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English Language A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

As an English Language student at Stratford you will explore how language works, from how words are formed to how they are used to influence our decisions. You will build a toolkit for linguistic analysis. You will engage in debates around language use, looking at accent and dialect; language and gender; how social class, age and ethnicity affect language use; how children learn language and how language changes over time. In addition to benefiting from the expertise of passionate, specialist teachers, you will be given opportunities to engage in a variety of enrichment activities which, this year, include conferences and workshops with eminent linguists and visits to places of interest such as the British Library.

Course content

1. Language: the individual and society: provides a thorough grounding in the concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. You will become adept in linguistic analysis, studying lexis, semantics, grammar, phonology, discourse structure and graphology. You will also get to discover how language develops in children including, how babies and toddlers acquire spoken language and how children learn to read and write. 2. Language diversity and change: you will study social attitudes and debates about areas as diverse as: idiolect and sociolect; gender; occupation; English around the world; attitudes to language varieties and how language changes. 3. Language in action: you will complete your own research project where you will collect and analyse your own data. You will write your own piece of original writing, which may include a piece of journalism, poetry, prose, formal speech, blog – it’s entirely up to you!

Entry requirements

Level 5 in English Language.


Regular, structured exam-style assessments in preparation for two terminal examinations. Ongoing ½ termly assessment. The non-examined element (Language in action) accounts for 20% of the overall grade and is internally assessed. You will receive feedback throughout the drafting process.

Future opportunities

English Language goes with virtually any subject. It is a highly regarded, multidisciplinary course which develops a range of skills, including critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, argument and a number of different writing skills invaluable for further study and future employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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