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English Language A-Level

Aims of the Subject

This course aims to prepare students for study of English Language, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education. It also allows students to develop skills such as critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Course Description

Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps. You will study how language use can change depending on social group, region, occupation, gender and ethnicity. You will also investigate how children acquire language, both in written and spoken form. In addition, you will examine how language has changed over time, and how it is used differently all over the world. 


AS Assessment
Unit No Description % of AS Duration
Paper 1 Language and the Individual 50 1 ½ hours
Paper 2 Language Varieties 50 1 ½ hours

A2 Assessment
Unit No Description % of A2 Duration
Paper 1 Language, the Individual and Society 40 2 ½ hours
Paper 2 Language, Diversity and Change 40 2 ½ hours
Coursework Language in Action 20 -

Course Entry Requirements

B grade in English Language at GCSE
5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

Additional information including study requirements

Information on Summer Prep will be given at the Taster Day.

Career Progression

This course is perfect for anyone who would like to go on to study English Language, Linguistics or Creative Writing at university, or for those interested in a career in journalism, publishing or any job which involves studying and understanding the nuances of language.