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A-Level English Language at Silverdale

Course description

The study of how English works as a language and how context affects spoken and written use of English.  There are no set texts to study and students are encouraged to apply skills learned in lessons to everday material.  Language is more than a tool for communication, it shapes our thoughts and in doing so it shapes our world.


This is the focus of English Language A Level

Course content

The course covers the variations and representations created through language in a wide range of texts. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode. They will be able to apply a variety of linguistic terminology to explore how meanings, representations and contextual factors are created in these texts.


They will explore the 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. Students will also explore speech varieties in the British isles and the variety within global English.


Students will study children's language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.


Students will develop skills writing for a non-specialist audience, discursive essay writing, detailed analysis and evaluation of data, and the ability to apply a variety of theories and concepts to their answers confidently.

Coursework :

  1. An original piece of creative writing and a commentary exploring their language choices. 
  2. Investigating Language:  Coursework involving the application of linguistic knowledge and concepts to an area of language of the student's own choice.



Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.


80% exam

20% coursework


The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined in June of the second year of study.  Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students' progression in both years.

Future opportunities

Degree courses in : English studies, journalism, linguistics, education, communication, media, law.  A useful qualification for all courses which develops analytical skills and provides evidence of the ability to use language successfully.

Further information

With great enthusiasm.  Students will develop analytical skills when approaching a range of spoken and written data.  The ten lessons a fortnight are split between two teachers.  A range of teaching and learning strategies are employed.  Students are expected to actively contribute in lessons.


During production of coursework, all students will be offered sessions involving one to one consultatations with teachres, while other students work independently.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.