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English Language A level at Wilmslow High School

Course description

The course is designed to encourage students to think about the ways that the English language functions in the world around them. This includes units focusing on how children acquire language, how technology, gender and power have an effect upon usage as well as how our language has changed over time.

Students will consider their own language use and have the opportunity to develop their linguistic skills by producing texts for different purposes and audiences. They will be encouraged to develop an increasing level of independence through an investigation into an aspect of language study that they have particularly enjoyed during the course.

The aim of the course is to develop students’ knowledge and awareness of the dynamics of language as well as promoting independent learning and thinking skills that may be valuable in future educational and vocational contexts.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE or above in English and a preferred grade B in English Literature.


Students undertaking the AS course only will cover the following:

AS Paper 1 – Language and the Individual

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

What’s assessed: Textual variations and representations and methods of language analysis


AS Paper 2 – Language Varieties

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

What’s assessed: Language diversity, writing skills and methods of language analysis


Students undertaking the full A-level course will complete the following units:

A-Level Paper 1 – Language, the Individual and Society

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Textual variations and representations, child language development (0-11 years), methods of language analysis

A-Level Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes (40% of A-level)

What’s assessed: Language diversity and change, writing skills, language discourses, methods of language analysis

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

Assessed: Coursework of 3500 words

What’s assessed: Language investigation, original writing and commentary (20% of A-level)

Further information

English Language A level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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