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English Language AS/A Level at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College

Course description

On this course you will encounter newspaper reports, blogs, technical articles, jokes and even slang. While learning how to describe writing, speech and electronic communication you will also have the chance to develop your own writing. You will investigate English Language and its varieties in terms of time, social class, gender and regional differences.

Course content

A Level Paper 1 and Paper 2as well as completing the assessed work for the full A Level.

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

  • Textual variations
  • The features of writing, speech and electronic communication
  • Technical terms
  • The skill of analysis
  • Children’s language development from 0-11 years, in speech and writing

Paper 2: Language, Diversity and Change

  • Language diversity and change in terms of time, gender, social class, region and ethnicity
  • Language discourses – attitudes to language change and diversity
  • Writing skills – writing about a language issue related to change or diversity

Assessed work: Language in Action

  • Language investigation (2000 word investigation on a language issue)
  • Original writing (750 words) and commentary on one of the following:
    • the power or persuasion   OR
    • the power of storytelling  OR
    • the power of information


Entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade C or above (including English Language)
  • A lively curiosity about language


  • You will be reading and analysing critically
  • Your spelling and punctuation should already be competent
  • You should be prepared to experiment in your creative work


Future opportunities

English Language is a useful qualification for a career in journalism, languages and linguistics and provides an excellent entry qualification for these courses at degree level. Some, though not all, traditional English courses at university may require A-Level English Literature for entry.

Further information

We have a wide range of coursework topic books as well as an excellent section in the library, including DVDs and CDs.

A-Level English Language can be combined with any other subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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