English Language

A different language is a different version of life


English Language is a fascinating subject which will help you understand the world and become a better writer.

Whether it’s learning how words are manipulated for political rhetoric, exploring the language journey of young children or honing your journalistic skills with a feature article, this course will entertain, inform and excite you.

The course builds on the skills of GCSE English but does not explore whole texts in great detail. Whatever course or career you are considering in the future, English Language will give you a valuable set of skills. This subject is for everyone.

Course Structure and Organisation

The course is taught in units in which students are assessed via modular exams and coursework. Two teachers will be teaching each group.

In the AS year the unit for examination covers the introductory aspects of the study of language, using a variety of texts for the basis of study. In addition it focuses on the three specific social contexts: Language and Power, Language and Gender and Language and Technology. For the coursework candidates are encouraged to develop their own writing skills, producing writing for different genres, audiences and purposes.

In A2 you will build on the knowledge and skills developed in the AS units. The unit for examination will focus on two specific areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. The coursework unit enables students to apply their knowledge of linguistic methods and concepts on two separate pieces of writing: a language investigation and an informative media text.

English Language
Summer module – Categorise Texts and Social Contexts Coursework – Creating Texts.
Summer module – Language Development Coursework – Investigating Language Weighting The coursework element is worth 40% of the overall assessment for A2, 20% in Year 12 and 20% in Year 13. For AS only, coursework is 40%.

Course requirements

One grade 5 and one grade 6 or higher at GCSE English Language and Literature or 2 grade 5’s with teacher recommendation.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

This course works well with all courses especially those that are essay based.

Where could this course take you?

English Language A-level is beneficial for a wide range of higher education courses and careers beyond because of the transferable skills it offers. It is particularly useful for those wanting to study further English, History, Journalism, Media, Social Sciences and communication-based courses at university.


Contact Mrs Timney directly for more information on this course.

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