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English Language AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School

Course description

Course overview

A Level English Language is an exciting and integrated

course in which students learn to be ‘language scientists’,

collecting and examining examples of language from

different contexts and testing different theories and ideas

about how language works.

Course content

You can expect to discuss:

• Which is most important: speech or writing?

• Why some words are considered wrong, unacceptable

or obscene? And is it actually wrong to swear?

• Can a computer identify human beings just by

analysing the way they talk?

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE English.


20% coursework. 80% examination

Future opportunities

Where does it lead?

Many graduates who study English Language go on to

start their careers in the media as some form of journalist,

working on a newspaper, or for a magazine or website.

Publishing is another popular career choice. English

students acquire strong research skills, which makes them

suitable for a researching role working behind the scenes

on television, or radio or even an archivist or librarian role.

Surprisingly the largest percentage of 2012 English

graduates went into Business Management training


Further information

Other useful information
• There is an equal focus on spoken and written
• We describe different varieties of language, not state
what is right or wrong.
• We focus on language in its social contexts: how we
change the language we use according to who is
speaking and where it is being spoken or written.
Students’ views …
“Nothing like GCSE.”
“I’ve liked learning more about what it takes to be a
professional writer.”
“I’ve become a better writer because I understand more
about how language is constructed.”


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2015
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