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English Literature A level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

Interested in how language works? Studying English Language reveals how words can influence others and how English constantly changes to adapt to modern life. Studying English Language encourages analysis and insight and develops your debating and discussion skills, and, of course, improves your written skills. Choosing English Language will challenge your views, make you see things differently and may even change your life.

Course content

You will study topics including language, the individual and society, textual variations and representations, child language development, and language diversity and change. You will study how different groups use language according to influences, such as, ethnicity, occupation, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. You will also study dialects including global, national and regional varieties of English. You will investigate and evaluate data and write analytical essays, challenging theoretical viewpoints. You will produce your own writing for coursework and in exam conditions and then critically evaluate your own work. You will get the opportunity to be independent and develop your research skills through producing a 2000-word language investigation into a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English Language


Examination – Paper 1 (Language and the Individual) AS (50%) 1.5 hours

Examination – Paper 2 (Language Varieties) AS (50%) 1.5 hours

following the AQA specification

A Level: 
Examination – Paper 1 (The Individual and Society) A Level (40%) 2.5 hours

Examination – Paper 2 (Language Diversity and Change) A Level (40%) 2.5 hours

Non Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Language Investigation and Original Writing) A Level (20%)

Assessment is via non-exam assessment which will be externally moderated and external examination following the AQA specification.

Future opportunities

You can apply for university courses in English Language and linguistics as well as a whole range of other subjects with a combined degree. Relevant careers include journalism, sales, teaching, management, administration, information management, publishing and public services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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