About the course
The study of the English Language A Level allows you to refine and develop your powers of reading and writing. You will read and explore the use of language in a variety of texts, including advertisements, newspaper articles, short stories, speech transcripts, letters and film scripts.
The course is also highly creative and you are encouraged to write in different styles to meet the needs of a particular audience and then reflect on the techniques used. There is the opportunity to explore your own interests for the coursework options in inventive and original ways. Language in Action gives students the opportunity to develop their own writing skills.
You will also study theories concerning language itself, including language change investigating current debates and attitudes to changes within both written and spoken language. Child language acquisition is a more psychological branch of study, which explores how children learn to speak.
The course content includes an exploration of how people, events, places and cultures are represented in the language of newspapers and television; spoken language and writing skills.
The course is part assessed and examined. The original writing and research of the coursework folder comprises 20% of the final A Level grade.
Will this subject suit me?
The ideal student would take an interest in developing their reading and writing skills and have a good awareness of culture and issues in the news. You would enjoy the intellectual challenge the subject entails, enjoy creative writing and be prepared to grapple with abstract concepts.
Personal study time
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.
A Level English Language
What students say about this subject
"My written skills have improved hugely"
"I loved the child language aspect of the course"
"My approach to all written texts is now much more analytical"
"I really enjoyed learning about the history of the English language"
"Studying English language has really helped me with my other subjects"
To study 3 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths
To study 4 A Levels: 6 GCSEs at Grade 6 or above, including English Language and Maths
Additional Requirements: GCSE grade 5 - 9 in English Language.
Where can it lead?
A good command of the English Language is an invaluable tool for any path you choose in life. In academic terms it gives you an excellent basis for a university degree - a route pursued by many A Level students.
In terms of your career, an ability to analyse text and craft your own writing for particular effect will give you the underpinning skills for a diverse range of jobs including teaching, journalism and law.