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.
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.