English Language is a challenging, but fascinating course. Over the two years we will examine the ways that society is represented through language, and how individuals define themselves by their use of language.

We will explore how children acquire language and analyse the ways that English, in its spoken and written form, is adapted to suit different purposes and audiences. We will also study the diversity of English pronunciation and dialect, and look at the history of the English language, charting its changes over the centuries. You’ll conduct linguistic investigations and also practise writing in a variety of styles yourself.



  • Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language and
  • Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Literature
  • This subject can be studied as both a two-year A Level and a one-year AS Level course
  • This is a very popular course, so the better your grades in both subjects, the more likely you will get a place. Therefore, aim to achieve at least the minimum entry grades.


A Level English Language (AQA)

The course is divided into three units: two exams and the coursework component. Although specific texts and topics may vary from year to year, the following summary gives a good indication of the course.

Unit One: Language, the individual and society

This area of study will introduce you to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It will also introduce you to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language. Assessment will be a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 40% of the A Level.

  • Two texts, linked by theme, but from different periods of time, will be analysed and compared.
  • Spoken and/or written data will provide a focus for an essay about children’s language development.

Unit Two: Language diversity and change

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language variety. You will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social and geographical contexts. We will study varieties of English within the British Isles too. In this part of the course, we will study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity. The assessment will be a written exam of 2 hours 30 minutes, worth 40% of the A Level.

  • A choice of either an evaluative essay about language diversity, or about language change.
  • Analysis of two texts, evaluating how the writers use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions about language
  • A creative writing task linked to the same ideas within the texts above.

Unit Three: Language in action

The aim of this coursework element is to allow you to explore and analyse language data independently, and develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise. You will have to carry out two different kinds of individual research:

  • a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
  • a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each). Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest. Your teachers will guide you through the options at the end of Year 12.


At the end of Year 12 all students will also be entered for AS Level English Language as preparation for A Level. Students who achieve their target grades will then be able to continue to complete their A Level in Year 13. Students who don’t carry on will receive an AS Level qualification.


English Language A Level is an excellent training for any employment involving communication. In addition, it provides a very useful background to further study in English, Media Studies and Theatre, Journalism, Education, Speech Therapy, Law, Psychology or Sociology.


A Level results vary a little each year, but typically at the end of Year 13:

  • 60% of students achieve Grades A*-B
  • 80% of students achieve Grades A*-C
  • 100% of students achieve Grades A*-E (a pass)
  • Over 80% of Year 13 students gain their target grade or higher.


Mr Poole, Head of English Faculty, Mrs Leon and Dr Shilling. Information about the course can be found here - http://


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