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English Language A Level at Southend High School for Girls

Course description

If you want a course that offers diversity and if you have
an interest in how words work, then this is the course for
you. You will learn about the lexical and grammatical
‘building blocks’ of language. You will explore language
production and variation through writing in different
forms and through textual analysis. You will develop your
understanding of how language creates meanings in
written, spoken and electronic modes of communication.
In addition, you will discover how children learn to speak,
read and write and how language has changed since 1600
and continues to change. You will engage in debates about
the nature and significance of language and society and
how it helps to define our understanding of the world.


Course content

1 Language, the Individual and Society, which is 40% of the
A level and assessed via a two and a half hour examination.

2 Language, Diversity and Change, which is 40% of the
A level and comprised of a two and a half hour examination.

3 Language in Action, which is 20% of the A level and
functions as a coursework component.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Mathematics and a Science GCSE

Future opportunities

You can expect to develop relevant skills in the use and
understanding of language in a variety of practical and
intellectual contexts. Beyond its relevance to a multitude
of Higher Education courses, A level English Language can
lead to a variety of careers including: teaching, advertising
and media, law, politics, caring professions, expressive
arts, speech therapy and administration.
Combined with Mathematics, English Language
can be used for entry to banking, insurance, commerce
and accountancy.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southend High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 17 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years