English Language

Course Overview

A-level English Language will enable you to build on the skills you've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts. You'll use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources in your study of English Language and consider how English is used in a number of different day to day contexts. 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and three at grade 4.

GCSE English or English Language and English Literature at grade 4.

Students wishing to enrol on more than one A Level English course must achieve a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and a grade 4 in GCSE English Literature.

You must be prepared to read widely, write essays and conduct independent work in your own time, such as collecting your own texts or gathering data for personal investigation.

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English is a useful subject for a wide range of careers including publishing, teaching, law, accountancy, marketing and jobs in the arts and media industries. A range of English-related courses are available at university, and our English Language students have undertaken courses such as English and Popular Culture, English Language and Linguistics, English and Creative Writing, English and Communication Studies and Journalism.

Course Outline
  • Textual variations and representations 
  • Children’s language development 
Language diversity and change 
  • Language discourses Writing skills 
  • Language Investigation Original writing 

2 written exams: 2 hours 30 minutes each 
200 marks
 80% of A-level 

Language Investigation
 Original Writing 
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities Assessed
 Word count: 3,500
 100 marks

20% of A-level
 Assessed by teachers 
Moderated by AQA 

Exam Board 

Pouya Bidar

"The course has been amazing and has improved my knowledge of analysing any type of text including posters, letters, and other variety forms of text that could be used on a daily basis"

Pouya Bidar

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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