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English Language (A Level)

Course Overview

This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education. It offers a wide range of options with or without a degree: Law, Accountancy, Media, Banking, Local Government, Civil Service, Personnel / Human Resources, Journalism – and Teaching.

Enrichment opportunities include conferences, lectures, University Master Classes, visiting speakers, workshops and theatre visits.

Entry Requirements

GCSE 6 or above in English Language and 5 in English Literature.

Qualities Required

You must enjoy reading and have a genuine interest in the use of English in a variety of contexts and genres, with a willingness to extend and develop your range. You will need well established writing skills, an open mind and a willingness to enter into debate and discussion. You will need to be able to manage a demanding work load.

Links with Other Subjects

English Language provides an excellent complement to Arts, Performing Arts and Social Sciences. It is frequently studied together with Mathematics. As a discipline which demands rigorous analytical and fluent communicative skills, it enhances all Post 16 study.

Exam Board


Method of Assessment

At A Level: Students will be assessed by two written examinations, each worth 40% of the final A Level grade and an Investigation worth 20%.

units of study - A level 

At A Level, students will focus on three areas of language study; Language, the Individual and Society, Language Varieties and Change and Language in action.

Within these topics they cover a range of data and a variety of extracts. Text types could include; magazines, social media, text messaging and adverts. They will also complete a Language Investigation.