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English Language A Level at Sherburn High School

Course description

The English Language A Level course is designed to enable you to develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of the English language. You will develop your own skills as producers and interpreters of language.

You will have the opportunity for independent investigation work related to language in use from a range of contexts. You will study the changes in English Language from the past to the present day; children’s acquisition of language; the use of language in different regions and groups and the way language might be used to assert power and shape social groups. You will look at both written and spoken language and some multi-modal language.

Course content

First Year Units

Language Diversity: this unit studies the way different groups in society use language in different ways. These groups might be regional, social, occupational or gender groups. Language and the Individual: this unit studies the way that language can be used to represent different people or groups and the ways that individuals use language to express themselves. Both units teach you terminology and concepts about language use that you can apply to texts.

Second Year Units

Units in the second year are the same topics as those in the first year but with additional concepts and content built on. For example, language change over time, child language acquisition and your own journalistic writing are studied in year 13 as well as undertaking a language investigation into a topic of your choice.

Study methods

A wide range of learning and study methods will be employed ranging from direct teaching; group work; discussion and independent investigative work. Teaching is shared between two members of the department.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a sound GCSE in English: C minimum but ideally at grade B or Higher


The course is 80% exam and 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

English Language A level provides a basis for further specific study in higher education or provides a qualification that can be used to support other qualifications for access to other areas of study. Many of our students use English Language A-Level as a qualification for entry into higher education. Career routes that may follow from the study of English Language include: journalism and the media; childcare and teaching; publishing; advertising; legal work and any job where there is an emphasis on communication.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sherburn High School directly.

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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