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English Language - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description

Level 3 The first thing to stress is that this course isn’t like GCSE English Language at all! Instead, English Language in Post 16 involves the study of writing, speech, conversation and the how and why of how human beings interact with each other. On this course you will look at how language works in different contexts and situations in the English speaking world – as well as learning how we acquire language in the first place as children. If you like investigating topics that interest you, working independently, creatively and analytically then this may be the course for you.

Course content

Course breakdown:

Language, the Individual and Society:

Explores spoken and written language in use, examining how language actually works – and especially how people use language to represent themselves to an audience. You will also be specialising in understanding how children acquire language and how language develops at a young age. This makes this course ideal for anyone looking to work with children and young people in nursery or education centres in the future.

Language Diversity and Change:

A unit which looks at the range of different language types we have in this country today. It covers such impacts on language choices made by individuals as society, occupation, age, class, ethnicity and gender. We will also be able to engage in discussions others have had on attitudes to the way language changes and evolves over time.

Entry requirements

Requirements 5 GCSE’s at Grade C and above (or equivalent) one of which must be a Grade C in English plus a good ATL


A-Level: 80% exam, 20% non-exam assessment Non exam assessment.

You’ll be asked to produce one piece of original writing with a commentary on your language choices – making this an ideal course choice for those with a creative flair. As well as this, you will be asked to investigate an area of language that appeals to you in the language investigation, collecting your own data and analysing it – making it a perfect introduction to the requirements of University study.

Future opportunities

Good basis for any university degree, for working with children, studying languages or creative writing / journalism.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 04 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mrs C Kirk
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01909 550066
    • Email address:


  • More information
    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.