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English Language A level at Heathcote School & Science College

Course description

The English Language course encourages students to develop their interest and appreciation of English through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. It is a two-year course that appeals to students who would like to continue investigating the contemporary uses and applications of English. 

Course content

This course trains students in the methods of analysis appropriate to the fields of English language and linguistics.
Encompassing the fields of sociolinguistics and discourse analysis, this course offers a common core of analytical methods, topics and skills used in approaching a study of English Language today. Topics include language and social context, language and diversity as well as investigations into the changes in language in terms of regional, ethnic, national and global 'Englishes'. 
You will learn through:
  • discussion and debate
  • close reading of texts
  • independent research and reading
  • presentations
  • small group work and tasks
  • educational visits

Entry requirements

To study English Language A level, you will need 5 or more A* - C grades at GCSE including English Language and Mathematics. You will need to have achieved at least a grade B in English Language.

This course is suitable for students who are interested in the construction and use of the English language in ways that overlap, but are not limited to, the study of literature and the literary imagination.


The units will conclude with exams at the end of the second year.

In addition, two pieces of coursework will make up the final part of this course: a 2,000 word language investigation and a 1,500 word piece of original writing and commentary. 

Future opportunities

A levels are the traditional path of study for students interested in furthering their education at university level, particularly those interested in studying English literature.

This subject links well with English language, history, psychology and performing arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathcote School & Science College directly.

Last updated date: 15 December 2016
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