English Language

English Language A Level is very different to its GCSE counterpart. It is challenging with analysis of the intricacies of the English Language at the heart of the course. You will encounter countless exciting texts and data-based sources from a variety of different genres – and not only written data but spoken too.

Subject Type: A Level
Details of Exam Board: AQA
Entry Requirements:

5 GCSEs, grade 4 or above, including Maths. Grade 6 in English Language.

Last three years destinations:
  • BA (Hons) Marketing at Liverpool John Moores University
  • BA (Hons) English Language and Literature at Newcastle University
  • BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism at Plymouth Marjon University

Over 375 million people speak the English language across the world. English is a complex language with many nuances and that’s exactly what makes it so interesting! Our use of the English Language can shape perception and create opinions, to an extent that most people probably aren’t aware of. I’ve been fascinated by how we use language for as long as I can remember and I love having the opportunity to discuss topical issues surrounding the language with the next generation.

Course Aims

You will have the opportunity to explore the ways in which English functions in the real world, from how children learn to speak to how English has secured its place as a dominant world language. The course aims to develop a wide range of skills including critical reading, data analysis, developing and sustaining arguments in written format.

Progression

The prestigious nature of this A Level means that it opens a vast list of university courses and employment opportunities. Degree courses associated with all stages of Education from Early Years to Secondary, Law, Journalism and Advertising are highly appropriate progression routes. The depth of writing skills developed on the course also makes this an ideal foundation for careers within business and industry.

Exam

The weighting of assessment is 20% NEA project and 80% examinations.

The project will be set and marked by your teacher and then externally moderated.

There are two examinations which are both completed at the end of year 13. They carry an equal weighting of 40% each of your overall grade. Both are set and marked by the exam board and they have a duration of 2 hours 30 minutes each.