Entry Requirements

Grade 5 GCSE English Language would be minimum entry requirement but the Head of Department will reserve the right to view individual students on their merits.

For more information contact

Miss L Robinson

AS & A2

It is likely that you will have a conversation, send or receive a text, listen to music or watch television in a typical day. You may read a poster, a magazine or visit the library to study! You may use language to swear, joke, argue or discuss. These are just a few examples of the purposes of spoken and written language in use that you can study. It is fascinating to discover the way in which males and females interact differently, the stages and theories of child language and development, and to examine language variation related to geographical area and changes through time. What makes language persuasive, emotive or instructive? How can words have such amazing diverse effects? Detailed structural analysis of language within a variety of contexts can lead to the discovery of how language form links to language function.

Structure and Content

Textual Variations and Representations, including:

From various writers and speakers

For various audiences

For various purposes

In a variety of genres

Using a variety of modes (written, spoken, electronic)

From different times

From different places (global, national, regional)

Children’s Language Development, including:

The functions of children’s language

Phonological, pragmatic, lexical, semantic and grammatical development

Different genres of speech and writing

Different modes of communication (spoken, written, multimodal)

Theories and research about language development

Language Diversity and Change, including:

Texts using different sociolects (to include social and occupational groups, gender and ethnicity)

Texts using different dialects (to include regional, national and international varieties of English)

Texts that use language to represent the different groups above

Texts from different periods, from 1600 to the present day

Written, spoken and electronic texts about a range of subjects, for various audiences and purposes in a variety of genres

Items from collections of language data ( dictionaries, online resources, language corporal)

Research findings ( tables, graphs, statistics)

Writing Skills, including:

Writing discursively about language issues in an academic essay

Writing analytically about texts as parts of discourses about language

Writing about language issues in a variety of forms to communicate their ideas to a non-specialist audience


The A-level is assessed through 5 hours of examinations at the end of year 2. This is a linear course. There is also a 20% coursework component. This includes:

A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)

A piece of original writing and commentary

(1,500 words total)

Career Opportunities

Studying English Language can lead to a career in a range of different industries, some examples of jobs are – journalism, editor, publisher, book author, public relations and teaching.