Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at Grades 9-4, Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Grade 6 in GCSE English Literature.

Reasons to study A Level English Language

Academic challenge and interactive lessons. We offer an exciting and highly interactive course in which we which explore topical and interesting issues such as: language and identity, child language acquisition and accent bias.

Become an effective communicator. This course explores how we communicate and interact with others in different contexts, as well as how identities are negotiated through language.
You will write perceptive analysis and also regularly present your ideas in seminar-style sessions.

Highly prized skills. You will gain high-level analytical skills and develop your ability to frame a coherent argument.

Choice and independence. You can choose your own focus for the non-exam assessment component. This will include creating your own set of data.

Preparation for university. As a pathway to university study, English Language is ideal for most disciplines as it brings together elements of the social sciences, humanities and creative subjects while requiring close analytical study of texts, transcripts, and even multi-modal forms like social media.

Preparation for exciting professional careers. The English Language A level course provides a strong foundation on which to undertake a wide range of degree subjects – from Law to Psychology and beyond.

Course Outline

You will discover the ways in which people communicate with others and what makes us use language differently depending on the precise context.

Use a variety of terminology to analyse texts, ranging from text messages to formal political speeches – and to also see how identity can be detected in language use.

There is a study of how children acquire language, where the English language comes from historically, and what has made it change over time.

You will consider English as a global language and its advantages and disadvantages.

Research includes: theories of language use, gender and power; accent and dialect as well as studying varieties of English such as American and Australian.

Assessment Outline

The AQA English Language Course offers students the opportunity to study a range of different modules (7)

These include: Textual variations and representations; Children’s language development; Language discourses as well as looking at crafting the pupils’ own writing skills.

Paper 1 Language, the individual and society:
Methods of language analysis, exploring concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
This is worth 40% of the A Level.

Paper 2 Language diversity and change:
Exploring language diversity and change over time. Students will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
This is worth 40% of the A Level.

Non-exam assessment Language in action:
The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.

It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research: a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data); A piece of original writing and a commentary (750 words each).

Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of personal interest.
This is worth 20% of the A Level.

Progression Routes and Career Paths

  • Editor
  • Copywriter
  • Journalism
  • Content Writer
  • English Teacher
  • Law
  • Author
  • Linguist
  • Technical Writer
  • Speech Therapist

The Romero’s English Department

A team of dedicated and highly experienced A level teachers who know how to get the best results for each individual student.

Our lessons are engaging, lively and challenging – allowing students to discuss and reflect as they continue to hone their own analytical and creative skills.

Our aim is to make sure that every student is challenged and supported to reach their full potential

We offer opportunities to attend lectures and workshops given by visiting academics.

Further Information

For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level English Language course please contact:

Ms B Norman – Subject Leader for English [email protected]