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English Language A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

A level English Language is a course suited to those students who are interested in learning more about how language 'works'. It is an exciting and topical course that requires you to question the way we communicate and think more deeply about the way language is used and its impact on us. There is a strong theoretical element but much of the work is based on discussion, activities and fieldwork. Students must be capable of dealing with concepts and need writing skills demonstrated by a minimum of a B grade in their GCSE results.

Course content

The course will explore some of the following:

AS Level:

  • Language and power/gender
  • Attitudes towards language
  • Topical issues surrounding language

A Level:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Language Change
  • An Independent language investigation

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for sixth form - 5 A*-C GCSEs or equivalent, including English and usually Maths.  Further information available in our school Prospectus.  This is available on our website

Specific entry requirement for this subject - B grade or above in GCSE English


This is a skills based mark scheme. The specification in English Language is designed to encourage the development of analysing texts in context.  You will prepare for the language exam, which will focus on the close reading and analysis of different kinds of writing. All students will sit the AS examination.

Future opportunities

A level English Language is recognised by most universities. The analytical and philosophical skills acquired along with the emphasis on practical work make it suited to those willing to pursue a range of careers: law, journalism, education, social work, nursing, advertising, personnel and industrial management, retailing, media, psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years