Course Details

A Level English Language will allow you to explore the ways in which meanings are created in spoken, written and electronic forms of communication. You will practise evaluating the impact of grammatical structures in a range of data extracts ranging from social 'chat' to academic materials. Exploring linguistic features enables you to understand how language shapes and creates viewpoints. Language debates are a key element of the course including youth language, social media and gender variation.

Entry Requirements

You need to have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 9/A* - 4/C including English Language and Maths. You will also be required to complete a GCSE to A Level Transition Project, prior to enrolment, to prepare you for A Level English Language.

Career options

Studying English Language you will have options to go into Higher Education or careers in courses in linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, writing, marketing, advertising, journalism, teaching, publishing and many more.

A Level English Language

Five highlights

  • 1 To be inspired in an interactive environment
  • 2 To explore language issues in an inclusive class
  • 3 To benefit from detailed subject knowledge
  • 4 To enhance opportunities for university entrance
  • 5 To access the range of resources and facilities available at Chichester

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 08.09.2020
  • AQA A Level in English Language


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Course code Location Course length Start date
LAN090CD1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 08.09.2020

What you need to know

What will I study?

You will study linguistic features including: grammar, lexis (word choice), phonology (sounds), semantics (meanings) and pragmatics (meanings in context) and how to evaluate the use of these features in a range of written, spoken and electronic forms of communication. The issue of varying representations and how they are constructed for a range of different target audiences is studied. You will also develop research skills by selecting, analysing and creating written extracts that create and challenge stereotypes. You will study a range of theories about how children develop language. These include Behaviourist, Nativist and Cognitive theories. You will study stages of development, linguistic examples and additional studies such as the 'Wug test' and 'Fis experiment.'

How will I be taught?

Activities include: debate and discussion, matching tasks, problem solving tasks, presentations, 'you tube', radio and video extracts, linguistic 'games', tests, comprehension and other reading and writing tasks. Lessons include individual, pair and group tasks. You will have the opportunity to attend an English Language conference and publishing event. A Level English Language uses a system of Flipped Learning where you will learn some basic facts before the lesson and then your teacher will de

How will I be assessed?

This is a two-year linear A Level where you are examined on the whole syllabus at the end of the second year. Each project is assessed as a portfolio of work. You will be assessed through 5 hours of examinations at the end of this 2 year linear course. There is also a 20% coursework component. To prepare you for external exams, you will carry out a programme of weekly tests, exam style assessments and Formal Progress Points where you will monitor your attendance, how hard you are working and your academic progress. All Year 1 students will progress through a Year 1 Gateway that will allow you to progress to Year 2.

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