AS and A Level
- Level 6 in GCSE English Language
- Level 5 in GCSE English Literature
In Year 12, you will study a range of topics, including:
- Language and power
- Language and gender
- Language and occupation
- Regional varieties of English
- Close analysis of language use
In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, exploring more advanced topics including:
- Child language development (how children learn to speak, read and write)
- How English has changed over hundreds of years
You will also complete a piece of coursework that includes some original writing and an investigation into something you find interesting.
How will the course be assessed?
At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in English Language. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.
- Exam: Language and the Individual – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
- Exam: Language Varieties – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in English Language. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.
- Exam: Language, the Individual and Society – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
- Exam: Language Diversity and Change – 2.5 hours – 40% of A level
- Coursework: Language in Action – 20% of A level
Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.