English Language

Delve into the English language through the study of a range of texts and mediums, including song lyrics, excerpts from Facebook or Twitter, media, online communication, film, TV and newspaper articles.

You'll explore how language is used in the media to influence and inform the public and develop an understanding of how and why language is used in various contexts.

Studying English Language demonstrates to universities and future employers that you have excellent reading and writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively and concisely and an in-depth understanding of one of the most common languages in the world.

This A level is great to study alongside A level English Literature and A level Psychology.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Language, the individual and society
    You will consider the different techniques writers use and evaluate whether they are effective and how they create meanings. You will also study how children acquire language, look at the various stages of development, and make links between social interaction and language acquisition.

  • Language varieties, diversity and change
    You will explore varieties of English, including attitudes to language diversity and language in social and geographical contexts. This will include looking at accent and dialect as well as how factors such as age, gender and occupation can affect language use. You will consider language diversity and change over time and language in different contexts from 1600 to the present day.

  • Language in action
    You will explore and analyse language data and carry out two pieces of individual research - a language investigation and a piece of original writing with a commentary.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by a combination of examinations and non-examined assessments including both an investigation and a piece of original writing.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C) or above, including maths and a grade 5 in English (equivalent to grade B).

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

An A level in English Language shows that you have excellent reading and writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively and an understanding of one of the most common languages in the world.

You could progress on to university before securing a career in the media, journalism, publishing, business, speech therapy or teaching.

Ref: Claire Swanwick

What our tutors say...

"The English language is the most universal language in history. Through the study of this, you can decipher the origin and meaning, tracing it back to its very roots."

Claire, English Language Tutor

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