Emoji & Emoticons Study Leads to Place at Oxford

An A Level student’s interest in emoji and emoticons has led to a place at Oxford to study Linguistics.

Nikita Kandwala’s Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) investigated the extent to which emojis and emoticons constitute a bona fide language and gained her an A*, along with her A* for her Spanish A Level. She is now going to read Spanish and Linguistics at Hertford College, Oxford.

Nikita attends Burgess Hill Girls where 88% of language A Levels achieved a record A*-A grade.

MFL Alive & Well in GSA Schools
It’s a similar picture throughout other Girls’ Schools Association schools, where modern foreign languages are alive and well and A Level students are celebrating success in a wide range of languages including Chinese and Russian as well as French, Spanish and German.

At Heathfield School in Ascot, for example, an outstanding 100% of modern foreign language candidates – French, German, Spanish, Chinese and Russian recorded all A*-A grades. At Leweston School 50% of modern foreign language grades – across 6 different language options – were A*-A and in Birmingham 34% of Year 13 students at King Edward VI High School for Girls took at least one modern foreign language in French, Spanish, German or Italian.

Continuing to Study Languages at University
At Ipswich High School, Georgina King’s two A*s and an A mean she will now be studying Modern and Medieval Languages at Newnham College, Cambridge.

At The Queen’s School in Chester, Isobel Jones (A* A* A) is off to study Spanish and Portuguese at Edinburgh while Amy Lewis will study Contemporary Chinese at Nottingham.

In Bristol, every A Level German student at Redland High School achieved an A*, with A*/A grades also sweeping the board in Spanish. And an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) on the impact upon women of the Cultural Revolution in China has gained Zoe Jinadu a place at Oxford studying Chinese.

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