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English Language A Level at John Leggott Sixth Form College

Course description

Overview of content:

Component 1: Language Variation:

  • how language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience
  • how language choices can create personal identities
  • language variation in English from c1550 (the beginnings of Early Modern English) to the present day.

Component 2: Child Language:

  • spoken language acquisition and how children learn to write between the ages of 0 and 8
  • the relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy skills that children are taught, including the beginnings of reading
  • appropriate theories of children’s language development.

Component 3: Investigating Language:

  • select a research focus from five topic areas
  • develop their research and investigation skills
  • undertake a focussed investigation
  • apply their knowledge of language levels and key language concepts developed through the whole course
  • develop their personal language specialism.

Non-exam assessment: Crafting Language:

  • research a selected genre
  • demonstrate their skills as writers within their selected genre, crafting texts for different audiences and/or purposes
  • reflect on their research and writing in an accompanying commentary.

Entry requirements

GCSE Language at grade B, English Literature at B is desirable although not essential. If only one English was taken, must have at least A in this subject.

GCSE Average 5.2 or above, including 5 C grades


  • Paper 1:
    2¼ hour exam
    35% of A Level
  • Paper 2: 
    1 hour exam
    20% of A Level
  • Paper 3:
    1 ¾ hour exam
    25% of A Level
  • Non-exam assessment:
    Coursework folder
    20% of A Level

Future opportunities

An advanced level of understanding of the English Language is essential for a wide range of careers; students often move into Higher Education, or employment in education, professional and social services, administrative services, management, leisure, entertainment and media.

Further information

You will be able to get involved with college societies alongside your studies. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2016

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