English Language, A Level

Course start date:
10 Sep 2018
Course end date:
21 Jun 2019

A Level English Language 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 opportunity for students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views.

The course covers a variety of topics including how the language has changed and developed over time and how language can be used and manipulated for various effects, both on an individual level and also on a societal level.

The course gives students the opportunity to develop independent approaches, and to undertake paired and group work.  This develops critical understanding in analysing the ways in which language changes and develops on both an individual and global scale.

The course can be taken in the following ways:

- As a stand-alone part-time course.

- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.

- As part of a study programme with another two A Levels (full-time package).

Next: What will I learn?

What will I learn?

Your course will explore the below topics which form your assessment:

Exam Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
Textual Variations and Representations
Children’s language development (0-11 years)
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 100 marks, 40% of A Level

Exam Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
Language diversity and change
Language discourses
Writing Skills
Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes , 100 marks, 40% of A Level

A personal investigation that explores a specific technique or concept in language analysis (3,500 words)

Assessed by teachers, Moderated by AQA, 50 marks, 20% of A Level

Assessed by teachers, Moderated by AQA, 50 marks, 20% of A-level

Next: Assessment

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed by two examinations at the end of the year and a piece of independent study in the form of the course work.

Next: Career Opportunities?

Career Opportunities

English Language will give you a wide range of job prospects including advertising, human resources, journalism, law, publishing, management, teaching amongst others.

Next: Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are:

5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above (A*-C) which must include Maths.

GCSE English Language at Grade 6 (or B).

If you would like to study this course part-time, please contact the A Level tutor:
Fernanda Mawdsley: Fernanda.Mawdsley@kendal.ac.uk

If you would like to study a full-time programme of A Levels, please complete a full-time application form.

Next: Fees

Adult fees


Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on enquiries@kendal.ac.uk for details. More about Student Finance.

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