English Language


Course Duration: 2 years Course Level: A Level
English Lit b -

Why study English Language?

  • I want to know more about components of the English language – its grammar, vocabulary and sounds – and how we use it
  • I want to explore the power language can have to create meanings and influence people
  • I enjoy analysing written and spoken texts
  • I enjoy group work and contributing to discussions
  • I want to develop my written English skills to a high level.

What does the course consist of?

  • Studying topics such as how and why English changes; how children learn to speak and write; how English is used around the world; and why there are regional and social differences in speech
  • Analysing written, spoken and electronic texts, including texts from earlier times. You will build upon your GCSE skills to analyse texts in greater depth and detail
  • Exploring important issues about language, power and representation
  • Investigating an aspect of English that interests you and writing a piece of original writing such as a story or film review (both pieces contribute to the coursework component).

How is this course assessed?

  • Two examinations (worth 40% each) at the end of the second year
  • Two pieces of coursework (worth 20% in total).

What might this course lead on to?

  • Many students go on to study at university in subjects such as English, law, history or education
  • This subject is well-regarded in careers where a good understanding of the English Language is important (Law, Journalism and Broadcasting, Teaching, PR, Media, Publishing, Libraries and Management, for instance).
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