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English Language A-Level at John Port School

Course description

Year 1:

You will analyse: variations in texts – how texts vary according to audience, purpose, register, formality and context; representation of events, people and circumstances in both fiction and nonfiction for both spoken and written texts; and diversity - how our language use differs depending on our gender, occupation, power, class, accent, dialect, the context and who we are speaking/writing to. You will debate language use in your creative writing.

Year 2:

In the second year we will study Child Language Acquisition (how children acquire the ability to speak, read and write) and Language Change (how and why language has changed over time and continues to evolve today). Two coursework tasks (worth 20%) will be completed: a Language Investigation (2,000 words) and original writing and commentary (1,500 words total).

Entry requirements

The general entry requirement for the Sixth Form applies. This should include GCSE English at grade B or above.


This course is assessed with two end-of-year exams, each worth 40% of the A Level. You will receive the final 20% of your grade for the coursework you have produced.

Future opportunities

English Language is highly regarded by universities as it complements a wide range of educational courses. The study of English Language fosters independent learning skills and opportunities to carry out detailed research projects. At university, there is a considerable range of English-related courses available that directly build on existing skills and knowledge at A level, from creative writing to web content production. Additionally, your deeper understanding of the way language works will complement subjects such as social sciences, publishing and law.

In terms of your future career, your studies in language will give you an edge over other applicants due to your skills of analysing written and spoken language and your ability to craft and control your own communication. Your sophisticated awareness of English will be invaluable in careers such as: teaching, journalism, advertising, marketing and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Port School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years