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English Language A Level at The Kings of Wessex Academy

Course description

English Language will appeal to those of you with a general and wide interest in both spoken and written language; in the history of language and how and why it changes; and in how we acquire language. Some of the course will be entirely new to you; other aspects will continue from the English Language course at GCSE.

Course content

Why study English Language at A Level?
- It encourages you to develop your interests and enjoyment in the use of English through learning more about its structures and functions.
- It enables you to learn to express yourself in speech and writing with increasing competence and sophistication.
- It helps you to understand the use of language in different contexts.
- It allows you to carry out your own research into an area which interests you.

What will I study?
You will explore the ways in which children acquire language, the change in the English Language over time and the connection between language and the media. Additionally you will undertake an investigation exploring a topical language issue.

How will I learn?
Lessons are varied in style. Sometimes they are teacher-led; there is lots of intensive group work and significant amounts of individual research particularly for coursework and homework. You will be expected to do a significant amount of independent study.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in English Language at GCSE. Whatever your grade, you must be fascinated by language use.


Component 1: Exploring Language: exam (2 hours 30), 40% of your A level grade.

Component 2: Dimensions of linguistic variation: exam (2 hours 30), 40% of your A level grade.

Component 3: Independent language research: non exam – assessed in the Academy, 20% of your final grade.

Future opportunities

It will be relevant to all degree courses and to all employment. Universities and employers all value students who understand how language works. You may want to study English at university to take you on to a career in publishing, the creative industries or a linguistic speciality area such as speech therapy or deaf studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Kings of Wessex Academy directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2017

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