English Language A-Level Course

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Introduction to English Language


If you enjoy reading, but would also like to develop your knowledge and understanding of English Language as well as your skills of analysis and creative writing, then this course is for you.

Are you interested in why certain people speak the way that they do? Have you ever noticed how men and women speak differently? Do you know what makes a good communicator? Are you sure you know your nouns from your verbs? If you would like to explore these questions and are eager to find out more, then this course should be on your list of A-Level considerations. However, like many A-Level subjects, English Language A-Level is nothing like its GCSE counterpart. It is challenging at times and analysis is a major part of the course.  You will encounter countless texts from a variety of different genres - and not only written data either. 

You will be assessed through examination at AS and A-Level. In addition, there is non-assessed work at A-Level.  You will need to be prepared to work in a group and be motivated to work individually and, essentially, you must be capable of meeting all deadlines. To complement the course, there will be the opportunity to participate in a residential trip to London which features a theatre production visit and a workshop visit to the home and workplace of Dr. Samuel Johnson (1748-1759) who compiled the first comprehensive English dictionary.

Teaching & Assessment

Year 12
Two papers, each of  1 ½ hours, each 50% of AS level.

Year 13
Two papers, each of 2 ½ hours, each 40% of A-Level, plus non-examination assessment, 20% of A-Level.

Vocational Progression

Many career opportunities are open to you with AS/A-Level English Language such as Law, Business, Education, Journalism, Media, Writer, Advertising Executive, PR Officer and Librarian. This course will also enable you to progress onto a degree course in English related studies.

Course Structure

Year 12

Language and the Individual
Topics covered include how language is shaped according to audience, purpose, genre and mode. 
Language Varieties
This unit explores language in its wider social and geographical context and studies, including how identity is constructed and attitudes to language diversity.

Year 13

Language, the Individual and Society
Explores textual variety and children’s language development; how children learn, understand and express themselves through language.
Language Diversity and Change
Exploring language diversity and change over time.
Language in Action
A language investigation involving the production of a piece of original writing and a commentary.