of all kinds; from fictional genres such as stories and dramatic scripts to non-fiction genres such as newspaper articles, advertisements and media scripts. They will also study spoken language as a distinct mode of communication and look at factors which affect how we choose to speak, including gender and the context and reasons for communication at any one time.

Course content

There is plenty of opportunity to be creative as well as analytical on this course. One of the examinations is original writing and critical evaluation so quite a lot of class time will be spent preparing for this examination. The coursework module (Non Examined Assessment) allows students to choose an area of language for investigation related to identity (Language and self-representation, Language and gender, Language and culture, Language diversity).  For example, students interested in certain professions, could investigate occupational language or students interested in cultural issues could investigate the language of Sport or the Arts.  Gender is always a popular topic for investigation, how men and women take part in conversation, for example.

This choice in the coursework component, as well as the expertise in writing and linguistic knowledge required for success in Language, make this A level an excellent companion for any subject. Its precise and methodical analytical nature means Language is also an excellent course choice for mathematicians and scientists.

Students of English Language will also have the chance to consider theoretical perspectives on how children learn to talk, standard and non-standard forms, Language and power and Language and situation.

Entry requirements

Standard 3 A level Programme:

The majority of our students will choose to study 3 A level courses and will commit to these subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least two grade 6s or B grades at GCSE
• At least a further three grade 4s or C grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 4 or C grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.

Please note that there may be additional entry requirements specific to particular courses – please check each course listing on our website carefully to ensure you understand these entry requirements.

4 A level Programme:

Some very able students may choose to study 4 A level subjects. This will include all students who choose to study A level Further Mathematics, who will pick Mathematics, Further Mathematics and two other subjects. These students must commit to these 4 subjects for the full 2 years. Entry requirements for this programme are:

• At least five grade 7s or A/A* grades at GCSE
• You should have at least a grade 6 or B grade in GCSE English Language AND Mathematics.
• Students picking Mathematics and Further Mathematics will need to get at least a grade 7 in GCSE Mathematics.

Special Entry Requirements
Standard A level entry requirements apply -


Coursework (20%)
Examination (80%)
Examining Board – Eduqas/WJEC.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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