Why Study English Language?

There are very few, if any, areas of our lives that do not involve using language. Studying English Language at A Level will enable you to learn about the structures and functions of the language we use, and to become aware of the social, historical and psychological issues which shape the ways we think, speak and write. Expect something very different from GCSE!

You will learn how to analyse spoken and written language; discuss and analyse how conversation works; investigate the mysterious processes through which children learn to talk; and learn about the relationship between the language we use and our social values. You will engage with debates about English Language and learn about
how and why the English Language has changed over centuries.

You will discuss questions such as: why do many people dislike the Brummie accent, but love to hear a Geordie speak? Could the English Language die out in the next few hundred years? How has the internet changed language use? Do men and women speak the same language? You will also have the opportunity to investigate aspects of language independently in your coursework, as well as to produce some creative writing.

The A Level is assessed by two external exams which will require you to analyse unseen texts, test your knowledge of spoken and written language, evaluate theories and debates and write an article on attitudes to language variation and change. There are two pieces of coursework, one analytical and one creative.

Why Study English Language at Worcester Sixth Form College?

You will learn how to analyse spoken and written language; discuss and analyse how conversation works; investigate the mysterious processes through which children learn to talk; and learn about the relationship between the language we use and our social values. You will engage with debates about English Language and learn about how and why the English Language has changed over centuries. You will discuss questions such as: why do many people dislike the Brummie accent, but love to hear a Geordie speak? Could the English Language die out in the next few hundred years? How has the internet changed language use? Do men and women speak the same language? You will also have the opportunity to investigate aspects of language independently in your coursework, as well as to produce some creative writing.

Lilli Haworth

Lilli Haworth

English Language - Bishop Perowne CE College
I originally chose to study English Language at A Level because of my success with English at GCSE and my interest in studying the intricacies of language structure further. I was also enthusiastic to learn about spoken English and to use transcripts, due to my desire to study forensic linguistics later in life. However, although my future plans have changed and I will study Philosophy, Politics and Economics at University, English Language is still a useful subject as it has helped me with my analytical and evaluative skills for essay writing. It has also given me insight into how language can be manipulated for specific purposes, for example, political speeches. My other A Levels are Politics and History. Part of the English A Level course is History of English, so studying History alongside this gives me valuable context and is useful when comparing texts from different time periods. There is also opportunity to write creatively in the coursework and exam, which gives you a break from writing factually in other subjects.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study English Language related courses such as Linguistics or Communication Studies at university. English Language is a subject that goes well with almost any area of study, so students have also gone on to courses in English Literature, Law, Business, Performing Arts, Psychology, Forensics and many others. English Language is also a very useful qualification for anybody wishing to go into primary teaching, speech therapy or journalism.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
English Language4GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Interest in linguistics and language.Optional visits approx. £30

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