English Language AS/A Level

English Language AS/A Level

How do we learn to talk? How has the English Language changed over time? How does language represent the world around us? These and many other questions will be addressed on this fascinating course which offers something quite different from GCSE English study. You will become a linguist, able to analyse a wide range of spoken and written texts. You will produce pieces of journalistic writing about language, and study how language use might be influenced by power, gender and technology in different contexts.

If you take the full A level, for coursework you will conduct an independent language investigation and an accompanying academic poster.

Additional
A grade 4 in GCSE English Language and/or GCSE English Literature. A higher grade is strongly recommended.
Assessment
External exams and coursework.
Progression
There are some excellent English Language or Language and Linguistics degree courses for which English Language A level is ideal. You can also apply for combined Language and Literature degrees. If you are applying for a degree course entitled “English” or “English Literature”, an A Level in English Literature is usually required. Students doing a wide variety of other subjects, in Arts, Humanities and Sciences, also take A level English. They go on to many different courses and careers. The skills that you learn are a useful starting point for careers in the arts and the media (including journalism), law and business, and in other professions where a disciplined approach and critical awareness are needed. Please note that it is possible to study English Language and English Literature as separate A levels.