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English Language A Level at Sidmouth College

Course description

By studying English Language A Level, you will have an opportunity todevelop your interest in and appreciation of language through learning about the languageā€™s structures and its functions, its developments and its variations.

This subject allows you to developyour ability to express yourself in speech and writing, producing textsfor different audiences, purposes and in different genres. We will spend time analysing texts in more detail, sharing our opinions withour classmates, doing our own writing and giving presentations. You will enjoy this subject if you take pleasure in creative writing and exploring the finer technical details of texts.

Course content

You will study how purposes, audiences and contexts can influence a text and how it is constructed. The texts you study will be a really eclectic collection: one lesson you will be looking at an extract from a biography, the next lesson it could be a bus ticket!

You will explore how our language is influenced by gender, power and technology, which often leads to many heated debates. You will also write two creative pieces of your own choice for coursework.

Entry requirements

You need to be a keen writer and confident in your analysis of texts. We would prefer you to have a minimum B Grade in GCSE English Language but we are willing to be flexible if we think you will benefit from the course.


You will be assessed through both examinations and coursework. It will involve being tested on your analysis of two texts in detail, using language frameworks and your understanding of language change and acquisition.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017

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