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English Language A level at Woodbridge High School

Course description

You should have an interest in and enjoyment of the way English is used. This course teaches you about the structures and functions of the language and the way it has changed with time and use. You will learn to express yourself in speech and creative writing with increasing competence and sophistication. You will be encouraged to read widely and develop skills in listening critically and attentively to spoken English, as well as analyse all modes of language critically.

You will find out about language through four ‘frameworks’: what it means (semantics), how it is constructed (grammar); what words are chosen (lexis) and how it sounds (phonology).

Course content

In Year 12 and Year 13 you will cover the following topics: Language and the Individual (and Society –Y13) and Language Diversity (and Change- Y13).

Entry requirements

You need to have Grade B in GCSE English (or higher).


Two two-and-a-half hour written exams (80%) and coursework (20%), taken at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

As with all A Level subjects, successful completion of this course will enable progression onto both further and higher education, a Modern Apprenticeship or employment in a range of industries. A qualification in English is highly valued in many industries, especially where analytical written and communication skills play an important role. Don’t just think of journalism or law, either English qualification will open doorways to future career development.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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