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English Language


Why study English Language? 

English Language is at the heart of everything we do as human beings: communication. Everything we do as human beings is a form of communication and English Language A Level enables you to study the origins and development of our communication in addition to how writers and speakers manipulate their choices of language for particular audiences, modes and purposes.  If you enjoy investigation orientated learning and are interested in debating intentions behind language use, this subject is a must for you.

Extra-curricular aspect of the course

You are encouraged to broaden your investigation of language use beyond the classroom.  Undertaking observations of language use in different contexts, modes and time periods is strongly recommended. Your observations may be within school, a home environment, informal weekend activities or even in multimedia productions.

Entry Requirements

Students considering studying A Level English Language are expected to achieve GCSE Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language. Students should also be enthusiastic about reading, writing and speaking and listening and be committed to studying independently.

Higher Education and Careers

The investigative nature of this highly respected course is recognised by universities. The transferable skills you will develop, such as the ability to independently research and evaluate language use in your chosen topic area will be valued by universities and employers alike. This course will challenge you to push the boundaries of your communication and your reception of written and oral language and how it has shaped you as an audience member. Therefore a background in English Language is useful in many high profile career areas such as Journalism, Politics, Teaching, Media, Publishing, Performing Arts, Broadcasting, and Psychological Sciences.

Equipment required for the course

Folders for storing notes, highlighters, post-its and a quality academic dictionary.                         

At A Level, students complete two externally examined units: Language, the Individual and Society and Language Diversity and Change. For each unit the students will sit one examination at the end of Year 13. These papers are each weighted 40% of the overall grade. Students also complete a Non-Examination Assessment which is worth 20% of the overall A Level and is assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA.