English Language, A-Level


You will study the language of speech and writing to discover how gender, occupation, class and where you come from have had an impact on English language. You’ll look at the language of different social groups and how English has evolved over 500 years. You’ll develop your analytical, expressive and evaluative skills. 

You will be able to develop your written and analytical skills. English Language is essential if you’re going on to study English, linguistics or even teaching. Or you have ambitions to train as a speech therapist. English Lanuage is also a must for aspiring journalists.

English Language will lead you into exciting and challenging new areas of study. You will cover linguistic forensics and criminology, where you learn to piece together evidence based on your analysis of a person’s written and speech style.


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English Language, A-Level SF-ENLAAL-D(1718)000

South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics at grade 4 or above. It is desirable that you have a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

On this course you will study:

Year 1:

A wide variety of written texts (both fiction and non-fiction) and spoken transcripts. Study the relationships between language and power, gender, dialect, social class and occupation. In particular, you will study the way individuals and groups are represented in texts. You will also look at the impact of new technology and how it changes languages. There will be opportunities to do some opinion-based writing.

Year 2:

How children acquire spoken language and learn to read and write; study the history of the English Language since 1600. For coursework, you will investigate/research an area of the English Language of personal interest and produce a piece of original writing (informative, persuasive or narrative).

The specification explores the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right. With an emphasis on the ability for you to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual thought.

You can study both English Language and English Literature as separate A Levels.


The College offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, tutorials, presentations and group discussions.


By exam at the end of the course and submission of a portfolio of coursework.

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This is a well organised subject with excellent quality of teaching. It linked really well to my chosen progression for the future and my degree path.

Sam Wilkinson, English Language A Level


English Language combines well with any subject but is particularly complimentary to Sociology, Psychology, Politics, Law, Creative Writing, English Literature, Media and any Modern Foreign Language.

The majority of our students progress on to higher education, studying a wide variety of subjects. Related degrees our students have gone on to study include Law, International Business, Economics, Speech & Language Therapy, English Literature, Linguistics and Creative Writing.



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