English Language


A Level

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

A minimum of a 6 in English Language is required.

Why study this course?

English Language studies the complexities of English in real life situations. The study of semantics is key to critical analysis in all subjects and English Language is not only a subject but the medium of learning, making it invaluable in academia.

What will I study?

Year 1

Language Diversity: The study of variation in accent, dialect and slang nationally. How these changes occurred and how they are viewed in society is key to this topic.

Textual Variation and Representation: This deals with the conscious and subconscious choices made by speakers and writers to present a variety of topics including self through pragmatics.

Writing Skills: This will comprise of opinionated articles written for professional publications focusing on language issues.

Year 2

Language Acquisition: This will track the various stages of children’s acquisition of speech, reading and writing. This offers insight into grammatical structures, their logic and child psychology.

Language Change: This topic tracks the roots of our language, where it came from, which languages have influenced it. This involves looking critically at how our language is structured and its inherent flaws and inconsistencies.

How will I be assessed?

Two exams (2 hour 30 mins)

  • Language Investigation (2000 words)
  • Creative writing piece and commentary (1500 words)

Where can it lead?

  • Teaching
  • Professional writing
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Publishing

Mr P Berry

Course Leader

Mrs E Edmonds – Faculty Leader

Mr J Claxton

Mrs M Claxton

Mrs H Hanifin

Mr J Jarvis

Mr A Meakin

Mrs E Warwicker

Course Materials