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English Language A Level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a course designed for those students who enjoy knowing more about the nature and variety of English in society and over time.  You will follow the new Eduqas (formerly WJEC) Linear English Language specification which is made up of four components, 20% of which is coursework.  All of the exams will be at the end of the second year.  We study both spoken and written language. The exams test understanding of a range of language issues such as English in 21st Century, Language and Gender, Language and Culture and Language Diversity as well as creative writing for different audiences and purposes and how to write about language analytically. In the first year of the course students will receive a grounding in all these areas. We prepare you for success in this course by looking at different kinds of writing such as magazines and newspapers as well as spoken language such as political speeches and celebrity interviews. You will learn about grammar and as the course progresses, you will know and use a wide range of linguistic terminology.

You can be sure of being taught by enthusiastic staff who are very knowledgeable about the subject. We will always take account of your individual needs and you will have our full support in achieving your potential. We want you to enjoy your lessons and because of this, we teach you in many different ways in order to accommodate all learning styles. You will get the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities such as trips, visits by outside speakers, writing workshops and the extended project qualification.

Course content

Textual analysis of a wide range of texts including:

  • Magazines and newspapers
  • Writing for small children
  • Language of the media
  • Persuasive writing
  • Reviews
  • Rhetoric
  • Short stories
  • Drama scripts
  • Conversations and interviews
  • Travel writing
  • Diary writing
  • Creative writing and remodelling
  • An introduction to analytical writing, including word classes, register and mode.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above, in English Language GCSE and English Literature GCSE. (If Literature hasn’t been studied it must be because of timetabling issues eg., having to choose between Literature and another subject).


The non-exam assessment component (coursework) is concerned with Language and Identity and students will conduct their own language investigation from a choice of four topics.

Future opportunities

Ideal for entry to all arts and social science degrees. Applicable to a wide range of careers for example, law, education and media.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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