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English Language



Specification AQA GCE English Language
Contact Mrs V Fox (Learning Director: English & Communications)
Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE English Language


Is this course for me?

You need to be able to analyse in depth and get to grips with a vast amount of linguistic terminology very quickly. You will also need to be proficient in written communication, expressing yourself in a logical, accurate and often creative manner.

Where can it take me?

English Language can lead to a range of careers that require communication and creativity. Popular choices include journalism, publishing, teaching/lecturing, media and television careers, researching, writing, advertising, speech therapy, to name but a few.

What do current students think?

  • English Language has challenged my creative and analytical abilities. I love to write in different genres and have had plenty of opportunity to do so, crafting a monologue and a newspaper editorial. You get chance to analyse in a different way to GCSE, looking at social and cultural factors that influence language use in spoken and written contexts.


A Level Qualification Structure

Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society

This is an examination unit, whereby students should build upon the skills acquired at AS Level. As with AS Level, students must write three essays, based upon close analysis and comparison of two texts, but here, the texts are from different time periods. The second half of this examination asks students to write a discursive piece on children’s language development.

Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change

This is an examination unit, whereby students must write one essay on the topic of language change or diversity. Students must also write an analysis based upon two texts, discussing how their language use reflects ideas, attitudes and opinions present within the society in which they were produced. Students then produce a more creative written piece on a given brief, discussing similar linguistic concepts for a non-specialist audience.

Unit 3: Language in Action

This is a coursework unit, whereby students display both their analytical and creative writing skills. Students must produce a language investigation independently on a linguistic concept they are interested in. Students collect their own data, devise hypotheses and analyse to prove or disprove them. Students must also produce a creative piece, writing with a chosen genre for a specific audience and purpose. Students then write an analytical commentary, where they explain their linguistic choices and methods.

Specification AQA GCE English Language
Contact Mrs V Fox (Learning Director: English & Communications)
Entry requirements Grade B in GCSE English Language.


Please note: English Language has a new, reformed Specification for 2015, in which the AS and Advanced Level are standalone qualifications.


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