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English Language AS/A level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

English Language at A Level involves finding out about language itself, the language we all use for everyday communication. It is therefore, very different to GCSE English.

The course involves exploring different language varieties, including regional and national variations, groups identity variations, written, spoken and electronic language, language collections such as dictionaries and online resources. You will also discover variations due to gender, examining deficit, dominance, difference and diversity models. Some theories believe that men and women speak so differently that it's like a different culture and that this results in a lot of miscommunication.

In the second year, you will explore how young children acquire language and how English has evolved over time. You will investigate a topic of your choice, such as the rhetoric of speeches or the language of comedy.

You will learn:

  • a range of writing skills to suit different needs, registers and styles.
  • how purpose, audience, context and cultural values impact on language.
  • how to investigate, evaluate and draw conclusions from a research-based project.
  • how to use accurate linguistic terminology.

You will develop your creative writing skills, producing directed writing tasks and your own original writing.

Course content


Language in Action investigation

  • Devising methodologies, collecting data, analysing data and drawing conclusions.
  • A balance of independent study and teacher guidance or support.
  • Application of relevant language concepts.

Child Language Development

  • Stages of literacy development
  • Theories surrounding language acquisition
  • Working with extended data
  • A focus on discursive essay writing skills

A Level

Language in Action

  • Original writing
  • Working with style models
  • Considering audience, purpose and genre in the production of creative writing.

Language Change

  • Lexis and semantics
  • Debates surrounding change
  • Developing discursive, analytical and directed writing skills.


Entry requirements

In order to follow a level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade B GCSE English Language on Higher Tier paper
  • plus 4 other subjects at GCSE

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until at least a grade C is achieved.



  • Paper 1: Written examination. 1 hour 30 mins 50%
  • Paper 2: Written examination. 1 hour 30mins 50%


A Level

  • Paper 1: Written examination. 2 hours 30mins 40%
  • Paper 2: Written examination. 2 hours 30 mins 40%

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for higher education in English Language, Linguistics or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could enter a career related to English Language such as a teaching, journalism, advertising, creative writing or broadcasting, Public Relations and Library Services. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are regarded highly by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 22 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years