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 three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, 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, Film 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 The Sixth Form Bolton?

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
An enjoyable atmosphere
High progression rates to university