English Language

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you enjoy exploring how language varies according to its audience, purpose and type then you will love English Language at A Level.  You will discover how children learn to speak, read and write and how language varies and changes.  You should be able to write in a clear, controlled way, utilising linguistic frameworks and applying appropriate terminology.

You will gain an appreciation of the written word, and a wide variety of spoken and electronic media to sustain you throughout life. 


You will learn how to analyse in context several types of writing, including newspapers, magazines, scripts and children’s stories as well as spontaneous and scripted spoken transcripts. You will also be taught how to create original texts and to challenge specific social representations. For coursework, you will do two tasks: undertake a language investigation, developing your independent research skills, and create a piece of original writing with a commentary.

How will it be delivered?

A Level English Language is a linear course which consists of two examination papers and two pieces of coursework.

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

2 hours and 30 minutes (40%)

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

2 hours and 30 minutes (40%)

Non-examination Assessment (Coursework): Language in Action

Language Investigation (2,000 words)

Original Writing and Commentary (1,500 words)


Entry requirements

 We expect you to have at least a Grade 6 in English Language at GCSE, but an equally important qualification is a genuine enthusiasm for our subject and an eagerness to participate in class discussions.

Your next steps...

An understanding of linguistic subtleties and skills in re-writing will equip you for a career in journalism, education, law or industry. You will also gain an A Level in a subject respected by universities which qualifies you for many degree choices.