English Language

Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

If you have ever wondered how we are persuaded to make decisions or perform actions, and want to understand how language works, then A Level English Language will help provide answers. You will engage with language theory that helps to explain the link between language and power. You will discover how languages are born, how they develop and sometimes how they die. You will also explore the fascinating process of how we acquire the ability to talk, read and write. For your coursework you will produce original writing as well as investigate how others use language.

What next?

Students who study this A Level often progress to undergraduate courses in Linguistics, Law, Media, and Education. It is a valuable qualification for career pathways such as; teaching, marketing, journalism, human resources, law and events management.


Language and Representation

Varieties of Language

Child Language Acquisition

Language and Diversity: gender, age, social class and occupation

Language Change

World Englishes


Examination 80%

Coursework 20%

Additional Activities

Field work in language

Language Conference visit

British Library visit

Entry Requirements

Þ Minimum 5 GCSES at grade 4 or above

Þ At least grade 5 in GCSE English Language

Student Financial Contribution: None

What Our Students Think

“English Language has allowed me to think more broadly about how I speak and why I say the words that I do in the way that I do, and how it differs from others. I’ve really enjoyed learning about how children acquire language and how different environments can change their development.”  (Kitty—Student S6C)