English Language

A Level


As a student of English Language you will: Be invited to take part in an incredibly diverse, knowledge rich subject and to take part in discussion and debate on controversial topics. Practice skills which will be immediately applicable and transferrable to your life, career and further study. Grow your understanding of how language shapes your own identity. Develop your understanding about how language is shaped by cultural diversity, including gender, ethnicity, occupation, background. Develop your subject knowledge and knowledge of key theories to enable you to form critical opinions towards language debates. Develop your understanding of language diversity. Grow your understanding of the history of language change and contemporary developments. Become an expert in language debates, viewpoints and why language continues to remain a contentious issue. Gain an understanding of factors affecting language acquisition – how do you go from nothing to language? Develop an understanding of the English Language’s place in the world, including the history and spread of English language. Develop your command of the language we use to talk about language as a framework to explore texts. Become skilled at applying this framework to texts – analysing, evaluating, and comparing how meaning is made through language. Develop the ability to craft your writing, not only to demonstrate subject knowledge, but also to suit a variety of audiences and purposes. Become more confident in exploring and investigating language, undertaking research, gathering data and drawing conclusions.


English Language complements 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.

Additional Entry Requirements

One grade 5 and one grade 6 in 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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