English Language A-Level

During this English A-Level, you will study the concepts and methods of linguistic analysis to explore spoken, written and multi-modal forms of English. You will develop original writing skills, study how language develops, and explore how it is used in the media.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


A Level


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 03116y1 09/09/24 19/06/26

What will I study?

During the next two years, you will study the concepts and methods of linguistic analysis so you can explore a wide range of spoken, written and multi-modal forms of English.

The syllabus puts the system of English language - pronunciation and writing, grammar and meaning - at the heart of the course. It will develop your ability to apply the system to texts, compare them and explain how particular language features contribute to meaning.

You will develop original writing skills for a real-world purpose on topical language issues. You will also study how language develops and how it is used in the media.

Towards the end of the second year, you will complete an independent language investigation which will develop your research and presentation skills.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

A GCSE grade 5 in English Language.

How will I be assessed?

Your assessment will take place in three parts. The first will be an externally assessed written paper worth 80 marks and equivalent to 40% of your A-Level. The second part will be another externally assessed written paper worth 80 marks, making up another 40% of the A-Level. The third part will be internally assessed non-examined assessment worth 40 marks and making the remaining 20% of your overall grade.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve an A-Level in English Language.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you will be well prepared for undergraduate study in English Language or Linguistics and progression into other language-related degrees such as Modern Languages, Classics, or Speech Therapy. This course is also especially useful if you're interested in studying for a career in journalism, law, education or social sciences.

Are there any extra costs?

There are no specific extra costs for this course, but we would encourage you to buy the course text book and a revision guide.

Additional Info

We arrange many opportunities for English enrichment. We hold events for National Poetry Day and an annual Creative Writing competition with workshops sponsored by the Asham Literary Trust. We have links to BBC Radio 4 Book Club and have taken groups of students several times to take part in broadcasts. We also have links with the Charleston Trust's Literary Festivals.

We have also arranged trips to the British Library for workshops and exhibitions on issues, such as Language Change and the language of politics and propaganda. We have also visited the home of Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest literary figures of the eighteenth century, most famously compiling his "Dictionary of the English Language" in 1755.