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AS/A level English Language at Forge Valley School

Course description

Studying English language can involve exploring almost any use of words. You will have the opportunity to study the ways English language is used in a variety of forms, such as casual spoken conversations and advertising material, texts and tweets, and legal and medical discourse. You will also be able to study language from a range of periods and cultures, maybe engaging with the evolution of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings onwards, maybe looking at global English – the variety of forms of English in use across the world today.

Your English language course will also teach you to analyse language at many levels – you might study the smallest units of written language and the phonetic alphabet, word-formation and the history of word meanings,. In addition, you may observe and study notions of ‘standard’ or ‘formal’ (and ‘non-standard’ and ‘informal’) grammar and pronunciation (and the ethical significance of such distinctions), discourse patterns and dialect variation and change alongside issues of logic and meaning around matters like politeness and jokes.



Course content

The course enables you to study language acquisition, the development of the English language over time, regional differences and grammar. You will develop your ability to write for various audiences and genres and interpret the work of others.


1.    Textual variations and representations.

2.    Language Diversity

3.    Writing Skills


A level:    

1.    Textual variations and representations.

2.    Children’s language development.

3.    Language diversity and change.

4.    Language discourses.

5.    Writing skills.

6.    Language Investigation.

7.    Original Writing.

Entry requirements

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C or equivalent, including a minimum of Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.



Paper 1: Language and the individual (1 hour 30 minutes).

Paper 2: Language varieties (1 hour 30 minutes)

A level: 

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society (2 hours 30 minutes).

Paper 2: Language diversity and change (2 hours 30 minutes).

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

3,500 word count covering 1. A language investigation 2. A  piece of original writing and commentary.


Future opportunities

Move on to a host of courses at university including English, politics, humanities or social sciences. English develops the skills you need to succeed in a wide range of careers and fits alongside most other courses.

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: 10 October 2017
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