Sixth Form Applications
Applications to Heart of England Sixth Form are welcome.
Sixth Form: English Language (AS/A2)
There are two separate A Levels offered by the English Department: English Language and English Literature.
The subject involves the study of the English Language in action with the study of the spoken word and how language is used in a variety of social contexts. Also the process of how children acquire language will be studied along with how language has changed from 1700 to the present day. There is also the opportunity to develop their written skills by completing their own original writing and a language investigation.
Unit 1: ENGB1 Introduction to the Study of Language
Involves the introduction to the study of the English Language with a particular focus on three themes: Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology.
Unit 2: ENGB2 Creating Texts
Students are required to produce two pieces of original writing for different purposes and audiences and are expected to write 2500 to 3500 words. Examples of writing include: short story writing, dramatic monologues, magazine and newspaper articles and information booklets. This component is worth 40% of total AS mark.
Unit 3 and 4 are studied in Year 13
Unit 3: ENGB3 Developing Language
This unit builds on the knowledge which has been acquired during year 12, with an additional focus on how children acquire language. The second key programme of study is Language Change, involving the study of how the English language has changed from the Late Modern period through to the present day. Assessment is through an examination of 2hrs 30mins and is worth 30% of the total A level mark.
Unit 4: ENGB4 Investigating Language
Students produce two pieces of written coursework: A Language Investigation on a topic of their own choice and an associated media text. Students are expected to write 2500-3500 words. This unit is worth 20% of the total A level mark
Entry Requirements and Prohibited Options
In order to embark on either A Level English Language or A Level English Literature, students should have grade C at least in English Language at GCSE.
Activities and Trips
There will be opportunities to take part in Study Workshops at local Universities.
English Language students are encouraged to purchase their own core text book, so that they can be annotated for examination preparation.
Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities
The study of English Language can be very successfully combined with English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Media Studies. Obviously, there are many combinations which would be successful, depending on student preferences.
A selection of resources to help students with their study:
Here there are various folders for English Language, including material on Language Acquisition and Language Change
Past papers for English Language can be found at:
Useful Links (internal and external)
Further supporting material can be found at:
For further information please contact Mrs Harris, Curriculum Leader: Engllish