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English Language AS & A Level at Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School

Course description

In English Language you take a close look at how language is used in a variety of contexts, depending upon speaker, audience and purpose. Topics studied include child language development, history of the English Language, and a study of how language is used to shape our impressions of celebrities, politicians, institutions and events.

To take full advantage of the course, you should start taking notice of how language is used around you. This includes looking out for language issues in the media, being aware of how people choose words and use them, observing how conversations work and reading independently around the different topics.

Course content

AS Level

  • Component 1 – Language and the individual
    Requires you to study: Textual variations and representations including written, spoken and electronic modes; Linguistic Frameworks used for the analysis of language.
  • Component 2 – Language varieties
    Requires you to study: Language diversity including accents, dialects and identity; Language discourses on attitudes to language.


  • Component 1 – Language, the individual and society
    Requires you to study: Textual variations and representations including texts from different times and places; Children’s language development.
  • Component 2 – Language diversity and change
    Requires you to study: Diversity and change including texts from 1600 to present day; Language discourses exploring how and why language varies and the attitudes to language variation.
  • Component 3 – Non‐exam assessment: Language in action
    Requires you to produce two pieces of coursework.  You will have to undertake a language investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing with a commentary (1,500 words).

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B (or grade 6 in English and Mathematics) is required to have a free choice of A‐ Level courses.   We would anticipate that you would achieve a minimum of GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.
  • Students will be expected to achieve at least a grade B in the subjects they choose to take and this will be applied rigidly to Mathematics, Further Mathematics, the Sciences and Modern Foreign Languages.   


Examining Body:  AQA

AS Level

  • Component 1: External Exam (1 ½ hours) 50% of AS
  • Component 2: External Exam (1 ½ hours) 50% of AS


  • Component 1:  External Exam ( 2 ½ hours) 40% of A‐Level
  • Component 2:  External Exam (2 ½ hours) 40% of A‐Level
  • Component 3:  Non‐Exam Assessment (3,500 words) 20% of A‐Level

Future opportunities

English Language does not lead to a specific career path. It provides students with invaluable skills which can be transferred into different areas of work or life

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Tenison's CofE High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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