English Language A-level

Interested in how language works?

Studying English Language reveals how words can influence others and how English constantly changes to adapt to modern life.

Studying English Language encourages analysis and insight and develops your debating and discussion skills, and, of course, improves your written skills.

Choosing English Language will challenge your views, make you see things differently and may even change your life.

What topics/modules are covered?

You will study topics including language, the individual and society, textual variations and representations, child language development, and language diversity and change. You will study how different groups in society use language according to influences, such as, ethnicity, occupation, class, gender, sexuality, and disability. You will also study dialects including global, national and regional varieties of English.

You will investigate and evaluate data and write analytical essays, challenging theoretical viewpoints. You will produce your own creative writing for coursework and in exam conditions and then critically evaluate your own work. You will get the opportunity to be independent and develop your research skills through producing a 2,000 word language investigation into a topic of your choice.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE English at grade 5 or above

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

  • Examination – Paper 1 (The Individual and Society)
    A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Examination – Paper 2 (Language Diversity and Change)
    A-level (40%) 2.5 hours
  • Non-Exam Assessment – Paper 3 (Language Investigation and Original Writing)
    A-level (20%)

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can apply for university courses in English Language and linguistics as well as a whole range of other subjects with a combined degree. Relevant careers include Journalism, Sales, Teaching, Management, Administration, Information Management, Publishing and Public Services.

What qualification will I gain?

AQA A-level English Language (7702).

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:42