English Language

Do women gossip more than men? Has technology impacted on our language? How do children learn to talk?  Be an expert in using and analysing language.

In both years you will study and analyse spoken, written and multi modal texts and data using a variety of methods as well as creating your own texts.  

Course Overview
Year 1

Paper 1: Language and the Individual:  How language constructs identity, how language is shaped by context and situation, how language is used to represent people and ideas

Paper 2: Language Varieties: How and why our language use changes depending on the people we are with, the features of different accents, dialects and sociolects, what people think about the use of language

Year 2

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society: Building on the concepts from Year 1, how and why children develop language

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change: Building on the concepts of Year 1, How and why language has changed over time, Attitudes to language variety and change

Coursework: Language in Action: Investigation project pursuing an area of individual linguistic interest, Original writing portfolio and commentary


English Language compliments all subjects but has obvious thematic links with psychology, sociology, history and biology.  It is explicitly linked to degrees in linguistics, creative writing, media, education and journalism. 


Any profession requiring a detailed and critical understanding of communication such as journalism, the media, law, banking and commerce as well as teaching in both the primary and secondary sectors.

“The beauty of language is that it is an identity, it contains phonology and semantics that hold so many ideas and meanings that are unique to that person.”  

Year 13 student

Key Facts

Qualification type:

A Level

Additional entry requirements:

GCSE B grades in both English Language and English Literature


Year 1

Paper 1: 50%, Paper 2: 50%


Year 2

Paper 1: 40%, Paper 2: 40%, Coursework: 20%

Opportunities for work-related activities:

Visits and experiences at CLF academies (primary and secondary)

Linguistics department at UWE


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