English Language

A Level

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Availability & Details

English Language, A-Level HF-ENLAAL-D(0000)000

Havant Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

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Have you ever wondered how babies acquire speech and how children learn to write? Think men and women talk differently? Bemused by “gay” meaning something different now to a hundred years ago? Want to test whether “teens” and technology really are ruining the language?  

On this course, you will find out the answers to these and many other questions!  

You will study the language of speech, writing and social media. You’ll discover how gender, occupation, class and where you come from, impacts on English. You’ll look at the language of different social groups and how English has evolved over 500 years. You will develop excellent reading and writing abilities; sharpening your analytical, expressive and evaluative skills. You will write creatively and critically about language and develop the independent investigation and research skills that universities will love.  

This course is VERY different from what you’ve been doing for GCSE English. Apply for this course if you love the sheer variety of English, like to read a lot and have an enquiring mind. 

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include a grade 5 for GCSE English Language.

On this English Language A Level at HSDC Havant you will study the following:

Exam Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

A. Textual Variations & Representations

B. Children’s Language Development 

Exam Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

A. Diversity & Change

B. Language Discourses

Non-Examined Assessment: Language In Action

A. Original Writing and Commentary

B. Language Investigation


You will experience a range of teaching and learning methods which include, mini-lectures, independent research projects, discussion and debate, presentations of your own, reading and note-taking. We make use of Google Classroom apps to enable collaborative learning. 

Assessment is through a mix of essay writing, journalistic writing, data gathering and analysis and report-writing. There will be quizzes and games to help you get on top of the terminology.

We will be offering opportunities to attend study days and conferences organised by the British Library, the English & Media Centre and various universities.

There are two exams at the end of the second year. There are also two pieces of non-examined assessment (coursework) which are embedded within the two year course.

All required resources will be provided. If you wish to attend any of the conferences and study days you will need to pay for these.

This course can lead on to a wide range of career pathways including copywriting, advertising, public relations, publishing, journalism, speech therapy, curating and law.

This course is accepted by all university institutions for entry onto undergraduate courses. 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.

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