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English Language AS / A Level

English language is a more specialised language course which investigates a variety of written and spoken language to ask questions about where our language comes from, how it works in practice and about the variety of language in use today. It combines theory, analysis and grammar with the development of practical writing skills.

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All students (16-18 year olds and 19+) on level 3 vocational and academic programmes will study two qualifications over the duration of their two-year course.


An example of this is BTEC students will study for a 90 credit qualification in the 1st year. Upon successful completion, they will be able to progress to the 2nd year and study a diploma/extended diploma qualification.


A level students will study AS Level in their first year and upon successful achievement will progress through to the full A Level in their second year.


UK and EU students aged 19 or over on 31st August directly preceding their academic year will normally be required to pay tuition fees for that year of study. Advanced Learner Loans may be available for students studying at Level 3.


Course fees (for learners aged 19+) may be charged as follows:

A Level programme (2 year course)
1 x A Level = £850 per annum
2 x A Levels = £1,700 per annum
3 x A Levels = £2,550 per annum

Plus registration/exam fees = £120 per A Level


Vocational programme (eg BTEC / CACHE / UAL)
90 credit qualification (year 1) = £2,550
Diploma/extended diploma qualification (year 2) = £2,550


Students who are 19+ years old with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) issued by the Local Authority are not required to pay course fees (ie tuition fees are free). Students will be required to provide a final copy of their EHCP provided by the LA as evidence.

  • What will I study and learn?

    You will develop your skills as a producer and interpreter of the English language. You will gain an understanding of the methods used to analyse language; exploring data and examples of language in use. Topics include language and power, how children learn language, how language changes over time and how language reflects changes in technology and culture. This course will give you the opportunity to produce your own original writing, as well as independently conduct a language investigation.

    At AS Level you will study 2 Components:

      Component 1: Analysis of Texts in Context

    • In this unit you will engage with language use in different situations. Section A will focus specifically on the spoken language of the media. Section B is based on the study of written language. You will be introduced to how both spoken and written language is shaped by audience, purpose and context.

    • Component 2: Using Language

    • In this unit you will be encouraged to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of language. You will have the opportunity to apply your analytical and creative skills. Section A is based on the study of a corpus of data. You will explore mini-texts linked by genre and/or topic and identify linguistic patterns and connections. In Section B you will produce one original piece of writing and a commentary. This section gives you the opportunity to think creatively and write with an awareness of audience, form and purpose.

    For the full A Level, you will build on the skills learnt at AS over Four Components, extending your linguistic skills.

      Component 1: Language Concepts and Issues 

    • You will build on your AS skills to engage with language use in different situations and have opportunity to apply your critical skills and your language knowledge.

    • Component 2: Language Change Over Time

    • This component encourages you to engage with language across time. It gives you the opportunity to apply your analytical skills and your knowledge of language change.

    • Component 3: Creative and Critical Use of Language

    • This component will give you the opportunity to communicate in different ways and to explain how language is used to shape meaning.

    • Component 4: Language and Identity

    • This component gives opportunities for you to select an aspect of study that interests you, related to the theme of language and identity. You are required to independently conduct a language investigation, to develop your methods of language analysis through research, data collection and interpretation and to select material that is culturally, personally and academically of interest to you.
  • How is the course assessed?

    The full A level assessment is 20% coursework and 80% exams. AS is 100% exams.

  • What courses would combine well with this course?

    AS/A Level English language can be combined with any other subject across the curriculum. Because of its practical and investigative nature, it particularly complements other subjects that operate in this logical manner such as maths and the sciences, law, psychology and computing. It would offer an enjoyable contrast to other expressive subjects such as drama and theatre studies or art.

  • What skills will I need for the course?

    First and foremost you need to have an inquiring and investigative habit of mind. You need to be curious about where words have come from, how we use them now and the direction in which language is going. In order to describe this, you must be prepared to learn and use grammatical terms and be systematic in gathering and examining data. Second, you need to be able to write clear and accurate English and have a desire to extend its scope, so that you can use your writing ability for a range of academic and practical purposes.

  • What formal entry requirements will I need?

    You will need an average point score of 5 including GCSE English at grade 6.

    Points calculation

    The average points score for entry to an A Level programme will be calculated using your 8 best GCSEs OR 6 GCSEs plus 1 technical qualification (equivalent to a maximum of 2 GCSEs and 10 points).

    From 2017 English Language, English Literature and Mathematics GCSE will be graded numerically (1 – 9. Grade 5 = a good grade C, grade 6 = grade B and grade 7 = grade A).

    To work out your average and find out more information, please see our Entry Requirements page.

  • What could the course lead to in higher education or careers?

    Due to its practical and investigative nature, A level English Language provides a pathway to further study in physical and social sciences, law, psychology and business. It provides a good grounding for direct employment in the fields of media, education and social work.

  • Are there any costs involved?

    This subject depends heavily on photocopied source materials and there is a small resource fee of £10 per year. In addition you will need textbooks costing around £20-£25 per year. There may also be visits to places such as the British Library, paid for on an individual basis.

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