Accessibility links

English Language A level at Wilberforce College

Course description

Why are words so powerful? If you’re captivated by language, from text messages to textual analysis, this course will indulge your interest in speech and writing.

Studying English Language will radically change your perception of written texts and spoken interactions, developing broad-ranging skills in analysis and evaluation. You will look for hidden meanings in advertisements; discover why your favourite TV show makes you giggle and even study the magic behind online dating ads!

Course content

You will study:

  • Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts of language using Key Frameworks to investigate the methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Explore data and examples of language in use
  • Engage creatively with creative original writing tasks
  • Explore language critically through the analysis of spoken language and non-literary texts
  • Explore language and meaning, attitudes conveyed, a range of modes and genres
  • Develop independent learning skills
  • Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Explore data and examples of language in use
  • Engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English
  • Develop you skills as producers and interpreters of language
  • Independently investigate language in use

Entry requirements

Five A* - C grades at GCSE including a minimum grade C in GCSE English Language


Component 1

Language Concepts and Issues
Written examination – 2 hours - 30% of qualification

• Section A - Analysis of Spoken Language
One question requiring analysis of at least two transcriptions
• Section B - Language Issues
One question from a choice of three based on the study of four topic areas

Component 2

Language Change Over Time
Written examination – 2 1/4 hours - 30% of qualification

• Section A - Language Change Over Time
One multi-part question and one essay question analysing language changeover time
• Section B - English in the Twenty-First Century
One question based on the ways language is used in the twenty-first century

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information