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English Language A Level at Congleton High School

Course description

An understanding of how language works is absolutely essential if you want to examine communication and interaction between people. In this subject you will learn how language is acquired during childhood. Furthermore, you will learn how language has changed and is constantly changing in the age of the Internet. You will analyse speech and writing and develop your own writing skills in using different styles to suit different purposes and audiences. You will learn how to discuss language and to understand its roots and its grammar. You will create your own texts and learn how to adapt and change texts created by others. If you enjoy discussions, reading and writing then this is a subject that will suit you. English Language blends analytical skills with creative flair to make this both a challenging and exciting subject.

This course will make you think about how language is used – all around you-all the time! Taking English Language is hard work! In order to get the most out of the course you have to enjoy reading and writing. Discussions are often lively and good fun. You will have to learn how to discuss language and understand grammar. But don’t worry, you’ll be taught the terms you need to do this.

Course content

The English Language A Level will enable students to build on the skills they have developed at GCSE, by engaging critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will investigate and analyse language under a number of themes which may include language change over time, English in the 21st Century, children’s language acquisition, original writing, the impact on gender, culture, power and diversity upon language, spoken language and textual variations and representations.

Entry requirements

If you wish to take English Language it is recommended that you have passed GCSE English at grade B or above. You should have an open mind and enjoy discussing controversial topics and exploring concepts. You should be keen on writing imaginatively and originally and should be able to adapt your style to suit different purposes.


You will engage in discussions, carry out research, give presentations and take part in workshops. You will be encouraged to think more deeply about the different audiences and purposes of your own writing. You will learn how to analyse your own writing as well as that of others. You will write in different styles for a variety of purposes and audiences. You will study different styles such as advertising, legal documents, literary texts, even the latest jargon used on the Internet.

The A Level in Language is a two year course. It consists of two exams worth 80% and one coursework essay worth 20%. All assessment is in the summer of Year 13.

Future opportunities

This course provides a good foundation for further English Language studies at college or university. You can use your A Level as part of an entrance qualification for degree courses at university. Many students progress to degrees in the Arts, Social Sciences or Humanities. English Language A Level will also be useful as a general qualification to support an application to study something completely different.

This course can be taken in conjunction with other vocational or academic courses at Congleton High School Sixth Form or The Congleton College. English Language is a very versatile subject. It can be combined with any of the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences or Vocational A Level courses. It can also offer a refreshing alternative for students taking Maths and Science courses. It also offers excellent opportunities to cover Key Skills in Communication and Information Technology.

If you do not go on to Higher Education, the skills that you have acquired in reading, writing, analysis and communication will be valued by employers in a wide range of occupations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Congleton High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2016
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