English Language

The English Language is the medium through which we express ourselves and through which we come to understand our world.

By studying the language, you will develop your understanding of that world and you will become a more skilled communicator - people often say that learning to use their own language really effectively is empowering, and that has got to be good!


The Sixth Form

English Language is in itself a possible university choice but the A Level is a qualification that is welcomed by many subject areas for university studies and is often appreciated by employers.

“The climax of the course gets students to participate in the big debates about language.”


 What will you study? The areas in bold print  are relevant to the full A Level only.

  • How to analyse language
  • Your own writing skills
  • Textual variations and representations. You can probably spot the difference between an online blog and a newspaper report, but what are those differences?
  • How children learn language
  •  The diversity of language: how we speak, how we write, gender influences, occupational influences, the influence of technology and so on.
  • Language change. (Did you know that Shakespeare wrote Modern English?)
  • Language discourses – linking analysis, writing a good essay and expressing your opinion, using what you know about language to create your essay.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language.


A level: Assessment is through two examination papers – each two and a half hours long – plus a non-exam assessment of three pieces of writing, totalling 3,500 words. In the non-exam assessment you will have a chance to choose a research topic and an original writing piece that interest you.

AS level: Assessment is through two examination papers, each an hour and a half long. One focuses on textual variations and representations and the other on language diversity, language discourses and directed writing skills.

Telephone: 023 80328200 Email: info@st-annes.uk.com