By engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts, A Level English Language will enable you to build on the skills you've developed at GCSE. 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.
You will need 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.
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.
- 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 (worth 200 marks and 80% of A Level)
Language Investigation, Original Writing, Methods of Language Analysis are integrated into the activities assessed
Word count: 3,500 (worth 100 marks and 20% of A Level)
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA