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English Language at Wickersley School and Sports College

Course description

This subject will be offered in Option Blocks B and D

English Language studies the complexities of English in real life situations. The study of semantics is key to critical analysis in all subjects and English Language is not only a subject but the medium of learning, making it invaluable in academia.

Course content

Year 1
Language Diversity: the study of variation in accent, dialect and slang nationally. How these changes occurred and how they are viewed in society is key to this topic. Textual Variation and Representation: this deals with the conscious and subconscious choices made by speakers and writers to present a variety of topics including self through pragmatics.

Writing Skills: this will comprise of opinionated articles written for professional publications focusing on language issues.

Year 2
Language Acquisition: this will track the various stages of children’s acquisition of speech, reading and writing. This offers insight into grammatical structures, their logic and child psychology.

Language Change: this topic tracks the roots of our language, where it came from, which languages have influenced it. This involves looking critically at how our language is structured and its inherent flaws and inconsistencies.

Entry requirements

The minimum qualification for entry into the Sixth Form is 5 4 grades including Maths and English, although there are specific entry requirements for some of our option subjects.

A student’s suitability for their chosen subjects will also be taken into account, even if they meet the 5 4 grades threshold.

Applicants will need to have a proven record of good or excellent effort and attendance in Year 11 in order to qualify for a place, verified by a suitable reference.


  • 2x 2 hour 30 min exams
  • 1x Language Investigation (2000 words)
  • 1x Creative writing piece and commentary (1500 words)

Future opportunities

  • Teaching
  • Professional writing
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Further information

Please consult our Option Blocks before making your selection.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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