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English Language A Level


(Stand-alone AS available)

The syllabus followed and outlined below is Edexcel. From 2015 this course is linear . To achieve the full A level all exams/coursework will be completed in Year 13.

> Component 1 Language Variation

The study of varieties of contemporary language and language variation in English from Early Modern English to the present day. Students will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context. (Exam, 35% of A Level)

> Component 2 Child Language

The study of spoken language acquisition, theories of children’s language development and how children learn to read write. (Exam, 20% of A Level)

> Component 3 Investigating Language

Research into a particular field of language: Regional Variation in English, Global English or Language and Gender/Journalism/Power. The subtopic to study is provided by the exam board. The investigation will include researching origins/development of language, main features of language use and changing attitudes. (Exam, 25% of A Level)

> Component 4 Coursework Crafting Language

Research into a selected genre followed by 2 assignments totalling 3000 words which demonstrate skill as a writer in that genre accompanied by a commentary reflecting on the writing produced. (Internally assessed and externally moderated coursework, 20% of A Level)

Examination arrangements

Students may sit a standalone AS by completing 2 exam papers: Language Context and Identity (a version of Component 1, 60%) and Child Language (a version of Component 2, 40%)

Recommended support materials and revision guides

At the start of both the AS and A2 parts of the course students will have access to text books to support the course. Any study guides purchased should be recommended by the teacher as they can be of variable quality and value to the students.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above is preferred (which must include English and English Literature)


What can I do after I’ve completed the course?

You can apply to do a degree in a wide range of subjects, such as English, Journalism, Media and Communication Studies or Law. You can also apply for a job with training in the public and voluntary sectors. By studying Language you will become expert at reading and responding to a wide variety of texts; at interpreting, analysing and gathering and assessing evidence; and at working independently and creatively. In the real world, including the world of work, we are bombarded with language; the skills that you will learn, therefore, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

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