English Language

Course Content

  • Language, the Individual and Society- analysis of a wide range of texts exploring how language is used to create meanings and representations

  • Children’s Language Development

  • Language Diversity and Change, exploring how language is affected by a range of social contexts, including gender, occupation, accent and dialect, and language change

  • Language in Action- original writing, exploring the power of persuasion and the power of storytelling   

  • Language investigation- Your opportunity to collect data and explore an area of linguistic study which interests you.



Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society (2 hours, 30 minutes; 40% of final grade)

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (2 hours, 30 minutes; 40% of final grade)

NEA coursework unit: Language in Action (20% of final grade)


Progression into careers via:

Film, media, television, radio



Publishing and editing


Travel: journalism; charity management; advertisements

Law and forensic linguistics

Business management

Education and librarianship

Performance arts – music, acting

Museum curatorship

Speech therapy

Accent/dialect coaching


Length of Course:  A Level: 2 years


Examination Board:   AQA

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