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English Language

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Have you ever thought about how we use language on a daily basis and how language varies from person to person and place to place? If so, this course will give you a fascinating insight into the language we tend to take for granted; it is an exciting and thought-provoking course that will allow you to discover more about language use in the world around you.

The course is separated into three areas: ‘Language and the Individual’, ‘Language Varieties’ and ‘Language in Action’. Under these areas, you will investigate a wide range of text and data, such as text messages, spoken language, texts written by children and data collected about the way specific groups use language.

The course also enables you to be creative in your own use of language, with opportunities to create your own texts, investigations, discursive essays and opinion articles.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in English.


Assessment is through two pieces of coursework (20%) and two exams (40% each). Examinations take place at the end of two years of study.

WHY STUDY English language?

A good A Level in English Language is a valuable qualification for many different career/degree paths – an understanding of language and communication is key for any career that involves working with others or some use of writing skills, the list of which is infinite. It will also help you to become a more critical and evaluative thinker, a skill which compliments many other subject options and career/degree paths.

Students who study courses in English will be given opportunities, if available, to visit lecture-style events at local universities with specialist linguists to support their learning. We are also developing partnerships across other A Level providers to offer specialist workshops on particular aspects of the course.

Financial Information

Students are required to purchase their own texts (when required) and provide their own stationery.

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.
–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.
–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:
    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.

Future Opportunities

This A level will be useful for any future career which involves work with the general public, or any career which involves some measure of writing skills or communication.

Future Careers might include: journalism, law, media, advertising, teaching, performing arts and business.

Further Information

You need to be enthusiastic and curious about language – how context alters its usage and how it has changed over time. You will have a keen interest in written communication of all kinds. You also need to be able to engage in discussion about how language is structured (grammar) and how words and linguistic patterns create changes in meaning. You will have independent study skills and plenty of personal motivation.

Students who study this course will be given opportunities, if available, to visit lecture-style events at local universities.