English Language A Level

English Language A Level

English Language A Level


Course outline:

We investigate the many varieties of both spoken and written English as well as modern electronic texts from text messages to websites. In the first year, there is a focus on context and identity. Students also learn about how children learn to speak and write.

In the second year, students discover how English has changed over time and the reasons behind these changes. They carry out their own language investigation based on pre-release material form the exam board. The coursework allows students to select a genre and create two original creative pieces that vary by function and/or audience. If you enjoy exploring in depth how language is used as a tool of influence and power, this is the course for you.

Course structure:

Component 1 – Language Variation (Exam)
How language varies depending on factors such as audience and
the historical period it was produced in.
(35% of the course)

Component 2 – Child Language (Exam)
Students explore theories surrounding how children learn to
speak and write.
(20% of the course)

Component 3 – Investigating Language (Exam)
Own investigation carried out from a choice of five topics that
will be supported by pre-release material:
• Global English
• Language and Gender Identity
• Language and Journalism
• Language and Power
• Regional Language Variation (25% of the course)

Component 4 – Crafting Language
(Non-examination assessment)

Students select a genre and produce two original creative
pieces that are differentiated by function and/or audience and a
commentary explaining


Key Facts:

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    Examination Board

    Edexcel

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    Duration

    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs grade A* – C which must include English Language and English Literature at grade 5

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    Possible combinations:

    • Can be taken with English Literature
    • With other A Level subjects from arts, humanities, business or science, according to career intentions
    • With BTEC/OCR Nationals

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    Enrichment opportunities:

    Trips to the British Library in London and English Language conferences

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    Skills developed:

    • Study and analysis of language in written, spoken and electronic modes
    • Writing in different forms and for different audiences and purposes
    • Independent investigative research

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education for degree courses in English and other subjects
    • Career opportunities in advertising, print media, journalism, business, law

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    Assessment summary:

    Three exams and coursework


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