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English Language A level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

AQA’s A Level English Language gives learners the opportunity to study English language and its use in contemporary communication. It aims to encourage a critical response to texts in a range of forms (including spoken language), styles and contexts, and to promote skills of communication, reading, research and analysis. Through their study, learners will develop an ability to read and analyse material, gaining further knowledge and understanding of English language features and issues, and writing clearly, accurately, creatively and effectively for different purposes and audiences. The course is thought-provoking, demanding and fulfilling.

Entry requirements

Students embarking on studies of language will need a passion for reading, an inquiring and analytical mind, and the ability to work independently. Students will also need to express their ideas clearly and succinctly.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects.


Paper 1 Language, the Individual and Society:

  • Analysis of texts and child language development
  • 40% of A Level

Paper 2 Language Diversity and Change:

  • Discussing issues surrounding language, such as global language and variation of English
  • 40% of A Level

Non- examination unit:

  • A language investigation, original writing and commentary
  • 20% of A Level

Future opportunities

English Language qualifications provides a wide range of transferable skills, which are important in many career fields - You will develop an ability to present a coherent argument and critically examine texts. An English Language A level can open the doors to further education either continuing your studies in English Language, or in another subject within humanities or the Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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