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English Language A Level at Pimlico Academy

Course description

This subject provides students with a natural progression from their GCSE study of English Language. It encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. The course will look at a range of language issues such as the language use in different social contexts, different accents and dialects, the histories of words or the reasons why new words appear, the influence of modern technology on language and why women and men speak differently. The course also allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

Course content

At AS the core teaching focus of Speech and Writing, Social Contexts, Original Writing and Commentaries is retained. At A2 the additional teaching topics remain the same: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change, and a Language Investigation provides the coursework element as in the previous specification. This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English Language, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education. It encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data. This workshop style of teaching and learning gives students academic confidence, as well as knowledge about the English Language.

Entry requirements

Students must achieve grade B or above in English Language.


Unit 1 – ENGB1: Categorising Texts (60% of AS, 30% of A Level)- 2 hour written examination Introduction to the study of language, part 1: written or spoken text analysis; part 2: focus on three specific social contexts: Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.

Unit 2 – ENGB2: Creating Texts (40% of AS, 20% of A Level)- Courseworkmi Candidates produce writing in different genres, audiences and purposes (2500-3500 words).

Unit 3 – ENGB3: Developing Language (30% of A Level)- 2 hour 30 minute written examination Builds on AS knowledge and skills, with an additional focus on two new areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change.

Unit 4 – ENGB4: Investigating Language (20% of A Level)- Coursework Candidates produce two pieces: a language investigation and an informative media text (2500-3000 words).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Pimlico Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 April 2017
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