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English Language A level at Leyton Sixth Form College

Course description

The AS course explores language, the individual and society, as well as diversity and change. So you may be looking at the attitudes a particular word conveys, or how people are represented in the media. In diversity and change, you could be looking at how and why people speak differently in different parts of the country or the world.

Students choosing to continue the subject through to the full A Level will study child language development and language change. Through this you can explore theories about how children develop language and investigate how language has changed over time. There is an investigation where you choose a topic that interests you to investigate and this is supplemented by a creative writing piece.

Course content

Paper 1: Language and the Individual
Paper 2: Language Varieties

AS topics are as follows:

  • language and social groups
  • language and region
  • language and occupation
  • language and gender

Entry requirements


C/5  – English Language,

C/5  – English Literature




Exam board: AQA

The AS qualification is assessed through two examinations.

Future opportunities

Students studying AS and A Level English Literature do so in order to serve a variety of academic and career directions. Many choose it in order to study an English degree at university, with a view to accessing careers in journalism, teaching or any occupation that requires strong skills of analysis and communication. Other students take English Literature because it is highly respected by universities and therefore works well alongside subject combinations for highly competitive courses, such as medicine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leyton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 06 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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    • Working within a safe, welcoming and stimulating environment, which embraces diversity and promotes respect, we help students fulfil their academic potential and become thinking, questioning and caring members of society.