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English Language A-Level

What is the English Language A-Level?

The English Language A-Level is the study of spoken and written words and how writers use language to fulfil purposes, target specific audiences, reveal attitudes and evoke emotions. The course is quite technical and students will be equipped with the tools and vocabulary to deconstruct texts in detail, looking specifically at how words and grammatical structures can affect meaning. The course also allows students the opportunity to be highly creative and undertake a range of fiction and nonfiction creative writing tasks, evaluating their own work in a critical manner.

What Will You Study?

You will study the detailed mechanics of the English Language, including its words, sounds and structures. Using these skills, you will then explore a variety of text types, such as narrative fiction, travel writing, reviews, scripts, television and radio interviews as well as entertainment programmes. You will develop the skills to analyse both written and spoken modes of language as well as create your own examples.

The focus of later study is on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the English Language, so you will look at topics such as gender, power and politics, the significance of Standard English, Child Language Acquisition and how language has developed over the last five centuries. This includes how language continues to develop in the Twenty First century and how it can be influenced by development in technology.

What Next?

English Language provides a good range of core academic, analytical and written skills. It can lead to a variety of degrees and career paths, including specialist areas such as Speech Therapy, Publishing, Journalism and Teaching. Many students who study this subject go on to follow programmes in Journalism, Teaching, Marketing, Human Resources and Advertising.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in English Language.

Course Type

A Level

What other subjects go well with this subject?

For students who are keen to study English at university, taking English Language with English Literature is a favoured combination. Other popular subjects include; Media Studies, Modern Foreign Languages and the Social Sciences.

Did you know?

Month, orange, silver, and purple do not rhyme with any other word.


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