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English Language (GCE) at Shelley College

Course description

Why study English Language?

A Level English Language is a diverse and engaging course; exploring how we communicate in different ways through a range of spoken, written and electronic texts. Discover the magnitude and magnificence of our language and how context, style and delivery influence our understanding of it.

You will get an opportunity to develop skills, such as journalistic writing, language analysis, investigating and evaluating contexts, researching and examining linguistic terminology, presenting ideas in discussion, communicating in individual and group work, applying and understanding language theory, and creative and imaginative writing.

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.

We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).


There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.


Average Grade

Programme of study


Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels


Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway


Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway


The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:




Component 1: Language Variation - Paper code: 9EN0/01

Written examination, lasting 2 hours 15 minutes.

● Two sections: students answer the question in Section A and the question in

Section B.

● Total of 60 marks available – 30 marks per section.

● Section A – Individual Variation: one question on two unseen 21st-century

linked texts/data. Students produce an extended comparative

● Section B – Variation over Time: one question on two thematically linked

unseen texts/data, from two different periods. Students produce an extended

comparative response.

Total 35% of Grade

Component 2: Child Language  - Paper code: 9EN0/02

Written examination, lasting 1 hour.

● Total of 45 marks available.

One question based on a set of unseen data – either spoken or written.

Students produce an extended response.

Total 20% of Grade

Component 3: Investigating Language  - Paper code: 9EN0/03

Written examination, lasting 1 hour 45 minutes.

● Two sections: students answer one question from Section A and one question

from Section B.

● Total of 45 marks available: Section A question is 15 marks and Section B

question is 30 marks.

● Section A – one question on unseen data. Students must answer the question

on the subtopic they have researched

● Section B – one evaluative question. Students must answer the question on

the subtopic they have researched and must make connections with data from

their investigation. Students produce an extended response.

Total 25% of Grade

Coursework: Crafting Language  - Code: 9EN0/04

Students produce two assignments:

● Assignment 1: two pieces of original writing from the same genre,

differentiated by function and/or audience

● Assignment 2: one commentary, reflecting on the two pieces of original

writing produced and making connections with research undertaken

● Total of 50 marks available: Assignment 1 is 30 marks and Assignment 2 is

20 marks.

Total 20% of Grade

Future opportunities

Career and future study options

English Language is a varied and flexible subject which develops lots of useful transferable skills and knowledge.



Teaching -Primary, Secondary, Higher Education

Linguistics -Analyst, Historian

Journalism -Reporter, Critic, Proof Reader

Advertising -Copy, Design, Sales

PR - Press Officer, Event Coordinator

Radio - Writer, Production

Communications - Analyst, Research

Film & TV - Directing, Production, Screenwriter

New Media - Sales, Design

Marketing -Research, Analyst, Design

Public Sector -Librarian, Communications Officer

Entertainment -Promotion, Marketing.

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: 13 October 2017
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