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English Language AS & A2 Level (AQA) at Crossley Heath School

Course description

Students studying English Language at AS/A2 Level consistently achieve excellent results at The Crossley Heath School. The subject is taught by dedicated staff who have a genuine passion and enthusiasm for the subject. The course is very different from GCSE English Language, with students typically studying the following: how language is used to create specific representations; language diversity; attitudes to language varieties; children’s language development; language change over time and differences between spoken and written language. During the A2 year of study students carry out an independent research project in which they investigate a linguistic area of particular interest to them. Throughout their studies, students will develop an in-depth grammatical knowledge, as this is essential for success on the course.

Methods of study

Lessons will include a variety of activities such as group discussions, peer assessment, independent research and presentations.


From the academic year 2015-2016, the course will be linear. This means that all exams will be taken at the end of the course. In total, there will be four exams and one piece of coursework. 

Entry requirements

You will need to have attained at least a B in English/English Literature at GCSE.

Future opportunities

English language A Level enables students to develop a number of transferable skills. The opportunity to carry out independent research is excellent preparation for the independent learning which is essential for university study.

Students develop analytical skills, along with the ability to apply relevant theory and research within a discursive essay. Students also gain an in-depth insight into language and how it operates within the world around them. 

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Crossley Heath School directly.

Last updated date: 04 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One Year for AS Two years for A2