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English Language A Level at New Charter Academy & 6th Form

Course description

Where does the English Language came from and where is it going? How is text messaging changing our language? How do we learn to speak? Why do newspapers seem to represent men and women differently?

If any of these questions interest you, you will enjoy this course. English Language will give you the opportunity to discover the world of the English and take an exciting step towards the study of language and linguistics at a higher level.

Course content

You will debate topics such as:

  • Why does every generation think that the language of the younger generation is deteriorating?
  • How is that children can master their native language by the age of 24 months?
  • Do you believe there is a standard of English we should all adhere to?
  • Are women more likely to use self-deprecating language? If so, why?
  • Is text-speak killing the English Language?



Consider these headlines from newspapers on the day after the Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2012:


The Telegraph: GOING FOR GOLD

The Daily Express: BRITAIN AT ITS BEST

The Daily Mail: BLAST-OFF

The Daily Mirror: Maj-ical

The Daily Star: Greatest Show on Earth

The Independent: LET THE GAMES BEGIN

The Guardian: Night of Wonder

The Scotsman: Light-Fantastic

The Belfast Telegraph: Glowing with Pride


Consider how each headline represents the ceremony AND the attitudes and values the paper may represent.

Entry requirements

You need to meet the stated Academy entry requirements for AS/A2 courses and have a B grade or above in GCSE English language.


Language and the Individual

Here we learn how to analyse unseen texts for issues of audience, purpose, context and representation gender, ethnicity or age are represented in the media


Language Varieties

Here we consider issues of diversity: how is our language varied in relation to social class, geography or gender? How does our occupation affect  language use?


Language, the Individual and Society

Children’s Language Development looks at how we develop as speakers and writers from birth to adulthood.

We also look at how English has become a global language. Will American-English win out?


Language Diversity and Change

For this paper we explore the history of our changing language as well as identifying forces upon it and differing attitudes to change.



In your second year of study, you will produce a Coursework Portfolio including an Investigation into a language issue of your choice AND an original piece of storytelling. This will definitely appeal to the budding writers amongst you.


NOTE: A Level English Language is NOT the same as ‘English Language’ at GCSE. It isabout the English Language and includes research, history, grammar, sociolinguistics and people’s attitudes.

Future opportunities

English Language A Level is essential if you’re going on to study English, linguistics, teaching or speech therapy. It’s a must for aspiring journalists, too.


Apart from this, English Language can lead you into exciting and challenging new areas of undergraduate study such as linguistic forensics and criminology, where you learn to piece together evidence based on your analysis of a person’s written and speech styles. 


Above all, A Level English Language demonstrates to future employers that you have the ability to commit to learning. It will demonstrate you have acquired good communication, reasoning and analytical skills -essential in practically every walk of life.

Further information


An environment that supports the individual, is committed to your learning and is dedicated to your future.

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: 02 October 2015
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