Havant Sixth Form College

A Levels: English Language

Why study English Language?

English Language is not the subject you have been taught so far in your education.

Your English Language teachers are here not to teach you how to ’do’ English, but to teach you about the amazing English language itself and how we got it, how we use it and what it shows about its users.

Study English Language and you’ll be able to discuss and debate answers to intriguing questions such as ‘How do children learn to talk?’, ‘Which factors affect my speech style?’, ‘Is there any such thing as ‘bad’ language?’ and ‘Is it true that women and men talk differently, or is it a myth?’

You will be able to develop your written and analytical skills. English Language is essential if you’re going on to study English, linguistics or even teaching, or you have ambitions to train as a speech therapist and it’s a must for aspiring journalists. English Language will lead you into exciting and challenging new areas of undergraduate study such as linguistic forensics and criminology, where you learn to piece together evidence based on your analysis of a person’s written and speech style.

What will I study?

The English Language A Level course offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others.

The specification 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 ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual thought.

The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert power in society is also fundamental to the core of this course. Students will study: Child Language Development, Grammar, Sound and Word Systems, Language Change Through Time and Variations, which will include; Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Age, Occupation, Social Class, Regional Accent and Dialect and World English.

How will I be assessed?

A Level English Language is linear, being assessed at the end of the two year course by two 2.5hr examinations (80%) and a portfolio of non-exam assessment (coursework) which will include a Language Investigation and an Original Writing piece worth 20% of your final A Level.

What are the entry requirements?

The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language and Mathematics.

You will need a grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language. 

What Havant adds to this

You’ll have the opportunity to visit the British Library for a walk through English Language Change and Variations, attend workshops by linguists, and travel to university lectures and study conferences. 

Your destinations with this course

The majority of our students progress on to Higher Education, studying a wide variety of subjects. Related degrees our students have gone on to study include law, international business, economics, speech & language therapy, English teacher training at primary, senior and F.E. level, as well as English Literature, linguistics and creative writing.


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