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A Level English Language at Brinsworth Academy

Course description

The English Language course contains a mixture of analysing relevant, engaging and up-to-date content that reflects contemporary language study with elements of creative writing. With exciting text and data-based sources of language, the new specification introduces the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course.

Course content

Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps. The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 4 on the English GCSE paper, preferably a grade 5. Students should have an interest in the English Language and enjoy analysing its use and ongoing change.


Paper 1 - Language, the individual and society
Section A: Textual variations and representations
Section B: Children’s language development

Paper 2 - Language diversity and change
Section A: Diversity and change
Section B: Language discourses

The A level non-exam assessment component provides opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest and develop personal and independent learning skills which are worth 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

English Language combines well with all subjects. The ability to write precisely and demonstrate expertise is essential in all subjects and career paths. Successful completion of the course will enable students to progress to higher education,or employment in a range of industries. A qualification in English Language is highly valued in many industries, especially where analytical written and communication skills playa role. A-Level English Language will open doorways to a range of careers in including journalism, law and teaching.

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: 28 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years