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A-Level (AS/A2) in English Language at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

To get the most out of your English Language course you must be willing to learn about English grammar and how to analyse language usage in both speech and writing.

You must be willing to learn a range of linguistic terminology. You should be interested in learning how to write for different audiences. You should also be keen to share with, and justify your views to, your fellow students and to develop your writing skills so that you can express your ideas clearly and logically in essays. You will develop your oral communication skills in group and pair discussion work and be given opportunities to present your ideas in formal presentations.

You will also develop independent research skills using the internet and the Sixth Form Library. You will develop analytical skills as well as written communication skills through coursework, timed examination practice and essays.

If you think you may enjoy a course which involves the study of the different ways people use language, how society views its use and how language has developed, then this may be the course for you.

In addition, you will develop a wide variety of skills that are highly regarded both by employers and universities, and which will complement many of the other courses at Sixth Form.

Course content

You will study different varieties of language, speech and writing, grammar, and learn how to write in a variety of literary genres. You will produce a coursework folder containing a piece of original writing with a commentary and an investigation into an aspect of spoken language of the media. You will study many varieties of English, the history of English, language change, spoken language, and learn how to write in a variety of non-literary genres. You will produce a coursework folder containing non-literary writing and an investigation into an area of language study.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


Coursework and examinations in January and June.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

English Language prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as publishing, public relations, marketing, journalism, management, the legal profession, teaching and many others.

Further information

To develop your understanding of English you will be able to attend theatre performances, and conferences, hear visiting speakers and attend English enrichments such as creative writing. Many of our students go on to study Linguistics or English Language in Higher Education.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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