A Level – English Language

Course Information

Appealing to students who are both analytical and creative in their thinking and writing, A-Level English Language offers you the opportunity to study language used by real people, in the real world.

If you enjoyed exploring the way in which writers used language in GCSE English Language and relished the opportunity to get stuck into creative writing for a variety of purposes, then this could be the course for you.

During your two-year A-Level you will explore big language issues such as:

  • How do children learn to communicate?
  • Why do teenagers use slang?
  • Why does language vary according to where we are from?
  • How do people use language to control and influence others?
  • How has language changed over time?
  • What makes a successful advertising campaign?

You will analyse a wide variety of texts from articles, letters, transcripts, texts, social media messages, advertisements, blogs and many more. As part of this analysis, you will become equipped with a wide breath of linguistic terminology that will be sure to impress any future employer.

Thinking forward:

English Language links well to future careers in: journalism, linguistics, law, sociology, psychology, marketing, publishing, teaching, copywriting, digital content creation, media studies, forensic linguistics and many more.

For further information, speak to Hannah or Jack in the English department.


Exam components-

Language, the Individual and Society-

Here, you will be introduced to methods of language analysis efficient for exploring concepts of genre, audience, mode, purpose, meaning and representation. You will also be introduced to the way in which children’s language develops, exploring how children learn to communicate, understand and express themselves through language.

Language Diversity and Change-

Through this area of study students will explore how language differs in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts, as well as over time. You will study social attitudes towards language diversity and change, in addition to what the experts have to say.

Coursework components-

Language in Action-

Firstly, you will write a piece of creative fiction in conjunction with an analytical commentary evaluating your creative decisions.

Secondly, you will undertake a language investigation, for which you will gather your own data to analyse. This is excellent preparation for those wishing to later undertake university pathways.



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