English Language

 English is all around us, wherever we are in the world. Studying English language allows the opportunity to explore features of interest from what we hear, read and say every day.

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE English language


Assessment is through two examination papers – each two and a half hours long – plus a non-exam assessment of three pieces of writing, totalling 3,500 words. In the non-exam assessment you will have a chance to choose a research topic and an original writing piece that interest you


English language is in itself a possible university choice but the A Level is a qualification that is welcomed by many subject areas for university studies and is often appreciated by employers.

 The English language is the medium through which we express ourselves and through which we come to understand our world. By studying the language, you will develop your understanding of that world and you will become a more skilled communicator - people often say that learning to use their own language really effectively is empowering, and that has got to be good!

What will you study?

  • How to analyse language
  • Your own writing skills
  • Textual variations and representations. You can probably spot the difference between an online blog and a newspaper report, but what are those differences?
  • How children learn language
  • The diversity of language: how we speak, how we write, gender influences, occupational influences, the influence of technology and so on.
  • Language change. (Did you know that Shakespeare wrote Modern English?)
  •  Language discourses – linking analysis, writing a good essay and expressing your opinion, using what you know about language to create your essay.