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English Language AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

A Level English Language is a subject that encourages students to reflect upon the ways that language use is influenced by social, geographical and temporal contexts. Students can expect to study features of language diversity, methods of linguistic analysis and social attitudes to language use. In addition, the full A Level course offers an opportunity to complete an independent language investigation alongside a piece of original writing. It also explores the ways that children acquire language. Students will encounter a varied range of texts and they will develop their ability to think critically and analytically

Course content

The subject combines extremely well with other courses such as English Literature, History, Drama, Psychology, and Media Studies as they all focus to some extent on the ways that language can be used and understood in different contexts. The study of English Language also complements subjects where English is the medium of instruction as students will have a greater awareness of how and why specialist texts have been written

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE English Language and at least a Grade C in GCSE English Literature.


Students will complete two exams as part of the AS English Language qualification at the end of Year 12.

They will complete the full A Level at the end of Year 13 and this comprises two examinations as well as a non-examination assessment (coursework).

Future opportunities

Students who have previously taken a course in A Level English Language have gone on to pursue university degrees in a wide range of subject areas. Furthermore, taking the subject at this level provides many different career opportunities, especially in the fields of education, the media, the law and other occupations where a higher level of competence in English is a prerequisite

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 25 July 2016

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