English Language A Level

Course Description

If you enjoy analysing contemporary written and spoken language from a variety of media and composing your own texts, then A Level English Language will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in a lively and stimulating environment.

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

You will have the opportunity to discuss and analyse various types of writing including: newspapers; guide books; scripts and TV voiceovers. Also explored is how language changes over time and varies across the world. There is a further opportunity for creative writing in coursework, and to explore children’s spoken and written language. There is a combination of exams and independent coursework. Topics include: Language & Gender; Accent & Dialect; Language Change; Child Language Acquisition.


There are two exams, one for each module:
Paper 1: (40%) Language, the Individual and Society
Paper 2: (40%) Language Diversity and Change
Non-exam assessment: (20%)
You will also produce a language investigation, a creative writing piece as well as commentary identifying your linguistic choices.

Enrichment and Work Experience

There is the opportunity to complete a one week work placement in the summer term. As part of enrichment, you will have the opportunity to attend theatre trips, journalism workshops and university trips. You will also be able to attend day placements at schools.

Additional Information

Books will be provided by the English and MFL department although some coursework texts may be purchased by students.

Links with other subjects:
This course links well with English Literature, Media Studies, History, Spanish and Drama & Theatre Studies.

Future Career Opportunities

Both universities and employers value and respect an A Level in English Language. Former students have progressed to degrees in Humanities’ courses at university and careers in Journalism, Law, Teaching and Lecturing.

Why Study at BSFC?

The Department of English & Modern Foreign Languages is well-resourced, has highly qualified teachers who are also examiners, and achieves excellent results. As a student, you can expect:
• Interesting and thought-provoking topics
• Expert teaching and assessment
• Lively classroom discussion
• Friendly guidance
• Optional extra lessons
• Theatre, Cinema and TV Studio trips
• Teachers available at lunchtimes
• An enjoyable atmosphere
• To pass!!
We look forward to meeting and teaching you soon!