English Language

English Language

What do people think when they hear your accent? What’s a tablet? Ask Aristotle, then Moses, a doctor then Steve Jobs. What was a vacuum before it became a vacuum? Why might you not want ketchup on your chips (should they EVEN BE CALLED ‘fries’?) once you find out what the word ‘ketchup’ actually means? Is anyone ACTUALLY laughing out loud when they’ve typed ‘LOL’? Do women tell lies better than men?  All of this and more is explored in the wonderful world of English Language.


Duration: 2 years
Starting date: September 2018
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form


What will you do?

If it has been written, spoken, typed, tweeted, re-tweeted, sent, broadcast shouted or mumbled, you will study it. We look at how and why language is used in all its forms in the world today and yesterday.


How will you learn?

English Language lessons are an ACTIVE learning experience, where your opinions, thoughts, ideas and perspectives on the use of language will be asked for and must be expressed out loud. Yes, we teach you to pass exams, but perhaps more importantly we also help you to find your voice.


How are you assessed?

Frequently! After two years, you’ll sit two exams (both lasting for 2 hrs 30 mins) for an A-Level in English Language (OCR). You also complete a coursework folder of 3,500 words on a topic you choose.


You need:

A C grade/Grade 4, preferably higher, in an English subject is required. An inquisitive mind and an analytical eye (preferably two) are also important. The ability to write essays in an academic style is crucial (this is English, after all). A willingness to work hard in lessons but also outside of lessons is certainly required.


What do you need to know?

The subject covers a tremendous range of topics – old language use, new language use, child language use, gendered language use, powerful language use, technology-related language use, media-related language use. That’s a lot of language, right?


What’s next?

Students of English Language go on to study a wide range of subjects including English, History, Media, and Education.


How do I apply/enrol? www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


3 Reasons to join us

  1. A massive 65% A*- B (2017’s A2 English Language students). 100% A Level pass rate overall.
  2. At times, we can study language that you use and you create. This is part of the language change module as you live language everyday – spoken, tweeted, typed.
  3. A chance to choose your own material to study for coursework- your IM chats, the language of gendered differences (or not), how children try to manipulate their mother and father. You name it.


Destinations and Progress:

Students of English Language go on to study degrees in English Language and/or English Literature (Northumbria / York St John). However, students have found studying English Language has set them up for degrees in many different disciplines such as History, Media, Education and Law.


Possible combination subjects:

This subject combines well with other analytical, essay-based subjects which require plenty of independent thinking, evaluation and academic analytical essay writing such as English Literature, Media, History, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion.


What students say:

I love coming to English on my timetabled lessons, the lessons are fun, with a teacher who makes the lessons funny, and entertaining. Martin strives to give a human touch to an otherwise rather intensive course, and has made me fall in love with English again. I’d thoroughly recommend doing this course to any of my friends […] Extremely good and engaging lessons with detailed and easy to learn content, allowing me to learn all the required content in a pleasant and knowledgeable atmosphere.


Extra-curricular activities:

The English team have arranged a cross-curricular trip to London to take in attractions and places of interest such as The Old Bailey, Lincoln’s Inn, The Harry Potter Tour, various museums and galleries and a West End production. We also have a local journalist visit us, Louise Cole, for talks on language use in the media. Writing for a college magazine is also another possibility, depending on interest.