We can't wait to welcome you to Andover College in September! 

We have created this interactive page to give you a sense of what studying English Language at Andover College is like. Scroll down to learn about the impact of regional accents on the English language and watch the presentation created by your college lecturers Kristin and Rob! 

We would love to see your ideas and results so please send them back to andoverapplicantwelcome@sparsholt.ac.uk with 'English Language' as the email heading!  

Be sure to look into the additional help and support we can provide through our experienced Careers and Health & Wellbeing teams. 

Welcome to the Course!

As an English Language student at Andover College you will study and examine at a deeper level how language is formed, spoken and written and these platforms affect its transmission and understanding. This course will also examine language within a wider geographical context and explores accents and dialects in the UK, Australia and America - watch the introductory presentation below to start learning about this fascinating topic!

Once you have watched the video have a go at the accompanying activities and make sure you email us your results!


Each year students from across the college go on a variety of exciting and informative trips to aid and support their learning. The English language students last year got the opportunity to visit The Guardian Headquarters in London! They spent the time exploring the offices and meeting journalists and even got a chance to write their own feature article!


Ready for more... 

BBC Writers room is running a free online 'Introduction to Screenwriting' course in partnership with the University of East Anglia and Future Learn. Have a look and let us know how you get on! 

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Additional Resources 

Interested in learning more about the various topics you will study at college in September? Take a look at these additional resources and let us know how you get on! 

Video recommendations: 

  • David Crystal on Texting - here. 

  • Stephen Fry on Identity - here.
  • Sephen Fry on The Origins of Language - here.

Additional Activities 

Take a look at the additional activity documents below. Start by reading pages 22 and 23 to gain an introduction into representation before moving onto the document regarding 'Representing Wales'. 

You should also read this article on the impact of the internet on our language - here. 

Before September you should have: 

  • Complete Map activity (match the locations to the numbers) – on PowerPoint
  • Complete IPA task (use ‘IPA chart’ to phonetically spell the list of words given) – on PowerPoint
  • Complete research task – ‘Pre-enrolment info’. Find 1 online article that discusses Accent & Dialect and 1 article that discusses Gender, then complete questions – on Mahara and PowerPoint
  • Textbook activity – read pages 22 & 23 of the ‘Representation Task’ and complete activity ‘2’.
  • Redesign the two pages of ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ so that they represent male and female roles in society differently. For example, how might the mother be represented differently here?
  • Read the ‘Representation of Wales’ attachment and come up with your own fact sheet / article about another group of people in society / a place in society that is represented unfairly – perhaps through stereotypes.

Representation Task

Representation of Wales

Our Courses: 

A-Level in English Language (2 Years) 

New Activity!

Read the article below and produce a list detailing the different stereotypes of males and females.

What language barrier? Here.

Oxford Press Resources 

Oxford University Press have produced a variety of activities to enable your learning over the long summer break. Make sure you let us know how you get on! 

English resources available here. 

Careers Guidance 

Our careers guidance aims to expand the horizons of all students enabling you to make informed career decisions in order to progress both during and after college. 

Carol is our dedicated Careers Advisor for Andover College! 

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We also have our Sun Progression Mentor Anna! 

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Anna works alongside the Southern Universities Network (SUN) to help students recognise the routes of progression available to them, and to continue their journey in education! 

We recently launched the new Careers Hub located in the College library so come and say hello to Carol and Anna! 

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Student wellbeing and support 

At Andover College we understand that starting college in these uncertain times can be daunting and we aim to make this process as simple as possible. 

We have a dedicated team that provide our students with any additional support they need including; 

  • Counselling 
  • Carer support 
  • Childcare support 
  • Confidential one-to-one services 

We have also recently introduced two new members to the wellbeing team ... Arlo and Romeo the Therapy Dogs!

Arlo and Romeo are part of the continued effort from Andover College to consistently improve on and add to provisions for students. They are based on campus with their owners throughout term.

Research has shown that students are significantly less stressed and anxious, and even have increased happiness and energy, immediately following spending time in a drop-in session with a dog present. What good boys!

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Social Media 

We love to post about all our students on our platforms including their achievements, trips and excellent work - take a look at some of the highlights below and make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube! 

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Not already applied?

Got this link but not yet applied? – Click below so you can join us in September!