English Language

At a glance

Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific: GCSE English Language grade 6


Coursework plus two 2.5 hour examinations at the end of Year 13
Coursework (20%)
Paper 1 (40%)
Paper 2 (40%)

Why choose A Level English Language?

If you can appreciate a beautifully crafted sentence. If you find yourself correcting the grammar of those around you. If you are interested in the power our words have then this is the A Level for you. Perhaps you are the chatterbox amongst your peers? If that’s you then you’ll enjoy learning about how you acquired the skill of spoken language. Maybe you’re the creative storyteller or the forensic analyser? If any of these traits sound familiar then there is plenty on offer with this course to satisfy your appetite.

What will you study?

You will be taught to think analytically, synthesise information, and develop communication skills. Language is one of the key features that defines us as human beings and on this course you will learn how we acquire the language as children, how we use it as a social tool, and how it has evolved over time.

You will explore the origins of English, the various forms it has taken over the centuries, and how it has been evolving.

How will you study?

An A Level English class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE English lessons. Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

A significant proportion of the A Level course, 20% of your overall grade, is non-examination assessment (coursework), this will give you the opportunity to write creatively and to carry out an investigation into an aspect of the course that you have a particularly keen interest in.

The aim of this area of study is to allow you to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect
upon your own writing expertise.

Where will it take me?

An A Level in English Language can lead to the study of English Literature, English Language, History, Psychology, Law or Media Studies at degree level.

Additionally, there are plenty of careers in which an A Level in English Language is relevant such as: Archivist, Arts Administrator, Copy Writer, Editor, Editorial Assistant, Information Officer, Journalist, Librarian, Marketing Executive, Media Researcher, Proof Reader, Public Relations Manager, Social Media Manager, Teacher or Lecturer.


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