Full Time

Subject Area


Course Length

2 Years




16-18 Year Olds


A Level

Course Level


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Who is this course for?

This course is for school leavers that would like to develop their interest and enjoyment in the use of English.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need five GCSEs at grade C or above including a grade B or above in English Language or Literature to study an English Language A Level.

What are the key things you'll learn?

Component 1: Language Variation (35% of overall qualification)

Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes. Two sections: you must answer the question in Section A and the other question in Section B.

• Section A – Individual Variation: one question on two unseen 21st-century linked texts/data. You are required to produce an extended comparative response
• Section B – Variation over Time: one question on two thematically linked unseen texts/data, from two different periods. You must produce an extended comparative response

Component 2: Child Language (20% of overall qualification)

Written examination, lasting 1 hour. One question based on a set of unseen data – either spoken or written. You must produce an extended response

Component 3: Investigating Language (25% of the total qualification). Written examination, lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.

Two sections: students answer one question from Section A and one question from Section B. You will select a research focus from five topic areas and develop your research and investigation skills. In doing so, you will develop your personal language specialism. A subtopic will be pre-released in the January before the examination. The pre-released subtopic will provide a steer for your research and investigation to enable you to prepare for the external assessment.

Component 4: Crafting Language (20% of the total qualification)
You are required to produce two assignments:

Assignment 1: two pieces of original writing from the same genre, differentiated by function and/or audience (AO5 assessed).
Assignment 2: one commentary, reflecting on the two pieces of original writing produced and making connections with research undertaken
Assignment 1 is 1500–2000 words and Assignment 2 is 1000 words. Total of 50 marks available: Assignment 1 is 30 marks and Assignment 2 is 20 marks.

How you will learn

You will be taught using a variety of styles and methods and will be encouraged to become involved in debate and discussion about the power of meaning and the skills writers use to put ideas across.

In a typical week you will be given a range of tasks and classroom activities and will also be required to complete regular homework as well as undertake wider reading.

Where could this course take you?

English is often deemed a ‘core’ subject and gaining an A-level qualification will open a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities.

Suggested subject combinations include essay based choices such as History, Sociology, English Literature. Law and Media/Film Studies.