A Level English Language is a fascinating subject which will develop your knowledge of how we use language far beyond what you learnt at GCSE. It is ideal for anyone preparing for a future career in journalism, publishing, marketing, public relations, and all fields in which written and spoken methods of communication are important.
You will study a range of linguistic concepts, analyse your own idiolect (the words and phrases you use), along with a wide variety of spoken and written texts ranging from Shakespeare to social media. Studying the development of children’s spoken language from birth to seven years of age is a highlight for most students, as well as investigating how and why the English language has changed between the 17th and 21st centuries. You will also have the opportunity to craft your own writing for a variety of purposes and audiences and conduct your own independent language investigation for coursework.
ACTIVITIES – Click to download activities designed to give you a deeper understanding of the subject.
You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 5 range.
You will be assessed through written examinations, with regular internal assessment taking place as the course unfolds. Your final A Level exam will be made up of two/three exam papers covering the entire programme at the end of year two.
All students are expected to purchase a range of English language textbooks which will be used throughout both years. These can be purchased via the College online store when you enrol.
Students who have gained this qualification have gone to study in many of the top universities such as Bristol, Kings College London, Manchester, Leeds, Exeter, Nottingham and Edinburgh. Many are studying journalism, primary teaching, media, linguistics, speech therapy, cultural studies and international relations.
Studying English language has equipped me with a plethora of skills that helped improve my essay writing techniques, which in turn has been beneficial for my other subjects and when applying for university and jobs.
A Levels (English Language, History & Psychology)