AS/A Level English Language
A Level English Language is a two year course which will give you the opportunity to develop your skills of linguistic analysis and explore language usage in a wide variety of situations and contexts. Many students who enjoy and successfully complete this subject typically progress onto a range of degree courses including: English and related degrees.
Have a look at the questions below: if you answer ‘yes’ to all or most, then this is the subject for you:
- are you fascinated by language and grammar?
- are you curious about language and gender, technology and power?
- are you keen to discover how children learn language so quickly?
- do you ever wonder why – or if – accent and dialect matter?
English Language at A Level enables you to:
- develop skills of linguistic analysis and evaluation
- explore language usage in a wide variety of situations and social contexts
- respond to written, spoken and electronic texts
- study child language acquisition and language change
You will be taught by enthusiastic, dedicated and highly experienced tutors with extensive knowledge of setting and marking papers for national examining boards. As a result, our English Language students achieve excellent examination results: the pass rate is 100% and the success rate at A2 is ‘outstanding’.
There are also opportunities to participate in a wide range of enrichment activities such as:
- Creative Writing Society
- English Society and English Academy
- Debating Society
What will I study?
Something that is a world away from GCSE English!
Expect your linguistic journey to be both varied and challenging. You will explore the English language from all angles, delving inside to see how it works, and ranging outside to understand its multiple influences. Along the way it will become obvious why English is the main language for over one billion speakers – that’s one in seven of the world’s population. You will also learn why it has variously been described as a ‘hoover’, ‘as slippery as cream buns’ and a ‘mirror of our society’.
For our A Level programme our entry requirements are a minimum of 5x Grade 5.
*Please note that the following A Level subject requires a Level 6 in GCSE English: English.
*Please note that the following A Level subjects require a Level 6 in GCSE Maths: Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology.
At A Level the subject will be assessed by 80% examination and 20% coursework.
You might want to progress to a degree in English Language or Linguistics; If not, English Language supports a wide variety of other subjects, and opens the door to a diverse range of career opportunities. These include administration, publishing, journalism, media, law, personnel, management and teaching, for which English is a core National Curriculum subject. In addition, the analytical, communication and evaluation skills you will acquire are highly regarded by both employers and universities, and are also valuable in their own right.