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English Language AS/A2 Level at Heathfield Community College

Course description

Studying English Language will offer you a fascinating insight into how language functions and how it both shapes and reflects our society and culture. With a strong linguistic focus, the course will demand high level analytical skills when you examine a range of both spoken and written texts. Particular areas of study may include the impact gender has on language use and the impact of modern technology on language development. You will also have the opportunity to improve your writing skills by undertaking some creative writing tasks and being taught to appreciate the art of crafting your own writing.


Course content

Year 1

Unit 1: Language and the individual

The study of how writers use language to create meanings and representations.

Assessment Information

90 minute exam paper. Examination is worth 50% of the AS grade

Unit 2: Language varieties

The study of language in use, focusing on regional, social and occupational dialect and diversity

Assessment Information

90 minute exam paper. Examination is worth 50% of the AS grade

Year 2

Unit 1: Language, the individual and society

The study of meanings and representations, alongside Child Language Development

Assessment Information

2 hour 30 minute exam, worth 40 % of final grade.

Unit 2: Language diversity and change

The study of language diversity and of attitudes to language change.

Assessment Information

2 hour 30 minute exam, worth 40% of final grade

Unit 3: Language investigation and original writing

Assesment Information

3,500 words non-exam assessment, worth 20% of final grade.

Entry requirements

A* - B in GCSE English Language and A* - B in GCSE English Literature


See Course Content for full assessment information.

Future opportunities

English Language is a highly regarded A-level. It is very versatile and would be looked upon favourably by most university course leaders. Specific courses for which it is highly regarded are: English Language, Linguistics, Law, Humanities based subjects, Psychology and Sociology.

Further information

The course combines well with several AS and A2 level subjects including English Literature, History, Drama, Sociology and Psychology.

Student Views

"I loved studying English language. It changes the way you look at the world when you start to analyse how people use language to talk about themselves and other people." Elly Ambridge

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heathfield Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year AS Level / 2 years A2 Level
  • Course code: AQA 7701 / 7702
  • Number of planned places: 20

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Helen Holmes, 6th Form Pastoral Manager
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01435 866066 ext 1227
    • Email address: