English Language - A Level

Why choose A level English Language?

The study of English Language enables students to develop and apply their understanding of the main concepts and methods used in the analysis and study of language in use.

A proficiency in English complements a wide variety of career paths and further courses of study including law, journalism, education and speech therapies. The ability to read, write and communicate effectively orally are vital skills in one's personal and work life.

What will I study and learn?

Students will engage creatively and independently with a varied programme, which looks at language uses from the past to the present day. The course will also provide opportunities for independent investigation work related to language in use, which will help prepare students for the demands of university level study.

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1:

  • Language, the Individual and Society
  • (Examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes) 40%
    • Textual variations and representations
    • Children’s language development (0-11 years)
    • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Paper 2:

  • Language Diversity and Change
  • (Examination: 2 hours and 30 minutes) 40%
    • Language diversity and change
    • Language discourses
    • Writing skills
    • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Non-exam assessment:

  • Language in Action (2 pieces of assessed coursework) 20%
    • Language Investigation
    • Original Writing
    • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Key Information

  • Level: A Level
  • Examination Board: AQA
  • Subject Leader: Mrs C Wright
  • Course Leader: Miss S Palmer and Mrs O'Farrell

A level Modules:

  • Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society (2 hours and 30 minutes) 40% of A Level
  • Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (2 hours and 30 minutes) 40% of A Level
  • Non-exam assessment: Language in Action (2 pieces of assessed coursework) 20% of A Level

Student comment

"I have really enjoyed the course so far, especially learning about child language acquisition, which will help me in my future career as a teacher."

SIXTH FORM COURSES

A LEVEL

ART AND DESIGN
ART AND DESIGN (FINE ART)
ART AND DESIGN (PHOTOGRAPHY)
BIOLOGY
CHEMISTRY
ECONOMICS
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
ENGLISH LITERATURE
GEOGRAPHY
HISTORY
ICT APPLIED
MATHEMATICS
MEDIA STUDIES
MUSIC
MUSIC TECHNOLOGY
PHYSICAL EDUCATION
PSYCHOLOGY
PHYSICS
SOCIOLOGY
SPANISH

BTEC

PERFORMING ARTS
SPORT
SPORT (MIXED MARTIAL ARTS)

AQA

APPLIED BUSINESS