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English Language AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

English Language focuses more on non-literary texts from journalism, advertising, conversations and documents and is an intriguing exploration of how language works in our everyday lives. This course is highly-regarded by universities as it helps you form sound arguments and develop excellent analytical skills.

Course content

You will begin your studies with an introduction to the study of language, where you will analyse a wide variety of short written and spoken texts, as well as developing a detailed knowledge of how English works.

We then move on to study language in detail covering topics such as how teenagers and parents speak to each other and how powerful leaders such as Barack Obama use language.

You will have the chance to explore how the English Language has changed over the centuries and how it continues to change today. You’ll also look at how children initially acquire their language skills.


Assessment is primarily by examination (80%), with a small coursework portfolio (20%) There is also the opportunity to take GCSE English if you wish to improve on your original grade.

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We have strong links with a number of Universities and take part in an annual storywriting competition, as well as supporting students in a range of writing competitions locally and nationally. We run an annual creative writing trip through the world famous Arvon Foundation.

Future opportunities

English Language is useful for a wide range of educational courses and careers. It is a good preparation for any degree with a linguistic element, and for careers in which knowledge of, and a sensitivity to, language will be required.

Students who have studied A Level English have gone into careers such as journalism, teaching and social work, to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

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