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English Language A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study English Language?

If you want to understand how language is used to control and manipulate us by both the media and people in power, how to take apart a piece of language and be able to work out exactly what makes it tick and produce your own piece of polished prose, radio script or journalism, this is the course for you.

Course content

Component One 40%

Language under microscope:

You are expected to be able to identify significant features or patterns in a text and to explore their effect

Writing about a topical language issue:

You will present and explore your ideas and attitudes towards topical language issues through short pieces or orginal writing.

Comparing and contrasting texts

You will compare a variety of texts, exploring the effects of mode and of language variations, such as comparing spoken and written texts.

Component Two: Dimensions of Linguistic variation 40%

Child Language acquisition

The focus of this section is on children’s acquisition of spoken language. The age range to be explored is from 0-7. You will use theoretical studies to analyse a short sample of authentic children’s spoken text. 

Language in the Media

You will consider relevant theories of language and power, language and gender or language and technology in exploring media texts. You will study how power, gender and technology are represented in a variety of discourses and texts.

Language Change

You will study the ways that the English language has developed and changed over time. You will study a range of historical texts and genres and be able to compare significant features or patterns in texts from different times and explore their effects

Component Three: Independent language research 20%

Language Investigation

You will undertake an independent investigation on a topic of your own choice. You will chose your own methodologies; select and analyse your own data and draw suitable conclusions from the

Academic Poster

You will produce a well-researched and effectively organised overview of the learner’s own independent investigation in a form that would be suitable for display at an undergraduate conference for English language research. 

Entry requirements

Five 4s, including a 5 in English Language or English Literature.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board OCR. 80% exam, 20% coursework. 

Future opportunities

Leading To A Career In?

A Level English Language can help many career paths including journalism, writing, teaching, politics and the law. 

Further information

For more information contact: Ms S Spikesley on or 01480 375700 extension 5759.

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: 02 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Es