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English Language A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

Studying language provides many opportunities for students to develop a wide range of skills that are relevant throughout their everyday lives.  Students are encouraged to think analytically, delving beyond the surface meaning of texts by examining how writers use different language levels to construct them.  Furthermore through consideration of the contexts of the texts and methods of production and receivership, students are able to develop a wider understanding and appreciation of how language is used in the world around them.  Being able to work independently and having the confidence to justify and evaluate their own views when responding to a wide range of language issues are further skills that students will develop on this course.


Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

We offer OCR English Language A level studying the topics of Exploring Language (which examines how writers construct different texts and encourages the students of offer their own opinions on different language issues discussed in the media) and Dimensions of Linguistic Variations (which examines issues of language change and child language acquisition).  The course also includes a Non-Examination Assessment, in which students are able to investigate an aspect of language use of their own choosing, writing both analytically and academically about this. 

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Students need to achieve 5  9-5 GCSEs including English and maths, one of which should be a grade 6 or higher in English Language or Literature.



This course is assessed by 80% examination, with two exams, each worth 40% of the final grade.  The NEA (Non-Examined Assessment) is initially marked by the teachers and is worth 20% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

All universities see an A-Level in English Language as a major asset to any course, as it exhibits that students are academically able, well-read and capable writers.  Specific careers which are benefitted by this subject are journalism, law, broadcasting, media, teaching, advertising, editing, lexicography and marketing among many others.  An A Level in English Language will open many doors to a successful future.

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: 30 October 2018
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