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English Language A Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

You will continue to develop key skills acquired at AS Level, such as: communication; working with others and problem solving.

Course content

The course is designed to aid active learning. You will conduct your own research and work independently to produce creative texts. For the Language Investigation, you will choose your own areas for study in consultation with your teacher(s).  Students may choose to pursue an area of study that has arisen from topics covered during your AS/A level course

What Units will I study?

Unit 3 – ENGB3 Developing Language

Unit 4 – ENGB4 Investigating Language

Entry requirements

This course is for students who have successfully aquired the skills associated with ‘AS’ English Language, and who have successfully achieved grade ‘D’ at GCE English Language, or higher


Unit 3 Assessment will be by one written paper of 2 ½ hours. Candidates will be required to answer two questions based on a selection of data relating to the topic areas, one on Language Acquisition and one on Language Change.

Unit 4 Assessment will be by the production of a written coursework portfolio.  The length of the investigation should be between 1750 and 2500 words, excluding data and appendices.  The length of the media text should be between 750 and 1000 words.

Future opportunities

English Language helps students to develop an understanding of the linguistic methords used to analyse and investigate language. Centrally, it combines a range of innovative modules; such as, Linguistics, Pragmatics, Graphology, Research techniques, ultimately — Undergraduate degree.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.