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English Language

Course Content

Qualifying students will study a series of language modules geared towards exploring how the English language works and how it varies depending on the age, gender, social culture, acquisition and motive of the user. Students will also explore how the English language has changed and developed over time and how it has become so diverse and varied.

English Language A-Level offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. A-Level English Language explores the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual understanding.

The course will allow students to engage in and develop their understanding of linguistics whilst allowing them to specialize in the interests. There is lots of scope for students to pursue their own independent lines of enquiry and topics for writing throughout the course.

The subject content  of the course will follow key areas of English Language understanding:

  • 'Language, the individual and society'
  • 'Language diversity and change'
  • 'Language in action'
  • 'Language skills and methods’

Students who enjoyed their English Language GCSE will get a lot of enjoyment out of this course – they will be given the opportunity to develop their understanding of English Language and how they can use it to articulate themselves effectively. They will also study the origins of language; how an individual learns the language from infancy to adulthood and how the English language came into existence.

Examination Details

This A-Level will be assessed via two examinations both of which are worth 40% of the final course grade.

Students will also have to complete a piece of coursework requiring students to investigate an aspect of English Language they find interesting whilst simultaneously creating a piece of original writing showcasing their skills; the coursework is worth 20% of their final A-Level grade.

Career Pathways

Students with an A-Level in English Literature typically achieve careers in the following fields:

  • Journalism
  • Media
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Education (Teaching)
  • Publishing / Writing
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Public Sector (Civil Service / Government)
  • Politics
Entry Criteria Grade 6 in English Language is desired.