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English Language

English Language




Qualification Type:

A Level


Entry criteria:

Minimum grade 5 in English Language and a 5 in English Literature


Subject description:

There is never a dull moment in the A Level English language classroom. Whether we are debating a controversial language issue or writing our own openings to a dystopian novel, students studying English are always investigating the language of real-life. We explore different contexts and cultures to widen our own awareness of the world and how its people communicate.


Course structure:

Paper 1 – language, the individual and society

2 hours 30 minutes exam (40% of A Level)

  • - Analysis of a wide range of genres and the meanings and representations they create
  • - Exploration of children’s language development


Paper 2 – language diversity and change

2 hours 30 minutes exam (40% of A Level)

  • - Evaluation of language diversity or language change (e.g. age, gender, power, ethnicity, occupation, culture, accent, technology)
  • - Analysis of linguistic articles
  • - Creation of your own linguistic article


Non-exam assessment – language in action

2x pieces of coursework (20% of A Level)

  • - Original writing piece which is informative, narrative or persuasive
  • - Commentary piece in which you explain your own creative process
  • - Language investigation into an area of language of your choice


Post-18 opportunities:

English A Levels are always highly regarded by universities and further education institutions. The skillset you develop from this course combines detailed analysis of language with the development of skills as both a producer and interpreter of language. The course offers opportunities in: teaching, law, journalism, PR, advertising and marketing, forensic linguistics, speech therapy, human resources and publishing.


Teacher responsible: Miss C Thraves