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English Language A level at JFS

Course description

The course provides students with the opportunity to develop their interest in and appreciation of English, through learning about its structures and its functions, its developments and its variations. The course will encourage the students to produce work that is both analytical and creative.

One of the key differences from English Literature ‘A’ Level is that English Language students are required to analyse the intricacies of language in detail.  They need to apply this understanding of language to their study of texts and to their own creative writing.

Entry requirements

The minimum course requirement for ‘A’ Level English Language is level 5 for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.  

You need to enjoy identifying, analysing and evaluating how speakers and writers use different features of language to achieve their aims. Potential students should consider carefully whether they would enjoy and benefit from such study.


There are two examined components and one non-examined assessment component. The two exams are equally weighted and offer opportunities for candidates to provide extended exploratory responses.

  • The first component offers candidatesthe opportunity to develop their ability to apply the analytical tools to texts in varying modes, as well as to engage in current debates around language use.
  • The second component explores language use in particular contexts across time and place.
  • The non-examined assessment component allows candidates to pursue an independent language investigation and go on to show their creative and presentation abilities in the academic poster - developing the skills most valued by HE and employers.

Future opportunities

The analytical and creative aspects of the course should appeal to those students who want a career which will allow them to remain in contact with the spoken and printed word, e.g. Journalism, Creative writer, Speech therapist, Teaching, Linguist, Publishing, Advertising and TV/Radio Production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JFS directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2016
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