English Language

Why English Language?

The main focus behind the study of English Language is communication. Students are encouraged to explore how and why we communicate in the world in which we live, and how to express these ideas using their own successful communication skills. The asking of thought-provoking and polemical questions allows students to assess different arguments and to learn the value of their own thinking. Debate is crucial and encourages students to think outside of their own personal circumstances, developing their sense of empathy. Our English Language curriculum has been designed to enable students to understand the relationship between language and society, with a focus on honing their skills to be fully functioning members within that society.


What will I study?

Children’s language development

Language diversity and change

Language discourses

Writing skills

Language investigation

Original writing

The course is assessed over three elements:

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society (40%)

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (40%)

(Both exams are 2 hours 30 minutes)

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action (20%)

An investigation into a linguistic topic of your choice, and a piece of original writing with an evaluative commentary.


What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.