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English Language AS/A2 at Trinity School

Course description

A level English Language involves the study of written and spoken English, including changes in language over time. There is a mixture of analytical examination-based  study and more creative original-writing opportunities. The non-examination unit also offers the opportunity for students to conduct their own research based language investigation. This course will appeal to students who have an interest in how our language is constantly changing and developing. You will have a passion for reading both fiction and non-fiction and an interest in creative writing.

Course content

Year 1 (Year 12) - Component One: Language and the Individual. Students will study textual variation and representation. Assessment will focus on two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme. Written examination (one hour 30 minutes).

  • language diversity
  • attitudes to language diversity within the British Isles
  • directed writing

Written examination (one hour 30 minutes)


Year 2 (Year 13) - Component One: Language, the Individual and Society. Students explore:

  • textual variation
  • representation
  • children’s language development (0-11 years)

Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes).

Component Two: Language Diversity and Change. In this module, students explore:

• language diversity

• language change

• language discourses

• directed writing

Written examination (2 hours 30 minutes)

Component Three: Language in Action. Students will produce: An investigation in which they will ask their own question about language, devise a method to collect the data and write a report on their findings a short piece of original writing. For example: a piece of investigative journalism; a short story or a blog focusing on social issues a reflective commentary.

Non Exam Assessment


Entry requirements

A grade B or above in GCSE English Language is preferred. A passion for reading, both fiction and non-fiction is essential, as is an interest in creative writing, media and popular authors.


Year 1 - Two Written examinations for AS Level: Paper One – Language and the Individual (1hr 30 mins) 50% of AS Level

Paper Two – Language Varieties (1hr 30 mins) 50% of AS Level


Year 2 - Two written examinations: Paper One – Language, the Individual and Society (2 hrs 30 mins) 40%

Paper Two – Language Diversity and Change (2 hrs 30 mins) 40% plus Non-exam assessment –Independent research project of approx. 3,500 words. 20% of A Level.

Assessed by teachers.

Future opportunities

English Language A Level is an excellent preparation for any degree course or career. The high level thinking skills required for analysing language use and in debating a range of contemporary issues are transferable to any subject. Your ability to present a clear line of argument and to communicate clearly in both written and spoken modes will also be highly valued by any employer. Successful English students often go on to different careers such as: Teaching, Media, Journalism, Marketing, careers in the Public Sector, and professions like Law, Banking and Insurance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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