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English Language A Level at Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy

Course description

How do babies go from babbling to talking? Why is a bread roll a ‘cob’ if you live in Leicester or Nottingham?
What is it about the way radio DJs talk which keeps us listening? Why do we feel Elizabeth Bennet is the voice
of Jane Austen in ‘Pride and Prejudice’? How has Facebook changed the way we talk? Is texting bad for your
health? Was Emma Thompson right to criticise the language young people use?
These are the kinds of questions we try to answer in English Language, a course which appeals to budding
linguists, journalists or creative writers. A Level Language provides a comprehensive understanding of the
structures and forms of the English language as well as encouraging students to undertake some original
research. Students who are intrigued by the way we talk, read and write, and who like the idea of working with
a diverse range of fiction and non-fiction texts will enjoy this course.
Categorising Texts and Social Contexts ENGB1
Exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use
The roles of audiences and contexts in language production and reception
Analysis and investigation of texts, including fiction, newspaper articles, and websites
Creating Texts ENGB2
Development of personal writing expertise through individual coursework
The use of register and style to meet the needs of the intended audience
Writing for challenging audiences and trying out new writing techniques
ENGB1 is examined and worth 60% of the AS grade; ENGB2 is coursework and worth 40% of the AS grade.
We study language acquisition and language change in the second year. There is also a language
investigation and media piece of coursework, both of which provide students with opportunities to study areas
of their choice.

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement for entry to the Sixth form is 5 GCSEs at Grades A* to C including English and Mathematics. In addition a grade B in GCSE English

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesteven and Sleaford High School Selective Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years