English Language

A Level

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English Language, A-Level AF-ENLAAL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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English Language is a fascinating subject. You’ll study grammar, how children learn to speak and write, how language varies and develops over time and other issues such as the effect of language on our perception of the world.

The foundation of the HSDC Alton English Language A Level course is the analysis of both written and spoken language, which will enable you to understand how texts work and to effectively write your own.

The coursework offers you free choice to develop your own original writing, so whether you are interested in sports journalism or creative writing – you choose.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4.

You must have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Language.

At HSDC Alton on the English Language A Level, you will study:

  • Language & Individual Variation. Have you ever wondered why people use language so differently? Is it true that females 'gossip' males 'swear' and all teenagers use 'like'? This section is where you find out what’s really going on when we use language.
  • Language Variation over time. This section studies how and why language changes. Why do we no longer use 'thee' and 'thou'? Is English really getting worse? And what exactly is a “hopper arsed hoddy doddy”?
  • Child Language. This section covers how humans are able to acquire speech so quickly and to such a high level. It also covers how children are taught to read and write.
  • Language Investigation. You will investigate a range of language issues around Language & Gender, and Language & Journalism. You will develop your own skills as a researcher and find data.
  • Coursework – this is where you get to choose. You will produce two pieces of original writing and a commentary. If you love creative writing or are interested in journalism – this is the course for you.

Lessons activities are wide-ranging, from debates to data analysis, research to individual writing. We also organise a range of trips to help your learning and understanding of context.

20% coursework
80% exams – made up of three exam papers; Variation, Child Language and Investigating Language.

Printing costs £10 per year.
Optional trips from £20 each.

A Level English Language students are encouraged to join the creative writing enrichment activity. Current writers and poets often visit the College to give talks and advice about becoming a professional writer. Several students work in local schools each year to gain teaching work experience during their non-contact time.

The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at the college.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

The college is a bright and happy place, everyone is kind and friendly to each other.

Megan Hall, A Level student