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In Short

You will gain an awareness of how language is used. This is a wide academic subject which gives you the opportunity to write in a number of different styles and to explore both the spoken and written use of language in a social context. You will gain an insight into how language works right down to the level of individual sentences and word formations.


Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at Grade 9-5 including English.

Course Content

Our AQA AS/A Level English Language specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses. The specification explores the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views. The A level course also includes the opportunity to produce an investigation and original writing portfolio. The topics and titles of the AS ‘Language and the individual’ focuses on individual contexts for language, and ‘Language varieties’ considers larger-scale public discourses about variety. This specification draws academic insights from a range of fields within the study of English language/ linguistics, including sociolinguistics and discourse analysis. Our AS English Language specification offers a common core of analytical methods, topics and skills, which are then assessed in two exams in the summer and can be built on in the A-level in English Language.



Students who completed this course in have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Film & Screen Studies, BA (Hons) English and BA (Hons) English Language & Media at institutions such as Cardiff University, Bath Spa University and Brunel University.



If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. • If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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